East Penn Press

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lehigh County loses longtime fire service veteran

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Volunteer fire service responders in southern Lehigh County lost a highly experienced, trusted and respected friend when longtime Lower Macungie Fire Marshal Brent McNabb, 59, was stricken at home and died Dec. 31, 2019.

McNabb had been a Lower Macungie Fire Department first responder for 43 years, serving as firefighter, lieutenant, assistant chief, deputy chief and most recently as township fire marshal.

Lower Macungie Fire Department Chief Dave Nosal said the department’s firefighters were “deeply saddened” by McNabb’s unexpected death.

County to host senior center in Coopersburg church

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners announced Lehigh County will lease a portion of St. John’s United Church of Christ, in Coopersburg, for the purpose of establishing a senior center at its Dec. 18, 2019 meeting. The new center will occupy 1,300 square feet in the back part of the church and will include a kitchen.

The lease will include 50 parking spaces and access to public bathrooms.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Newly elected council members sworn in

During the Jan. 6 Macungie Borough Council meeting, the newly elected council members were sworn by Judge Douglas G. Reichley of Lehigh County Common Pleas Court.

Ryan Hanosek, Todd Rutledge and Angela Ashbrook took the oath of office to serve on Macungie Borough Council.

Council also nominated and elected a president, vice-president and president pro tempore. John Yerman is the new president, Roseann Schleicher will return as vice president and Todd Rutledge is the president pro tempore.

There was an executive session regarding personnel issues.

Lehigh Valley Press parent company rebrands

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

The name may have changed, but our goal remains the same.

“Our mission is to inform and entertain our readers, preserve the history of our local community and service the needs of local businesses and individuals with diverse media solutions.”

With a strong lineage that can trace its history back to the Mauch Chunk Daily Times well over a century ago, the Times News – the sister daily paper of the Lehigh Valley Press – continues to adapt and has rebranded.

Glenn Eckhart — What’s next?

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Two-term Lehigh County Controller Republican Glenn Eckhart is looking to the next chapter of his life, after losing the November 2019 election to Democrat Mark Pinsley.

To know where Eckhart is going next, one must look at where he has been. Although he is one who looks to the future, it is clear the past has molded Eckhart into the person he is today.

“I was always interested in politics,” Eckhart said. He remembers the year 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected president. “I was 13 and thought that was the coolest thing in the world.”

Donations bring reinforcements to Allentown K-9 corps

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

At a morning news conference in city council chambers Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell and Police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. announced new additions to the city police department’s K-9 corps courtesy of donations from three organizations.

Stan and Tina Kanterman, of Somerset, N.J., founders of the nonprofit organization, “Remembering Brian Kanterman Inc.,” announced a $13,500 donation for a patrol/narcotics dog and training, as well as seven weeks of room and board for the handler.

A ballistic vest for the dog was also purchased.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

New emergency services Explorer Post forming for East Penn/Salisbury

High school students in the East Penn and Salisbury Township school districts are being offered an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in fire and EMS services and explore the career opportunities available in the fire and emergency medical service fields in the new Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post 763 being formed by Emmaus emergency service providers.