East Penn Press

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ai Orthodontics and dentists send cheer to LVHN patients

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Every year, orthodontist Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa asks his referring dentists to take the challenge of decorating a pumpkin for a patient at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest. This year’s event was called Ai Funny Fall Faces 2017.

Every year, the dentist offices respond with even more creative pumpkin designs than the year before.

This year was no exception with 50 decorated pumpkins returning to Ai Orthodontics for a judging contest in the office, on social media and with a number of local judges.

Players of the Stage presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Monday, December 4, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, will present the one-act play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9.

This play, based on Barbara Robinson’s work of the same name, tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after being told there would be snacks served.

Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play.

The play is directed by Lindsay Swavely. John McClure is the assistant director.

MACUNGIE BOROUGH COUNCIL

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Cordner suggests appointing chief of police

Mayor Gary Cordner discussed having a chief of police instead of an officer in charge at the Nov. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting.

Cordner recommended Sgt. Travis Kocher be named chief of police and suggested the new chief have civil service protection, which means the chief would have legal protection should any borough politicians try to remove him from the job.

Kocher said he would accept the position at council’s will. No decision was made at the Nov. 20 meeting.

Lmt Board of commissioners

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Plans for Taco Bell and Arby’s reviewed

There were two conditional use hearings at the Nov. 16 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.

The first conditional use involved the plans for Taco Bell at 5374 and 5382 Hamilton Blvd. near the Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center. The plan is to combine the lots and build a fast food restaurant with a drive-thru and construct a two-story office building.

Construction on this site will consider traffic issues which will include Meadowyck Condominiums.

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Spring Creek Properties sub-development reviewed

A major project discussed during the Nov. 14 Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission meeting was the Spring Creek Properties sub-development project.

The utilities are partially on the Jaindl real estate property and partially on the school district’s neighboring property. The commissioners said the plan has more than adequate street trees and the overall landscaping has been approved. The utilities would use wires that go straight into the building either from poles or underground.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ALLENTOWN

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Longtime pastor Dr. Michael Drake retires

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Drake retired from First Presbyterian Church of Allentown in September and sat down with The Press recently for an interview about his years of service.

Drake grew up in Greenville, Pa. with a Presbyterian father and a Methodist mother.

He studied piano and organ as a child and was involved in church school and youth groups.

Drake was a music major at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.

It was during his college years he started to contemplate a career in the church perhaps as an associate pastor and minister of music.