East Penn Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ClenRoy Geist, a.k.a. Crazy Elmer, celebrates 70 years as an entertainer

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Originally from Alburtis, ClenRoy Geist began his entertainment career at age 13 by joining his father and older brother as a minstrel show singer in Longswamp.

In 1949, Geist became a member of a local country group, Earl Keller and the Melody Rangers. When one of the end men, (literally the band members who sat at the open ends of the rows) left the group, Keller asked Geist to fill the role of the band’s comedian. Geist accepted and Elmer was born.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Local News

May 3

Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 noon at St. Timothy Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown. Mary Wozniak will discuss medical identity fraud. Non-members and guests are always welcome. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Allentown Food Bank. For more information, call 610-437-4265.

May 5

Springfest 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, 6440 Powder Valley Road, Zionsville. Baked goods, light lunch, flea market items and flowers for planting/hanging are available to purchase. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 610-965-6796.

UPPER MILFORD

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Summer bridge closure announced

Upper Milford Township Supervisors announced April 19 that the bridge over Route 29 and Indian Creek will be closed July 15 through 27 for work on the bridge. A 24-hour flagger force will be at the site; there will be no detours.

In other business, Dakota DeLong submitted a letter of resignation from the public works department effective April 27. He “thanked everyone” for their support.

Supervisors announced a public works position will be advertised; the full-time position pays $16 to $23 per hour.

ALBURTIS BOROUGH COUNCIL

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Ordinance approved regarding smoking, receptacles and peddling licenses

Alburtis Borough Council members discussed recent state bills regarding 96-foot-wide trucks and 102-foot-wide semi-trucks and how they will affect the borough at its April 25 meeting.

The bills were passed to update the current state laws and would allow municipalities to block off specific roads to trucks but they must prove a hardship case. The bills have not been signed by Gov. Tom Wolf yet and after 180 days they will go into effect.

Officer Tony Vanim made council aware of his opposition.

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

‘The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast’ performed April 28

Lead by volunteer drama club director Lisa Edelman and supported by a staff of parent volunteers, East Penn’s Jefferson Elementary School students presented “The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast” during two performances April 28.

This version of the classic tale, written for student performers, features original music and lyrics. Approximately 40 Jefferson Elementary School students appeared in two performances.

Celebrating Earth Day

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Chesterbrook Academy, 1550 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, held its annual ladybug launch April 20 in celebration of Earth Day.

On a very bright and cool morning, students headed outside for the event wearing their ladybug hats with antennas.

At 10 a.m. Principal Michele Somishka released a bag of approximately 1,500 ladybugs and the kids enthusiastically swarmed around the bugs, picking them up and holding them in their hands.