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Thursday, January 23, 2020


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Jan. 2

The Charles Henry Schaeffer American Legion Post #191 will meet 7 p.m. at Citizen’s Fire Co. #2, 1017 Pennsylvania Ave., Emmaus. The new meeting nights are the first Thursday of the month.

Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 will meet noon at St. Timothy Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown. Ron Goosely will entertain 1 p.m. Non-members and guests are welcome. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Allentown Food Bank. For more information, call 610-437-4265.

Jan. 5

German Christmas Service 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Fallen veterans honored in Fountain Hill

On a foggy hillside cemetery in Fountain Hill people gathered Dec. 14, 2019, to hear dignitaries express respect for the veterans who are buried in plots scattered over the broken but hallowed ground.

Representatives from each of the military services in turn carried pine-boughed and red-ribboned wreaths to white Christian crosses set up for the occasion.

After appropriate remarks on the sacrifices of the fallen and the solemn duty to honor them, a Navy Sea Cadet contingent of three riflemen fired seven volleys for a 21-gun salute.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Tax rate for 2020 approved

Alburtis Borough Council began the Dec. 23, 2019 meeting by carrying motions to approve previous meeting minutes, bills for payment and several reports.

With a lack of public comments, council proceeded to discuss Resolution No. 2019-13, the police pension plan, ordinances and a proposal to raise pay rates.

Resolution No. 2019-13 reduces pension plan contributions by police officers from five percent to four percent.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Township tax collector retires

During the Dec. 19, 2019 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners recognized retiring Township Tax Collector Patricia Vassilaros’ 20 years of service. Commissioners accepted her resignation and then appointed Lora Walmer to replace her.

Walmer will take over as tax collector until Dec. 31, 2021.

Renea Flexer was recognized for her years of service. She has given the township 10 years of service which presently includes her time as the assistant township manager.

Many options available for pets

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Local News


As family and friends travel for the holidays, it is important to remember the comfort and safety of the furry member of the family. Today, there are more pet-friendly travel options than ever before, and with the right preparation, pet owners can happily bring pets along by car, plane, or train.

Expert veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital recommend following these tips to ensure a safe and low-stress trip.

If traveling by car


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

DUI Highway Safety Task hosts annual nonalcoholic beverage tasting

For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest campus Dec. 19, 2019.

Supported by business and community leaders, the annual event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.

Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

CKS Engineers granted contract as new township engineer

The Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners replaced the engineer at its Dec. 5, 2019 meeting. Keystone has been replaced by CKS Engineers.

President Ronald Beitler said the idea of them not working for developers was appealing.

Beitler said Keystone has served the township well for over 40 years.

Commissioner Brian Higgins voted against the change and requested additional improvements.