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Thursday, September 21, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Concerns over Streetscape Plan discussed

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council began with a presentation from Amy Resh, of the Emmaus Public Library. Resh mentioned 38 percent of residents in Macungie borough have a library card.

The total circulation for the library is also up 5 percent. The library holds events for kids, teens and adults and has recently upgraded their technology to have more Wi-Fi points and two new computers. The public library has received a $500,000 Keystone grant from the state for a 2,400 square foot addition.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Sept. 20

The East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers will host “What is Sustainable Building Envelope Technology?” with a tour of ATAS International, Inc., 6612 Snowdrift Road, Allentown. Registration and buffet lunch will be 11:30 a.m. to noon. Program and tour begins noon. Register at lehighvalleychamber.org. There is a cost to attend.

Emmaus Historical Society program “Stories About The 1803 House” 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall, Fifth and Chestnut streets. Ordered soup can be picked up beginning 4 p.m.

Sept. 21

Derbe Eckhart again charged with animal cruelty

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced Derbe Eckhart, of Heidelberg Township, has been charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals.

Eckhart, 49, of 6587 Central Road, was charged with 58 counts of cruelty to animals, six of which are graded as misdemeanors of the third degree and 52 as summary offenses.

The six counts are charged as misdemeanors as a result of factors which include Eckhart’s prior convictions of cruelty to animals.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Resident raises concerns over borough vacating street

Resident Neil Carl, who owns property on South First Street, expressed his concerns about the borough vacating part of the street, at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Sept. 18

Mike Wilson, of Motors Plus, is requesting to have part of the dead end street by his business, which is roughly 20 feet by 40 feet.

Carl complained the borough was allowing Wilson to operate his business within a 50-foot radius of a tributary of the Little Lehigh Creek, which Carl claims is against ordinances and the State Department of Environmental Protection agency.

Missing Salisbury woman’s body found in Lower Macungie


Nearly one month after a woman was reported missing from a home for senior citizens in Salisbury Township, the search is over.

Audrey Penn, 78, was pronounced dead 3:44 p.m. Sept. 17 by Deputy Coroner Jack Fliter after her body was found in a drainage ditch in the area of Hamilton Boulevard and Kressler Road, Lower Macungie Township.

Initially identified as Jane Doe by Fliter, she was positively identified as Penn in a news release to the media 9 p.m. Sept. 18 following testing earlier in the day.

An autopsy was performed Sept. 19 to determine the cause of death.