East Penn Press

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Judge petitions for additional grand jury power

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

District Attorney Jim Martin has announced that pursuant to his request the Honorable Maria L. Dantos, supervising judge of the investigating grand jury, has petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to grant leave to the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas to resume use of an indicting grand jury. The supreme court has granted the petition of Dantos.

Local school bus driver receives employer’s highest safety award

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Student Transportation of America, a leader in school transportation, safety and fleet services, has inducted local area school bus driver Maggie Homick into its Safety “Wall of Fame,” the company’s highest and most prestigious honor, at a recent awards ceremony.

“To me, Maggie is the embodiment of the values of the STA Family,” Andrew Krahulik, terminal manager for STA’s operation in Macungie, said. “Her smile, jokes and willingness to help are truly infectious. I, as well as all the rest of the employees at our yard, are proud to have Maggie as a part of the team.”


Thursday, May 9, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Resident asks supervisors to tow vehicles

Resident William Ginder wanted the township to remove, by towing, the numerous vehicles a local resident of Allen Street has parked on various streets in Ginder’s neighborhood. Some of the streets with objectionable vehicles include Winfield Street, James Street, John Street and Raymond Street.

He addressed the Upper Milford Township Supervisors May 2 at their regular meeting.

Ginder said a Pennsylvania State Trooper had come to the scene at Ginder’s request and assured him that, “It’s not up to the police to do the towing.”

Diane L. Schaffer to run for East Penn School director

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Diane Schaffer, of Emmaus, is seeking the position of school director on the board of East Penn School District, on the ballot of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Schaffer’s childhood dream was to become a public school teacher. While circumstances put her on a different path, she has always been an advocate for children and for quality education.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Buckeye Road branch open for business

On Jan. 17, 2017, New Tripoli Bank broke ground for its newest office at 4892 Buckeye Road.

Fast forward to Jan. 18 of this year, New Tripoli Bank opened its doors on Buckeye Road and is excited to serve the community.

“The demographics showed this area was in need of a community bank,” President and CEO, Chairman of the Board David R. Hunsicker said.

Hunsicker said surveys show the Buckeye Road area is growing and prosperous and New Tripoli Bank wanted to be a part of it.

Where have all the bluebells gone?

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

On a good year, the meadow adjacent to the Lock Ridge Furnace Park, in Alburtis, is awash in a sea of bright blue flowers – bluebells that visitors from far and near eagerly anticipate news of a spring bloom.

This year, as was the case last year, not so much. Instead of the brilliant blue hue, the meadow is pretty much green, with a here and there smattering of bluebells past their prime, and the annual scourge of yellow dandelion.

Where have all the bluebells gone? What happened to the magnificent blooms that drew so many fans in mid-April in 2008, 2013 and 2015?

John Hart to run for Emmaus Borough Council

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

John Hart recently retired this past year as senior vice president of medical operations after a 33-year career at a large local healthcare network.

He was appointed to Emmaus Borough Council in January to fill a vacancy and currently chairs the budget and finance committee.

In addition to two other council committees, he has been a member on the Emmaus Board of Health. His education includes: B.S. Medical Technology, Penn State University; MEd Biology, Kutztown University and a MS in Administration, the University of Notre Dame.