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Thursday, February 8, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

No quorum, no decisions at Feb. 5 meeting

The Feb. 5 Macungie Borough Council meeting lacked a quorum due to the absences of council members Greg Hutchison, Barry Bloch, Alma Akinjola and Marvin Moyer. No action could be taken on any agenda items.

The Main Street Streetscape and Church Street Traffic Light Project was discussed. On the agenda was approval of a to be determined supplemental agreement for inspection services. This inspector examines the project daily and the extension is needed because the project is not complete. There have been unexpected events that have caused the delay.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Wellness Works in Schools brings mindfulness to school

Paying attention often is easier said than done, especially in elementary school.

The right tools, however, can help.

Students at Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus, stocked their tool kits Jan. 24 when Wynne Kinder and Kim Stoltzfus with Wellness Works in Schools guided students, teachers, staff, administrators and a small group of parents and guardians in a school-wide workshop to help students improve their attention skills through mindfulness techniques, movement and singing.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

A new part-time police officer is sworn in

At the Alburtis Borough Council meeting of Jan. 31, Police Chief Robert J. Palmer II introduced Alburtis Police Officer Daniel Weidemann to council as the new part-time police officer. Weidemann passed all the required tests. Alburtis Mayor Kathleen Palmer swore him in with his wife Felicia standing by his side.

Police Chief Palmer informed council applications were received for the full-time police officer position and Jan. 31 was the last day for applications. Testing is scheduled Feb. 10.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Clerical union contract approved

The clerical union’s contract was approved during the Feb. 1 commissioners meeting in Lower Macungie Township.

The union reached a tentative agreement the morning of the meeting with a 5-year contract retroactive to Jan. 1. No additional sick and vacation days were added. The health care was changed which will save the township money.

Commissioner Brian Higgins sat in all negotiations. Commissioner Richard Ward recused himself due to his wife being employed by the township. The commissioners approved the contract.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Council approves rezoning ordinance

The Emmaus Borough Council approval of changing a four-acre parcel of land on South Cedar Crest Boulevard from a medium density residential district to a limited commercial district means a Wawa gas and convenience store is one step closer to entering the borough.

The request to rezone the area comes from Cedar Crest Chestnut Development LP. Developer John Cogan said the company would purchase the tract of land if council approves the building of Wawa in the future.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Feb. 8

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will be in the parking lot of Western Salisbury Elementary School, 3201 Devonshire Road, Allentown, 1 to 7 p.m. Appointments are encouraged by calling 610-691-5850 or 800-223-6667.

Feb. 10

Purse bingo at Jefferson Elementary School Cafeteria, 520 Elm St., Emmaus. Doors open noon; games begin 1 p.m. Prizes include Vera Bradley, Coach and Michael Kors purses. Event benefits the drama club’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” For presale tickets or questions, call Lisa at 610-730-5695 or email lisaedelman9112@gmail.com.

Warrior Kid meets Warrior Horse

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The goal of Warrior Horses for Warrior Kids is to match 500 warrior kids to noble warrior horses to fight alongside them in their battle with pediatric cancer.

The program, which began in California, is spreading to the east and recently the first warrior on the east coast met his Warrior Horse at Rocking Horse Stables, Pleasant Corner.

Warrior Horse Urban Legend, known as Bandit, met his warrior, Sam Mackaravitz, of Emmaus, at the stable.

Bandit was dressed for the occasion in the red, white and blue of Captain America, Sam’s favorite superhero.