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Friday, October 20, 2017

Ryan Mackenzie announces campaign for U.S. Congress

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress (PA-15) Sept. 8.

“With the support of my community, family and friends, I am running for Congress to be our voice in Washington.

“Our nation works best when Americans are in the driver’s seat. Our government has grown so big, unwieldy and directionless that it is holding us back from achieving the prosperity we all know is within our reach.

“As our congressman, I will focus on commonsense solutions that put our priorities first.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 by KATHLEEN SHANNON KOEHN in Local News

Ambulance subscription plan presented

Emmaus Borough Council held a brief meeting Sept. 5, with Brent Labenberg opening the meeting providing information about the borough’s ambulance subscription plan.

There are two new categories of membership for the coming year: single senior and senior couple. The single senior is $40 annually and the senior couple is $50.

Other categories of membership include single for $45, family for $60 and businesses, covering any employee, for $200.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Resident challenges logging activity

Robert Dennis, of South 5th Street, appeared before Upper Milford supervisors again last week to complain about logging operations at 4930 S. Fifth St. Dennis said he understands the person doing the work has received a permit, but asked whether he is a certified forester, as township regulations require. Dennis said he found no evidence of his certification online.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Halloween parade to be held Oct. 28

The Lower Lehigh Lions Club spoke at the Sept. 5 Macungie Borough Council meeting about the upcoming Halloween Parade.

The parade will take place Oct. 28 and will begin forming 6 p.m. at the Eyer Middle School and Shoemaker School parking lots with the parade starting 7:15 p.m. The second annual fun run will start 6:45 p.m. and this year it will benefit the Friends of the Macungie Institute.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, tours animal shelter in support of Libre’s Law

In June, Pennsylvania became safer for animals, especially pets, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed Libre’s Law.

On Aug. 30, Lois Gadek, Ph.D., president of the board of trustees of Animals in Distress, a no-kill shelter in Upper Saucon Township, gave State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st and Kristen Tullo, Humane Society of the United States - Pennsylvania state director, a tour of the shelter to illustrate the constituents whom the law protects – animals, including pets and future pets.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Supervisors sign agreement with Kay Builders

Upper Milford Township supervisors approved, 2-1, an agreement with Kay Builders at its Sept. 7 meeting, regarding the Fields at Indian Creek which will lift the cease and desist order the township had imposed on the development, assuming Kay Builders meets numerous conditions.

Supervisor Robert Sentner voted against the agreement and George DeVault and Daniel Mohr said they were only approving it “reluctantly.”

Dent continues to stand up for ‘sensible center’

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted what was supposed to be a “formal announcement” concerning his intentions next year. But news of his retirement leaked Sept. 7. Dent revealed his intentions to a few of his congressional colleagues, and they spilled the beans.

“They’re wonderful friends, but they have big mouths,” Dent joked Sept. 10 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in this room,” Dent said, who apologized for interrupting one of the biggest sports weekends of the year.