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Thursday, April 12, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Two women honored for ‘service above self’

The Emmaus Rotary Club celebrated International Women’s Day by recognizing two women who exemplify the Rotary Club’s values of service above self.

Honored were Debra Ann Geiger and Jennifer Kunes Driscoll.

Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, committee co-chair for International Women’s Day, said the International Women’s Day Celebration Awards “aim to celebrate women’s achievements and increase visibility.” Members of her committee included David Dunn, Dee Eng and Rose Galeano-Phillips, committee co-chair.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Lutron presents donations to first responders

Andy Hines, a representative from Lutron, presented donations to the Alburtis Fire Department, Lower Macungie Township Fire Department and the Macungie Ambulance Corps at the April 5 Lower Maungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting. Each department was given $2,000 which was due to an oversight from last year. Gratitude was expressed by each department.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Alan Earnshaw resigns; cites job relocation

East Penn School District Board President Alan Earnshaw announced his resignation at the April 9 meeting, citing job relocation. His resignation will be effective in June.

In other business, the board approved a resolution to refund a series of bonds – 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2007 – with an estimated $250,000 in debt service reduction.

School Directors Chris Donatelli and Carol Allen voted against the refunding of bonds.

Emmaus High School Guidance Counselor Jen Carolla was awarded Counselor of the Year by the Lehigh Carbon School Counselor Association.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Residents raise concerns about neighboring property

A swarm of aggravated neighbors attended the April 5 meeting to ask Upper Milford Township Supervisors for help with cleaning up a nearby neighbor’s property and taming the neighbor’s activities.

They didn’t get any help, but they did get some free advice: fill out a form with the zoning and code compliance officer.

“It’s a process,” Supervisor Daniel Mohr explained.

Once the zoning officer makes a report, then the supervisors may refer the matter to a magistrate.

Supervisor Joyce Moore suggested the residents could also go to a magistrate directly.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Team committed to serving the residents of Lehigh County

On Jan. 4, 2016, Joseph N. Hanna took the oath of office as Lehigh County Sheriff, following Sheriff Ronald Rossi who had held the office for 24 years and chose not to run for a seventh term.

Hanna, of Lower Macungie Township, was elected to a 4-year term and immediately surrounded himself with an experienced team of professionals committed to serving the residents and visitors to Lehigh County.

Rick Boulay returns with concert for cancer survivors, caregivers

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Local News

Dr. Richard “Rick” Boulay presents “You Will Be Found: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship,” a concert and open forum for cancer survivors and their caregivers, 2 p.m. April 14, at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown.

When Boulay’s wife was diagnosed with leukemia about 10 years ago, his understanding of the disease changed.

“I realized that as a cancer doctor I knew the breadth of cancer and what it touches, but I didn’t know the depth.

“When it touched our family, I had no idea of how to make a go of it.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Proposed final budget includes higher revenue, lower tax increase

Business Administrator Robert Saul presented the East Penn Board of School Directors with a revised proposed final budget at the March 26 meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder was pleased to inform the directors the proposed tax increase would move from 2.8 percent to 1.92 percent due to increased revenue while the budget reserve remains at 5 percent. Saul explained a new warehouse and apartment complex brought in significantly higher assessments which will bring in tax revenue. The board does not vote on the budget until April 23.

Retiring Congressman Charlie Dent feted at Lehigh Country Club event

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

After answering questions posed by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Ianelli during a live taping of the weekly half-hour Business Matters television program, retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was feted at an informal “thank you” reception March 28 at Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.

The show aired April 2 on WFMZ Lehigh Valley television, channel 69.