East Penn Press

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EMMAUS HALLOWEEN PARADE

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by The Press in Local News

2017 Parade Prize Winners

Marching Group

1st – Cub Pack 80 – Scouting for food

2nd – Cheryl Chickey’s Performance Art Center

3rd – Bark Wars – Boston Terrier of LV

Marching Group with a Float

1st – Spaceballs – Holly Williams

2nd – Monster Squad – Matt Ritter

3rd – Bee-kind - East Penn Cheerleading

4th – App-y Halloween - Girl Scout Troop 6619

5th – Tattered Tails Animal Rescue

Mini Floats

1st – Hawaii - Girl Scout Troop 689

2nd – The Flintstones – Melanie Carwell and family

Small Floats

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Friday, October 27, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

County appeals cross use objection

Lehigh County Commissioners voted Oct. 11 to appeal U.S. District Judge Edward Smith’s ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their suit against Lehigh County’s continued use of a Christian cross in the county seal.

The 6-3 vote came after an executive session when commissioners discussed the case.

In the public session, three commissioners voted against appealing the decision: David Jones, Geoff Brace and Dan Hartzell.

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Friday, October 27, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Full-day kindergarten implementation fails to pass

The East Penn Board of School Directors voted 5 to 4 against the administration’s proposal to alter the educational program by eliminating its half-day kindergarten program and replacing it with full-day kindergarten for every district elementary school. The vote was held Oct. 23.

Voting “no” were Directors Carol Allen, Charles Ballard, Chris Donatelli, Rebecca Heid and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis. Those who voted “aye” were board President Alan Earnshaw, Vice President Dr. Ken Bacher, Paul Champagne and Ziad Munson.

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Friday, October 27, 2017 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Eagle Scout project approved for Camp Olympic

An Eagle Scout project was presented for consideration at the Oct. 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.

Eric Newcomer was seeking permission to make some improvements at Camp Olympic Park.

Plans include building a dirt box where there is currently a patch of weeds. The box will be built into a hill and leveled off. The 12 foot by 8 foot box is similar to one built at Quarry Park.

LOWER MILFORD TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

Friday, October 27, 2017 by KATHLEEN SHANNON KOEHN in Local News

Draft of 2018 budget presented

Borough Manager Ellen Koplin presented township supervisors with a draft 2018 township budget at the Oct. 19 Lower Milford Township Supervisors meeting.

There is no real estate tax millage increase proposed in the draft document.

The draft budget reflects the salary for an assistant secretary/manager at $50,000.

There is an approximate 9 percent increase for employee benefits from a budgeted 2017 amount of $72,939 to a 2018 amount of $90,969. Also in the draft budget is a 3 percent increase in commissions for the township tax collector.

Civilians and first responders recognized for burn heroism at 12th annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards celebration

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire was recognized with the first ever President’s Award for its resolve in overcoming multiple tragedies during the 12th annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration held at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, recently.

The event recognized a dozen first responders, their departments and everyday citizens for acts of heroism or commitment to burn education.