East Penn Press

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Local companies helping to feed Murphy the giraffe

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

PPL Electric Utilities’ tree trimming program provides more reliable electric service for its customers.

And now, it also helps feed Murphy, the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Masai giraffe.

Under a partnership between the utility and the zoo, Jaflo Inc., one of PPL’s tree contractors, is making deliveries of cut branches, also called browse, which the zoo uses to feed Murphy, the 16-year-old giraffe it acquired recently.

The zoo could not be more grateful to PPL and Jaflo.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Former mayor says ‘It was time’

On Dec. 18, 2017, Winfield Iobst attended his last Emmaus Borough Council meeting as mayor, choosing not to run for re-election earlier in the year and stepping down after more than two decades as mayor.

“I really felt it was time for me to go out,” Iobst said in the kitchen of the house in which he grew up and has called home for much of his life. “I am going out on a good note... I felt that I helped by being the mayor of Emmaus,” he said.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 by KATHLEEN SHANNON KOEHN in Local News

Wawa request moves forward

Although the Emmaus Zoning Hearing Board was meeting Jan. 25 simply to determine if a LED sign advertising Wawa could be erected on Chestnut Street, several residents and business owners voiced their displeasure of having a Wawa convenience store come to Emmaus.

Cedar Crest Development LP plans to build a Wawa convenience store and gas station at the corner of Chestnut Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard. Entrance would be from Cedar Crest Boulevard and Chestnut Street at the Eyecare of the Valley property.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Phase Two Main Street Streetscape Plan unveiled

Macungie Borough Council President Chris Becker conducted a public meeting for the second phase of the Macungie Streetscape Plan at Macungie Institute Jan. 22. Phase Two encompasses the area of Main Street from Race Street to Pine Alley.

The history of the project was briefly discussed.

In 2004, the Trail Master Plan was adopted and sidewalks were constructed in 2008. In 2009, the Lehigh Street Trail extension, the Lehigh Street deco lights installation and construction of a pedestrian bridge over Mountain Creek occurred.