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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Couple killed in N. Whitehall crash

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Lower Macungie Township couple were killed when their 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 motorcycle was struck head-on by a 2020 Freightliner van just after 3 p.m. June 21 on Route 145, north of Clearview Road, North Whitehall Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Robert J. O’Rourke, 55, was pronounced dead 3:55 p.m. at the scene by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Rachel Tallarico.

His passenger, Mary C. O’Rourke, 54, was pronounced dead at 3:56 p.m. by Tallarico....

Juneteenth celebrated at Resurrected Life Community Church in Allentown

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“They didn’t educate me in Allentown High School about black people,” Disley Mendez, a past president of the Black Student Union at William Allen High School said.

“They said we were slaves and that Martin Luther King came in and saved the day. They didn’t tell me we were descended from kings and queens.”

The recent high school graduate was speaking June 26 at Resurrected Life Community Church in Allentown as a crowd of about 125 gathered on the North Ninth Street campus of the...


Thursday, July 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Upper Milford Township Supervisors resumed their in-person meetings June 18 because, according to staff, they were allowed to do so under Pennsylvania’s current designation of Lehigh County being in COVID-19 status yellow.

For the past several weeks the township supervisors have been meeting using the Zoom application via the Internet. Unlike several other municipalities who have been meeting using Zoom or YouTube, Upper Milford Township has not posted or archived the meetings for...

Another View

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

My son, Benjamin, and I recently finished reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. I am not sure who enjoyed the book more — he or I! Dahl provides children and adults great imagination through text.

Ben, who is only 3, and I love to create a picture in our minds from the chapters I read to him. He got such a kick out of the character Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry and the Oompa-Loompas rolling her around. We laughed for a few minutes!

Ben’s next...


Thursday, July 2, 2020 by MARY PATRICIA FLETCHER in Columns

The Macungie Farmers Market is open for the season 4-7 p.m. Thursdays at the new location on Lumber Street.

The market features local family farmers providing homegrown food: fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more.

The Macungie Flower Park near the train station has been planted and is approaching full bloom. Take some time to smell the flowers!

Macungie Borough offices remain closed to the public. For information, call 610-966-2503.



Thursday, July 2, 2020 by The Press in School

Allentown Central Catholic High School has announced the Class of 2020 National Honor Society members.

Sabrina Benvin, Priyanka Bhashyam, JayVian Boston, Mary Jean Cadman, Benjamin Carbonetto, Kexin Chi, Meghan Cowen, Lana Ebert, Paige Egan, Quinn Fantozzi, Angelina Freeman, Alan Garger, Sydney Giamalis, Ava Grapsy, Ashley Guava, Kaleigh Haas, Anna Haddad, Gabrielle Haring, George Hlavac, Emeline Janis, Mary Rose Janny, Toby Johnston, Isabella Joyce, Jacob Kovach, Lauren Lakata,...

Silent auction on Aug. 16

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

Jenn’s House

A silent auction for Jenn’s House will be held noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville.

Drawings to start at 4 p.m. Participants do not need to be present to win.

There is a per single card fee or participants can pre-order five cards for discounted price.

All tickets will be available for pick up at the door on the day of the event.

Mail ticket requests with checks payable to: Jenn’s House Silent Auction...


Thursday, July 2, 2020 by JULIA F. SWAN in Columns

The weekly gospel concerts at Milford Park have begun.

Damaris Carbaugh, former soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, will perform 7 p.m. July 11.

Organizers of the concerts stress the following: “Our open-air tabernacle provides sufficient space for people to continue to maintain social distancing. Personal protective equipment can be worn based on an individual’s preference. You can also bring your own lawn chairs.”

There will be a limited menu selection...

St. Ann School Third Trimester Honor Roll

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by The Press in School

St. Ann School has announced the names of students named to the third trimester honor roll.


Grade 8: Audrey Boardman, Margaret Coassolo, Harper Daly, Erin Durso, Keira Gilboy, Logan Hartman, Catherine Raynock, Sarah Rutch, Gregory Smith, Marian Smith

Grade 7: Pearl Bixler, Nora Casciano, Rachel Fleck, Anand George, Zoe Hulings, Ella Patterson, Connor Spagna, Sophia Tranguch

Grade 6: Holly Binder, Rafael Carpo, Taylor Haberle, Ridley Hartman, Brooklyn...