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Monday, April 24, 2017

Bills target domestic violence

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Over the past 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died in domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, state senators and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence stepped up to defend victims of abuse.

The coalition and senators unveiled four pieces of proposed legislation aimed at curbing domestic violence and better protecting its victims by strengthening the state’s Protection from Abuse Act.

The bills were introduced in Harrisburg by...

Highmark Walk

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania will host the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community beginning 7:45 a.m. June 3 at DeSales University.

The 5K Walk begins 9 a.m.; the One-Mile Fun Walk starts 9:15 a.m.; both are fully accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. Registration is mandatory.

To register as an individual, join an Easter Seals team or create a team of your own, or to be a sponsor, sign up at http://bit.do/...

Volunteers sought

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Friends of the Emmaus Public Library are in great need of a number of hearty souls willing to help set up and run the 19th annual used book sale, the largest fundraiser of the year in support of the library.

As the years have rolled on, original core members are aging and some have moved away.

Volunteers are needed for the following:

•Load the truck at the Emmaus Public Library 1.30 p.m. April 28

•Help set up the sale at Lower Macungie...

Groups pushing for fair political districts in Pa.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

In a partnered effort between the League of Women Voters and Fair Districts PA, a citizens’ group discussed gerrymandering recently at the Stroud Community Library.

Frederick “Fritz” Walker told the group Pennsylvania’s practices are in desperate need of a change.

“We are, according to this analysis, the worst state for gerrymandering of our congressional districts,” Walker said.

He was referencing the state’s score of 11 for the Efficiency Gap Standard, which determines...


Thursday, April 20, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

During the April 17 meeting of Macungie Borough Council, there was a discussion about the festivities occurring over Easter weekend.

This year, the borough celebrated 75 years of holding an Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately, this year might be the last since David Saylor, who has organized the event for many years, has said this was his last year. The borough is currently looking for a volunteer to step up and organize this event for next year. Council said it is important the Easter egg...

Independent Bookstore Day April 29

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Independent Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide April 29, with literary parties around the country.

Let’s Play Books Bookstore will celebrate with many events, special guests and give-a-ways.

Special guests David Lubar (Looniverse Series, Weenies Series, Character Driven, +++) and Kate Racculia (This Must Be the Place & Bellweather Rhapsody) will be at the store noon to 1 p.m. Sugar So Sweet Bakery cart...


Thursday, April 20, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, recently announced the award of a $260,000 state grant for a sewage system improvement project in Emmaus.

Simmons helped secure the funding through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s small water and sewer grant program.

Specifically, the grant will be used by Emmaus Borough to repair 100 severely damaged manholes and correct an inflow problem discovered through inspections. The borough is working to comply...