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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Another view

Sunday, September 23, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries, Opinion

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This is a time to forget the stigma surrounding suicide and to share our stories and resources as a lifeline to others.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The World Health Organization recognizes suicide as a public health priority and reports approximately 800,000 people die from suicide every year.

“We use this month to reach out to those affected...

AACHS students give time and talents

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Students at Allentown Central Catholic High School have started the school year by giving of their time and talents.

The Central City Project at ACCHS has begun its salsa-making process. Students tended to the project’s urban garden over the summer, which grew vegetables such as tomatoes, jalapeños and cilantro. On Sept. 5, participants started making the salsa and packing the jars, which will be sold at various events throughout the year to benefit the CCP and its service projects,...


Thursday, September 20, 2018 by MARY PATRICIA FLETCHER in Columns

Lower Macungie Library is updating its online library catalog. The online catalog will be unavailable Oct. 6-10 for searching, renewing items and placing holds. No items will be due Oct. 8-11. There will be changes to checkout limits and fines. The new catalog will be ready to use starting Oct. 11.

The Teen Advisory Board for grades six through 12 will meet 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

There will be a Banned Books Week mini book craft for teens and adults 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24.



Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Sept. 19

Alburtis Area 55+ seniors meet noon at the Alburtis Gun Club, 3818 Gun Club Road, Alburtis. Hot dogs are served with a pot luck luncheon. Seniors play bingo following lunch. Many bus trips are planned; for more information, call 610-966-4996.

Sept. 22

Fishing and fun in the park 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Little Lehigh Park, 1600 Park Drive, Allentown. No license or pole are needed. Activities include fishing (two fish per person), casting instructions for beginners,...


Thursday, September 20, 2018 by JODI BOGERT in Local News

Local and out-of-town farmers celebrated another great year at the 166th Great Allentown Fair.

Many farms showcased a variety of livestock, such as Ayrshire dairy cows and Nubian goats from So and So Farms, Washington, N.J and Lilac Corners Farm, Shillington, respectively. Deer Tree Farm from Upper Black Eddy provided a mixed array of sheep as did Busy Acres Farms, Whitehall, for pigs.

The Great Allentown Fair judges different species, but the process remains similar. Local...

A quarter century later, Pastor Jerry Smith still has the best job in the world

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Pastor Gerald Smith is a man of faith and a man whose car has no air conditioning.

The first is very important, the latter not so much. It’s a good ride and most days runs like a charm.

Heatwave? No problem. He opens the windows and enjoys the fresh air. It whips through his black and silvery hair and the whiskers in his white beard.

But there is one thing Pastor Jerry wouldn’t mind having. Not a sports car or a SUV, but more parking spots at his church.



Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

East Penn School District Superintendent Kristen Campbell presented the East Penn School Board with candidates they enthusiastically approved for two vacant assistant superintendent positions at the Sept. 10 meeting. Laura Witman was promoted from within the district to the assistant superintendent job previously held by Campbell.

Former Emmaus High School health and fitness teacher Douglas Povilaitis, who later found employment with the North Penn School District, returned “home” to...


Thursday, September 13, 2018 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

The Emmaus Police Department was given its fourth Chief’s Accreditation Award at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Sept. 4.

Dick Hammon, accreditation project manager for the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, said the police department received its first accreditation in 2006 and has been re-accredited every three years since.

“It gets harder as time goes on,” Hammon said. “I think a lot of people misunderstand the program and think that once you get accreditation it’...


Thursday, September 13, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

The Allentown Dog Training Club recently supported that old adage, “The show must go on.”

In spite of rainy conditions Sept. 9, the club’s annual match show went on as planned. A match show is a simulation. Dogs and handlers carry out the exercises required to qualify for titles and are given feedback from experienced trainers. Handlers have the opportunity to polish and perfect their and their dogs’ performances without the pressure of actual competition.

On this soggy Sunday...