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Thursday, July 12, 2018 by MICHAEL FLECK in Local News

A group of Allentown Central Catholic High School students started their summer with a nine-day pilgrimage to Italy.

The group, which consisted of about 40 students, chaperones, school chaplain Father Mark Searles and former chaplain Father Allen Hoffa, traveled to Florence, Assisi, Sorrento and Rome.

Tour highlights included the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy of Art in Florence; the Basilicas of St. Claire and St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi; views of the Amalfi Coast and...


Thursday, July 12, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

It’s not often U. S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda.

Medina, who has worked for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union for automatic...

Checkpoints scheduled

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


The Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Lehigh County during weekends in July.

A sobriety checkpoint is a traffic safety checkpoint wherein police systematically stop vehicles at selected locations to briefly observe drivers for articulable signs and/or behaviors normally associated with drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

The sobriety checkpoint is intended to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes caused by...

Another view Whose ox is being gored?

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

As a liberal Democrat, I’ve been appalled by the potential harm done to our country by President Trump’s administration, particularly to the environment and to our relationships with the rest of the world. But I agree with the Trump supporters who have decried the attacks on administration officials in restaurants and other areas of their private lives. There’s no excuse for asking people to leave a restaurant because you don’t agree with their policies, or for harassing them in public...


Thursday, July 12, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

A staple in Emmaus closed its doors July 1 to the shock of many residents and visitors to the community.

Emmaus Bakery, 415 Chestnut St., has been a part of the Emmaus community for 84 years.

A history found on the Internet shows Emmaus Bakery was conceived in 1934 by John Shadler and was originally called Shadler’s Bakery. Some time after opening, Shadler changed the name of the bakery to Emmaus Bakery and continued to operate the bakery for 19 years.

The bakery was...


Thursday, July 12, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

The tragedy at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis hit close to home for me and two of my colleagues. Brad Simpson, chief financial officer, PA NewsMedia Association, Robin Quillon, publisher of The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, and myself were meeting in a conference room just outside of the newsroom at the same newspaper that would be the topic of breaking news just a couple of hours later.

I remember one victim who walked by me. Sunglasses, hat and a grumpy hello and I said to myself...


Thursday, July 12, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

At the July 2 Macungie Borough Council meeting, the continuing problem with motorists driving through stop signs at Village Walk and West End Trail was discussed.

A temporary fix has been installed – a bright yellow sign stating motorists should drive like their kids live here.

Another option being considered is red flashing lights around the stop signs – at a cost of $4,300.

Residents were reminded that a rolling stop has a penalty of $135. The ongoing problem will be...

SPCA again seizes animals from Eckhart

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

State SPCA officers have once again seized animals from Derbe Eckhart at 6587 Central Road, Germansville.

The officers executed a search warrant June 5 removing seven rabbits, 15 kittens, one adult cat, three adult dogs, nine puppies, one deceased puppy, one calf and one deceased bird from the property in Heidelberg Township.

SPCA Humane Society Police Officer Kelsey Beam spoke with an informant June 4 regarding a complaint of unsanitary conditions, and animals needing...


Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Sixteen area volunteer fire departments added 26 firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center recently.

This was the ninth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course, held twice a week January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, Allentown Fire Department Mack Station, 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.

The 192...