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Thursday, January 3, 2019 by JULIA F. SWAN in Columns

Happy New Year, everyone! Does anyone make New Year’s resolutions anymore? Have you?

This Sunday, Jan. 6, is the Epiphany, or Twelfth Night. According to the Gospels and tradition, this is the night the Wise Men actually arrived in Bethlehem to see Jesus.

The Upper Milford Historical Society resumes its regular monthly meetings 7 p.m. Jan. 31, when Aaron Heckler will present “A Picture Postcard Tour of Upper and Lower Milford Townships.” Heckler will show scenes from his vast...


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Before Christmas, my family committed to all staying home one night to watch holiday movies together.

As the time neared for the first film to begin, we found our pets had gathered in the living room as well, taking up a good portion of the couches. This is not an exaggeration. We have three dogs — and despite their alleged thinking, none of them is a true lap dog.

This happens pretty often. It’s not unusual to see one of us walk in the room, pause when we see the shortage of...

Emmaus High School Honor Roll

Thursday, January 3, 2019 by The Press in School

Emmaus High School has announced the names of students named to the honor roll for the first marking period.


Grade 9: Emma Jecko Arakkal, Tyler Andrew Bannon, Dylan Russell Beadle, Amanda Ann Blagbrough, Patrick James Bova, Ari Andres Bowman, John Edward Brion, Bethany Grace Brown, Holden Hubbard Brown, Sophia Grace Candy, Grant Thomas Carter, Abirami Vellachi Chinnakaruppan, Jocelyn Claire Chow, Kyle Andrew Clark, Sheila Mystique Colon, Jonathan Nicholas...


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Alburtis Borough Council approved the final 2019 budget totaling $2,027,995 at its Dec. 26, 2018, meeting with no tax increase. The budget is balanced. The water and sewer rates will not increase.

Councilperson Stephen Kaufman remarked Alburtis was in better shape than some other boroughs who had to raise taxes.

Agreeing with Kaufman, Council President Ron DeIaco said passing this budget was a result of 30 or so years of responsible management because the board has been frugal...

Concordia Lutheran Church continues to grow

Thursday, January 3, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Concordia Lutheran Church in Lower Macungie Township exists today because of the foresight of its founders at Concordia of Bethlehem nearly 35 years ago.

“That congregation realized the South Side Bethlehem neighborhood was changing and they were aging,” Concordia Pastor Waldemar Vinovskis said. “It was a real forward-looking group.”

That vision was harnessed by Pastor Raymond Malec, who on April 29, 1984, began worship services at Allen Organ’s Octave Hall.

For the next...


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by NICHOLAS TOTO in Columns

No Place for Hate will hold a meeting 7-7:20 a.m. Jan. 3 in Room 409.

The counseling office is excited to offer seniors the opportunity to participate in an Instant Decision Day with Moravian College Jan. 4. as part of the college application process. Interested students should sign up in the counseling office.

An important freshmen class meeting is scheduled for Jan. 7 during period 2 in the auditorium. Topics being discussed are midterm exams and course scheduling for next...


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Mark Donald Mackenzie, 56, of Bath, allegedly attempted to purchase a firearm at Walmart, 1091 Mill Creek Road, Lower Macungie Township, 2:50 p.m. April 12, 2018 and was denied through the Pennsylvania Instant Check System. An investigation by Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville, determined Mackenzie allegedly falsified the sale or transfer of firearm form during the transaction.

Elizabeth Herrera, 36, of Allentown and a 17-year-old youth were placed under arrest for retail theft...


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by MARY PATRICIA FLETCHER in Columns

The Macungie Public Works Crew will collect Christmas trees Jan. 7 for recycling at the Emmaus Compost Center. All ornaments, lights and tinsel must be removed.

The Parkland Art League will hold its next meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at St. Anne’s Episcopal, 6667 Lower Macungie Road, Trexlertown. Guest artist Elena Shackleton will give a demonstration in watercolor. For more information, visit sites.google.com.site/parklandartleague or parklandart@gmail....

County to receive DCNR grants Funds will help close trail gap between Catty, Hanover

Thursday, January 3, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in News Briefs

Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved four major grants for Lehigh County.

These grants, totaling $469,900, will provide additional resources to countywide efforts to improve quality of life and enhance outdoor recreational experiences.

“Lehigh County is committed to maintaining and improving our open and green spaces. We know that they are integral to continuing to attract new residents and families to the Lehigh Valley and they provide...


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

The Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners approved a plan for a major employer coming to the township at its meeting Dec. 20, 2018.

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union was approved by commissioners to open its headquarters and branch in the Trexlertown Business Center development in the 6100 block of Hamilton Boulevard. The architecture planned ties in with township requirements and will go along with the other building within this area.

The commissioners also approved...