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Family remembers Audrey Penn as a strong, loving woman

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Editor’s Note: Audrey S. Penn, 78, of Bethlehem, was found Sept. 17 in Lower Macungie, after being reported missing Aug. 23 from Woodland Terrace at the Oaks in Salisbury Township.

After multiple searches by numerous volunteers and law enforcement agencies, it was a sad ending for many, especially her family, who had hoped to find Penn alive.

Penn’s children, Karl Kent and LaFond McRae, Karl’s wife Tracey and Penn’s grandchildren Taylor Kent and Armond McRae sat with The Press...

Questions go unanswered in the case of Audrey Penn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

The family of Audrey Penn has many unanswered questions regarding the death of their relative after she was reported missing from Woodland Terrace at the Oaks, a senior living and memory care facility in Salisbury Township.

According to the Woodland Terrace at the Oaks website, the “secured memory care residence provides an atmosphere that is relaxing, comfortable and safe.”

Which is exactly what Penn’s children were looking for when searching for a facility for their mother....


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

A poker run hosted by the Iron Order Motorcycle Club raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley recently. Riders primarily from the Berks County-based Blacksheep chapter enjoyed sunshine and moderate temperatures for a scenic drive beginning at the East Penn Diner on Chestnut Street in Emmaus. After stopping off at Hannah’s Hanover Inn, Little Oley Tavern and Bally Hotel, the bikers returned to the diner.

Ody Draklellis, who co-owns the East Penn Diner along...


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by CORRINE DURDOCK in Columns

Get ready, get set and pick out the best spot for viewing Emmaus’ annual Halloween parade and BB&T Halloween in Emmaus 5K race Oct. 21. The start time for the race is 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded to top runners and costume contest winners. The parade steps off 7:30 p.m. This popular event attracts hundreds of spectators along the parade route. Rain date for both events is Oct 22. Proceeds from the race benefit the Halloween parade and Emmaus’ parks system.

Volunteers are needed to...


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

It all started when Janice Engleman agreed to help a friend.

A friend asked Engleman, of Emmaus, if she would help at the Great Allentown Fair because volunteers were needed.

“She told me if I didn’t like it I didn’t have to come back,” Engleman recalled.

The 2017 fair was Engleman’s 13th as a fair volunteer.

Engleman volunteers with Department 19, the art, photography, crafts and antiques division, in the Agri-Plex exhibit space. Engleman assists Dale Serfass,...


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by NICHOLAS TOTO in Columns

The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at Emmaus High School 8 a.m. Oct. 14. It is recommended all college bound 11th grade students take this test. Registration is open and the deadline to register is Oct. 4 if test slots are still available. There is a cost to take the test. Late arrivals will need to enter through the main office entrance to sign in at the late desk.

The homecoming football game will be held Oct. 13 at EHS and the homecoming dance will be held the following day, Oct....

Update on events

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Lower Macungie Senior Citizens Club will meet 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and 17 at the Lower Macungie Community Center.

There will be an AARP meeting 10:30 a.m to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the community center.

There will be a shredding event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Lower Macungie Township parking lot sponsored by State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, and Lower Macungie Township. There is a limit of four bags or boxes of paper per person.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

At the Sept. 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from Adams Outdoor Advertising presented a request to reconsider the billboard removal on Hamilton Boulevard. The company representative offered an alternative plan. The plan included a 10-year contract, paying the township $6,500 to lease the site. This billboard was erected in 1971 and has been maintained by Adams since 2011.

Commissioner Brian Higgins was not at the meeting when this was...

Election Policy

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by The Press in Local News

As we approach the Nov. 7 municipal election, the East Penn Press and the Salisbury Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 4 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.