East Penn Press

Saturday, March 24, 2018

What is best for families?

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Thirty-five years ago, my husband and I attended a weekend retreat for engaged couples, a prerequisite for getting married in our church.

A total of 23 couples participated in the event at a cozy sanctuary in the woods. Veteran married couples led the activities that weekend, which included lecture, discussion, couple reflection time and worship.

When the retreat commenced on that Friday, we were introduced to a decorated box with an opening on top. We were encouraged to jot...


Thursday, March 1, 2018 by MARY PATRICIA FLETCHER in Columns

The Lower Macungie Library Book Club will meet 10:30 a.m. March 7 to discuss “The Last Castle” by Denise Kiernan. The book for April 4 will be “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance.

Carly’s Craft Corner will offer a re-purposed card and envelope craft activity 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 for ages 13 and older.

Teen Advisory Board members are invited to sign up for an interactive murder mystery party lock-in 5 to 8 p.m. March 2. Dinner and dessert are provided. Contact Youth Services...


Thursday, March 1, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

During the Feb. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Council member Roseann Scheicher raised the issue of member presence at meetings. She noted when council meetings are not attended by its members, it is difficult to carry on with business, especially when there is not a quorum.

The last borough council meeting ended with unfinished business due to lack of a quorum with two loyal council members sick while two others with a bad attendance record did not attend again. This becomes a...

Rodale transition now complete, hopes high for new employer

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe last week said there is a lot of anxiety in the community about the sale of Rodale magazines to Hearst magazines, in New York City, but community leaders hold out hope that another major employer could fill the space being vacated by the former Rodale organization.

While he could not identify the firm, Pepe said that a “prospect,” with the potential of being a major employer, had shown interest in purchasing the Rodale office property.


Town hall meeting hopes to ‘break the cycle’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by MARGE HOPKINS in Local News

A team of organizers, counselors, individuals in recovery and a candidate for senate shared their history, stories of success and sobering but hopeful statistics during the Allentown leg of “Breaking the Cycle: Communities Against Addiction” held Feb. 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St.

Elizabethtown Pennsylvania’s Blueprints for Addiction Recovery Incorporated launched a series of 15 town hall meetings inviting communities across the commonwealth to...