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History enthusiasts celebrate coal in Alburtis

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Recently, two important historical events were celebrated by the Alburtis Historical Society and the Lower Macungie Historical Society at Alburtis Lock Ridge Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Members of the societies observed the 150th anniversary of the first blowing of Lock Ridge Furnace #7 March 18, 1868, and the 250th anniversary of anthracite in Pennsylvania March 18, 1768. Approximately 35 people attended, including Sarajane Williams, president of the Lower Macungie Historical...


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

— Maya Angelou


Every 10 minutes, a new name is added to the waiting list for an organ transplant. Nearly 115,000 names are on that list. Those names might be faces that are familiar to you or be complete strangers.

But as an organ donor, you have the ability to save eight of them. Just you. Eight lives.

April is National Donate Life Month. If you’re not already a registered organ donor, consider changing that...

Tickets for the senior ball are available online

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Emmaus High School Senior Ball tickets will be sold online through April 26. The link is available on the Google Classroom page using code yyss6y. Voting for court continues through April 27.

The ball is scheduled 5 to 10 p.m. May 11 at The Palace Center, 623 Hanover Ave., Allentown.

The EHS Junior Prom will be held 6 to 10 p.m. May 5 at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Center Valley.

The SAT will be administered at EHS May 5. Test takers should bring their registration ticket...


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The East Penn Board of School Directors learned about proposed revisions to the way the district teaches kindergarten through grade 12 science at the April 23 meeting.

The panel of educators proposing updating the curriculum included Elementary Curriculum Supervisor Michele James, Secondary Curriculum Supervisor Laura Witman and teachers Mike Mauro, from Wescosville Elementary, Heather Slatoff, from Lower Macungie Middle School and Emmaus High School Department Chair Brent Ohl.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

There was a public hearing prior to the April 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the recommendation regarding the roadway sufficiency analysis report and transportation capital improvement program.

The traffic impact advisory committee, comprised of volunteers, also attended the hearing.

Guided by legislation, Act 209 includes studies of various roadways and intersections.

There were 35 roadways studied with 11 being in the western...

Election Policy

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

As we approach the May 15 General Primary 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 was the April 11 edition.

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


Letter to the editor

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

Last night [April 17], I attended the Concerned East Penn Taxpayer debate for the 134th district state representative race between Ron Beitler and Ryan Mackenzie.

CEPTA has been hosting almost all local race debates since 1980. The problem was that Ryan Mackenzie did not show up for the debate even though his Harrisburg duties did not interfere with the event.

This is not the first time he has ducked a debate.

Ron Beitler’s presentation for an hour...

Emmaus Memorial Day parade and ceremony May 28

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Come out and show support for our veterans during the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony May 28. The parade begins promptly 9 a.m., moving out from the Emmaus High School parking lot, continuing to Chestnut Street and ending at the Memorial Triangle on Fourth Street. The memorial service will be held at this location. Maj. Debra L. Fetherman, U.S. Air Force ret., will be the speaker. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Emmaus High School auditorium beginning 10...


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Local News

April 26

Upper Milford Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. in the Upper Milford Township building. Linda Minarik, in authentic costume, will portray Mary Todd Lincoln. The public is welcome.

April 28

The Friends of the Emmaus Public Library will hold its 20th annual used book sale beginning 7 a.m. at Lower Macungie Middle School, 6299 Lower Macungie Road. The event will be held in the school cafeteria where an estimated 18,000 pre-enjoyed books go on sale. A Nutrition...

PHEAA reminds students of approaching 2018-2019 PA state grant application deadline

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is reminding students and families the 2018-2019 PA state grant application filing deadline is May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania open admission institutions).

To apply for a PA state grant, applicants must first complete...