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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by JULIA F. SWAN Special to The Press in Local News

Beet juice instead of salt for slippery roads?

It sounds silly, or crazy, but Upper Milford Township resident Phil Casey, a regular at supervisors meetings, told the board at its Feb. 7 meeting that many municipalities in other states are using a compound that incorporates organic materials such as beet juice as an alternative to road salt.

Road salt, Casey said, is corrosive to vehicles and roads, and leads to toxic runoff into streams. It's also expensive.

He gave...

Rare birds of a different feather sighted together in region

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Social News

The popularity of birds and birding has been increasing across the United States, as well as here in the Lehigh Valley.

One example that sparked major media attention was the high-profile search for the ivory-billed woodpecker in Louisiana beginning in 2002. The ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird thought to be extinct, was last authoritatively observed in 1943.

A team of expert ornithologists, funded by a corporate sponsor, began searching for evidence of existing ivory-bills...

Roger Reis announcescandidacy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Opinion

Roger C. Reis said he is seeking re-election to his seat on the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners.

Reis has lived in Lower Macungie Township for over 20 years. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the US Air Force, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police and, after 25 years of service, retired at the rank of Captain.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the administration of justice from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in public...


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by BEVERLY SPRINGER Special to The Press in Local News

The phone rings; another dramatic death has occurred. D.B. Russell, Julie "Finn" Finlay, Nick Stokes and Sara Sidle rush into action. That's how it works in the fictional world of "CSI: Las Vegas." In Pennsylvania, coroners and their staffs investigate loss of life.

Every four years, without Hollywood hype, the voters of Lehigh County elect a coroner. Until he is needed, some voters don't remember his name. But, coroners give each death an identity. They are responsible for...

Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by The Press in Columns

February is the shortest month of the year. Sometimes it is the coldest but it is the one special month dedicated to love. It is said that in ancient times, young men picked one girl to be their sweetheart for that year. Names were drawn from a box. At the end of the year the couple would be free to marry or free to go their separate ways.

St. Valentine is said to have helped young ladies without financial means by providing them with a dowry, a certain amount of money given to the...


Thursday, February 14, 2013 by The Press in Social News

Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and professor of history at Yale University Divinity School, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Room 104, Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, Lafayette College, Easton.

Sanneh is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on the growth and spread of Christianity in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The lecture inaugurates the Earl Pope Lectures in World Christianity series sponsored by Lafayette's Religious...

Emmaus Gamewell system becomes a hot topic with council

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by TYLER D. MARTIN in Local News

The Emmaus Gamewell system, installed in 1953, has come under fire by Emmaus Borough Council at recent meetings.

The Gamewell system is a series of fire notification boxes installed over 38,500 feet of copper wire running on 259 telephone poles to alarm boxes and businesses throughout the borough.

The system uses telegraph wire to create a printout of numbers corresponding to a specific alert box or location. When a box is triggered, a spring-loaded wheel taps out a signal four...


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by SHARON SCHRANTZ Special to The Press in Local News

In a roll call vote, with President Ron Eichenberg abstaining, the Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners' approval was unanimous Feb. 7 for the rezoning ordinance for the Remington Property development near Allen Organ. This will allow for apartments in a commercial zone.

The Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission and Lehigh Valley Planning Commission have also expressed their approval for this project.

The project has been described by Township Engineer William Erdman as...