East Penn Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Firefighter memorial unveiled at Vera Cruz fire company

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Carl Schell, a a longtime member of the Vera Cruz Fire Company, was honored recently with a memorial erected in his honor at the Vera Cruz fire station, with several family members looking on. Schell joined the fire company in November 1955, at the age of 24. He died in November 2017.

Vera Cruz Fire Chief Joseph Sherman called for Schell’s sons, Craig and Chris, to removed the tarp to unveil the memorial.

“The tarp is from the hose bed of the engine on which Carl took his final call for the fire service,” Sherman said.

FIRE ACADEMY GRADUATION

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Volunteers from 16 fire companies complete training

Sixteen area volunteer fire departments added 26 firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center recently.

This was the ninth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course, held twice a week January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, Allentown Fire Department Mack Station, 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.

EMMAUS AMBULANCE CORPS

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Open house and blood drive marks EMS week

First responders with the Emmaus Ambulance Corps marked National Emergency Medical Services Week with an open house and blood drive recently at the Sixth Street station house in Emmaus.

Ambulance Chief Jeff Hoffman said about 200 area residents attended the open house, toured the station and ambulances and learned more about the corps’ emergency response activities.

A Miller-Keystone Blood Center bloodmobile was on hand for blood donors and collected 20 pints of blood, well above the goal of 15 units.

Retiring Congressman Charlie Dent feted at Lehigh Country Club event

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

After answering questions posed by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Ianelli during a live taping of the weekly half-hour Business Matters television program, retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was feted at an informal “thank you” reception March 28 at Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.

The show aired April 2 on WFMZ Lehigh Valley television, channel 69.

Lehigh Valley firefighters form honor guard for two fallen York comrades

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

As first responders do, firefighters, police and EMS personnel from across the Lehigh Valley gathered at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, March 23, to salute and stand post for two York firefighters who lost their lives March 22 in the line of duty. The remains of the two firefighters arrived at the hospital Friday morning to be autopsied, and in the afternoon were given an honor escort back to their hometown for memorial, funeral and burial services.

PPL crews return from month rebuilding lines in Puerto Rico

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

PPL line workers returning to their Lehigh Valley homes in late February said it was tough being away from their families for a month after laboring to help rebuild electric infrastructure and restore power to areas in Puerto Rico ravaged by last year’s Hurricane Maria, but they said they would “do it again,” reflecting the positive experience they felt being able to help the people of the island 1,600 miles from home.

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.

SALISBURY HIGH SCHOOL

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by JIM MARSH in School

Unofficial bowling team competes against Emmaus

Even though they are not an officially recognized extracurricular sporting group, a band of Salisbury High School bowlers are taking to the lanes and competing independently in unofficial matches with other valley youth.

Salisbury math and physics teacher Paul Koba, unofficial advisor to the students, has been a bowler for five decades and recognizes the exercise, competitive and social advantages of the sport. He is hoping to get Salisbury education officials behind the effort to make bowling, and the group of student enthusiasts, a recognized school activity club.