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Lehigh Valley Small on Scale hosts 41st annual dollhouse show

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Lehigh Valley Small on Scale hosted its 41st annual dollhouse show and sale July 15 at the Holiday Inn, Fogelsville.

Miniature enthusiasts, collectors and vendors braved thunderstorms, downpours and gray skies to attend the show held in one of the ballrooms at the venue.

Vendors included a specialist in tools to build small homes to scale, and artists who create miniature animals and trees to add exacting detail to the many designs.

Lowhill Twp man killed when train hits his vehicle

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

A Lowhill Township man died after his vehicle collided with a train 5:23 a.m. Dec. 14 at the West Penn Avenue railroad crossing in Alburtis.

Marc Tobash, 28, was pronounced dead that day at 6:40 a.m. by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas, according to Coroner Scott Grim.

Grim said the cause of Tobash’s death was due to multiple traumatic injuries.

The manner of his death was ruled an accident, Grim said.

Chamber members learn about drugs in the workplace

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Gregory Grey started using drugs as a teen.

In candid remarks as a panelist at a program on drug use in the workplace, hosted by the East Penn Chamber of Commerce, Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce and 21st Century Chamber Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at Brookside Country Club, Lower Macungie Township, Jan. 18, Grey talked about drugs and how using them gave him a confidence he lacked.

Grey now describes himself as in long-term recovery.


Thursday, January 19, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

Not an acrobat’s daughter but a one-time elephant rider

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding the big top.

In an announcement on its website, declines in ticket sales and “the transition of elephants off the road” were cited by Kenneth Feld, chief executive of Feld Entertainment, current owner of the 140-plus-year-old entertainment institution, as among factors making the circus an “unsustainable business.”

Various media outlets announced the closing of the circus in top-of-the-hour roundups Jan. 15.

Smashburger welcomes hungry shoppers

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Dan O’Shaughnessy has a few favorites on the Smashburger menu.

The spicy jalapeno baja chicken is one. The shakes are good, too. And, to his own surprise, he likes the fried pickles.

However, O’Shaughnessy includes himself and his partners in the Smashburger demographic.

“We’re guys who like to eat burgers,” he said in a recent interview at the new location of the store in the Hamilton Crossing retail center.

Another View

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

International travel opens minds

A recent assignment at The Press presented an opportunity to turn green with envy.

Last spring it was my good fortune to chat with Emmaus High School senior members of the Chorale recently returned from travel to Italy to sing.

And sing they did. On a mountain top. On the streets of Rome. Aboard gondolas in Venice. At the Vatican.

Enthralled by stories of a three-course pizza meal, the Cinque Terre, a string of five seaside villages along the Italian Riveria and a visit to the Spanish Steps, I was inspired again to think about traveling abroad.

Firefighters use 'defensive attack' against blaze

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

High winds, an open floor plan and heavy timber construction joined forces to create a blaze that destroyed the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 N. Brookside Road, according to Lower Macungie Township Fire Chief David J. Nosal.

Winds clocked at 8 mph to 10 mph, with gusts in the low 20s, fed the fire, Nosal said.

"Windy days are not beneficial to firefighting," he said.

The restaurant, built in the 18th century, of heavy timber and various other woods, featured an open floor plan allowing the fire to quickly spread.

Another View

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

Waiting for the 'Watchman'

Of course, it is not uncommon for a book release to spark headlines.

A veteran of any Harry Potter book release knows as much. J.K. Rowling notwithstanding, this is big.

In July, Harper Lee's companion work to "To Kill A Mockingbird" arrives.

"Go Set a Watchman" comes out July 14.

The book's promised release garnered headlines in the New York Times in February.

Another View

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

'Be kind. Be helpful. Be trustworthy' In other words, act like a robot

Robots have been on my mind quite a bit recently.

Maybe the DVD set of the summer television series, "Extant," is to blame.

Spoiler alert for those who have not watched the series: Ethan, the robot boy at the center of the story, saves the world.

By my last count, I have watched the final episode of the season half a dozen times in recent weeks.

Maybe Honda's Asimo, the robot for whom the car I drive is nicknamed, is to blame.

Another View

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

Marking the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid

The idea itself was startling.In December 1989, says author Meredith Martin, the idea led off discussions in a special meeting of cabinet members and other government officials: Should the ban on liberation political organizations by lifted?

Within the opening months of the following year, the answer came. The ban against all liberation organizations, including the African National Congress, was lifted, and Nelson Mandela was to be freed from prison.