The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Drake retired in fall 2017 from First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.
Drake, who was raised in Greenville, is the son of a Presbyterian father and a Methodist mother.
He studied piano and organ as a child and was involved in church school and youth groups.
A music major at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, he started to contemplate a career in the church, perhaps as an associate pastor and minister of music.
He then enrolled in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for his pastoral training.
Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart has announced his intent to seek the Republican nomination for Lehigh County executive. He made his announcement recently at Big Woodys, in Allentown.
Eckhart has been a school board member, township commissioner, county commissioner and is currently the Lehigh County controller.
“Now I want to be your county executive,” Eckhart said.
Eckhart has been serving the community for nearly 20 years.
Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for Lehigh County executive.
He made the announcement Feb. 27 at Big Woodys, Allentown.
Eckhart has been a school board member, township and county commissioner and is currently the Lehigh County controller.
“Now I want to be your county executive,” Eckhart said. “I truly believe Lehigh County needs a new direction and that direction has to be built in cooperation between the board of commissioners and the county executive in order to move the county forward.
Representatives from Parkland, Salisbury, Panther Valley, Bethlehem and Nazareth Area school districts, along with circuit riders for the Pennsylvania Campaign for Fair Education Funding met Feb. 1 at the Salisbury Township Administration Building to discuss the impact of Senate Bill 76 on school districts.
The goal of SB 76, according to state Sen. David G. Argall, R-29th, is to eliminate all school property taxes across the commonwealth and replace those taxes with a combination of funding from personal income tax and sales and use tax.
Approximately 200 people from various citizen groups gathered at the office of Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey in Salisbury Township Jan. 24 to oppose President Donald Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education.
Members of “Tuesdays with Toomey” gather at Toomey’s office each week to voice concerns and to “urge the senator to represent them and keep his campaign promises to protect and serve all constituents.”
Other groups attending the rally were citizens from Indivisible, MoveOn.org and the Kutztown Area Democratic Club.
At the end of each year, I am glued to the television as we reflect on the celebrities and well-known personalities who have died during the year.
I didn’t know any of them personally, but certainly benefited in some way from their talents in film, television, books or music.
What we didn’t hear about were the United States military personnel killed in 2016.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., died Nov. 14, 2016, serving during Operation Inherent Resolve in northern Syria.
Question: Were you surprised by the outcome of the Nov. 8 election?
Republican incumbent Ryan E. Mackenzie is unopposed for his seat in the 134th Legislative District in the Nov. 8 general election.
The 134th Legislative District includes Alburtis, Lower Macungie Township, Macungie, Salisbury Township (Wards 4 and 5) and South Whitehall (Districts 3 and 4) in Lehigh County; and Hereford, Longswamp, Richmond and Rockland townships, and Topton borough in Berks County.
Democrat Katie McGinty is challenging incumbent Republican Pat Toomey for the position of U.S. senator in the Nov. 8 general election.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why are you the best candidate for this office?
Their responses follow.
Pennsylvanians have had good reason to feel the deck is stacked against them – our economy is back from the brink, but wages haven’t kept pace with the cost of living.