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South Whitehall man killed in crash with tractor trailer

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office says a South Whitehall Township man was killed Sept. 9 when his motorcycle collided with a tractor trailer at the intersection of Route 873 and Mountain Road, Slatington.

Alfred M. Kotsch, 78, of Colonial Court, South Whitehall, was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m. at the scene by Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas.

Deitsch Eck cooks chicken pot pie for Cheyenne

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Steve Stetzler, owner and chef at The Deitsch Eck Restaurant, Len-hartsville, recently sponsored a chicken pot pie fundraiser, Chinese auction and bake sale to raise money to help the familyof Cheyanne Stoudt of Upper Bern Township.

Cheyanne, 10, has nonketotic hyperglycinemia, a rare genetic disorder.

Children with this metabolic disorder, most of whom die within weeks of birth, cannot properly break down the amino acid glycine, which accumulates in the body, disrupts the brain, causing seizures and brain damage.

South Whitehall woman killed in crash outside Ritz Barbecue

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim has identified the woman killed Aug. 17 at Ritz Barbecue, Allentown, as Shirley Dengler, 82, of South Whitehall Township.

Grim pronounced Dengler, who resided at Cedarview Apartments retirement community, dead at 7:20 p.m.

An autopsy was scheduled for Aug. 19 to determine the exact cause of her death.

According to Grim, Dengler was a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle that pinned her against a wall at approximately 6:33 p.m. Aug. 17, in front of Ritz Barbecue on the Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown.

Township reps convene for contests and conversation

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Each summer, representatives from Lehigh County Townships of the Second Class gather at the Schnecksville Fire Company for their annual convention and picnic.

Designed as a time for fun and learning, the event features guest speakers, an equipment rodeo and a delicious lunch.

Vendors, including Code Master, Arro, SSM Group, and Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky A. Bradley and Director of Community Planning Eric C. McAfee had tables set up at the convention offering brochures, booklets and various wares.

Snow, ice do not deter guests from celebration

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Anniversary, commemoration go on despite storm

The snow and ice storm that covered the Lehigh Valley Dec. 14, 2013, did not put a damper on the efforts of Elsie Heist to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary, and to honor her and husband Ronald's best man, Frederick B. Selig III, who had recently passed away.

The Heists' 45 guests (one for each year of their marriage) doggedly braved the weather to celebrate the Snowman-themed event with the couple.

Also being celebrated was all the hard work done to have their Breinigsville property designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat site by the National Wildlife Federation.

Yellow brick road will be bumpy for stage crew, Parkland grad says

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Petition seeks more opportunities for students in 'Wizard of Oz'

Parkland graduate Kristy McKeever, now living in Arizona, was unhappy with what she heard from some stage crew members working on this year's high school spring musical, "The Wizard of Oz," so she started a petition on

"I decided to start this petition after hearing from current students they were not being given the opportunity to be the lighting designer and the sound designer and board operator," McKeever said in a Feb. 28 email to The Press. "I wouldn't be where I am today, if I had not had those opportunities while I was at Parkland High School.

Voters choose Heintzelman, Celmer in N. Whitehall

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

With 100 percent of the votes counted in North Whitehall's four districts, Republicans Ron Heintzelman and Rich Celmer have been chosen to serve on the North Whitehall Board of Supervisors, according to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration results.

Heintzelman returns to the board for another six-year term having received an unofficial 453 votes in the First District; 330 in the Second District; 598 in the Third and 242 in the Fourth District.

Morgan, Johns return to seats on South Whitehall Twp board

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters have returned incumbents Christina "Tori" Morgan and Thomas J. Johns to their seats on the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.

Each cross-filed in Tuesday's election for the four-year terms on the board.

According to unofficial results from the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, Morgan received 2,723 of the total 5,204 votes cast.

Johns garnered an unofficial 2,481 votes.

Editor's View

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Voters and political candidates both needed for America's success

By the time you read this, the Nov. 5 election will be over.

Votes will be tallied and new mayors, council members, supervisors, school board members, county commissioners and county executives will have been chosen.

Voters will also have decided on future funding of the Parkland and Salisbury Township libraries.

There could be close races, some write-in votes may still remain to be counted and a recount or two might be requested.

Of course, the winners will not be officially announced for a couple weeks.

Parkland voters close book on library millage increase

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters in the Parkland School District, residents of Upper Macungie, North Whitehall and South Whitehall townships, have decided not to increase their taxes to pay for a new library.

A ballot question in Tuesday's Municipal Election asked voters if the current library tax should be increased to 0.2978 mills to pay for a construction loan and for operation of the library until July 1, 2035, or until loan repayment, when the millage would decrease to 0.1895 mills.