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Calvary Temple celebrates 100th anniversary

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

The year 2017 is not just another year for Calvary Temple, South Whitehall.

The church is celebrating a noteworthy feat — its 100th anniversary.

Pastor Ray Ricketts is the eighth and current senior pastor of Calvary Temple.

“I have been a member since 2006,” Ricketts said. “I became senior pastor Jan. 6, 2010.

“I was raised in New York, Ricketts said. “I went away to college in Louisiana and moved back to New York after college.

“I went to seminary and started ministry in New York.”

Stunning sculptures depict artist’s emotion, passion

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

C. Leslie Smith at the Shops of Cedar Point, Allentown, recently honored Robin Kostolsky of Cetronia as its artist of the month.

Kostolsky’s sculptures were on display for viewing and for sale in the store during July.

A “Meet the Artist” reception was held July 28 for friends and family to enjoy refreshments and view Kostolsky’s art.

The Press spoke to Kostolsky about her passion for art that started more than 40 years ago.

“I studied art in high school,” she explained.

Teen Musikfest performer reports indecent assault

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Police Log

Colonial Regional police say a 14-year-old girl from New York, who was in town to perform at Musikfest, was allegedly assaulted by a North Whitehall man.

Police were dispatched 11:05 p.m. Aug. 7 to Holiday Inn Express, 3375 High Point Boulevard, Hanover Township, for the alleged incident.

The girl and a 15-year-old male told police that a man later identified as Gerald A. Benbow, 48, of Anthony Drive, North Whitehall Township, allegedly approached them on the third floor of the hotel and was talking nonsense, police say.

Parkland graduate ‘carries’ on the tradition

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

While paper carriers are few and far between now, previous generations relied on these dutiful workers to deliver their source of news.

Kelsy Grim, a Parkland High School graduate, was one of those workers. Along with being a carrier, Grim played junior varsity softball, was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and was on the honor roll every semester.

Her mother Melissa works for Parkland School District. Her father George is a retired school psychologist and was a paper carrier when he was young.

Police looking for man who fired shots at Econo Lodge

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

South Whitehall police are still looking for the man who allegedly was involved in a shots-fired incident and who pistol-whipped another man at 3:22 p.m. July 18 at the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, South Whitehall.

According to South Whitehall police, an officer responding to reports of multiple gunshots and an aggravated assault, was told the suspect had fired several shots from a handgun with the rounds striking several vehicles and a nearby building.

Courthouse companion provides comfort to victims, witnesses

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

There is a new top dog in the Lehigh County Courthouse and her name is Ramona.

District Attorney Jim Martin announced the addition of the courthouse companion dog, Ramona, July 27 during a news conference in the county courthouse, Allentown.

“Ramona is the newest member of my staff,” Martin said. “Courthouse companion dogs provide emotional or comfort support to victims of crime when dealing with stressors of the judicial system.”

Ramona arrived at the courthouse the day before and will be working in conjunction with the Victim-Witness Program.

Coplay man dies in Route 22 crash

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Police Log

State Police Bethlehem Troop M responded to a fatal vehicle crash just after 5 p.m. June 14 on Route 22 East, South Whitehall Township.

According to police, Jonathan E. Flook, 60, of Coplay, was traveling in the left lane when he apparently lost control of his 2003 Ford Taurus, which struck the concrete barrier with the left side of the front bumper.

Police say Flook attempted to steer off the concrete barrier and the car traveled from the barrier onto the off ramp at 15th Street.

Local harpist enchants community and beyond

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

Madeline Rose Link, Maddie, to friends and family, is a humble 19-year-old woman who has accomplished many things before reaching her 20s.

She is a skilled harpist who has performed at various events including weddings, and she even performed a solo at Musikfest.

The only child of Steve and Kathy Link, Maddie is also legally blind.

“The genetic disease I have means I can’t see in bright light,” Link said. “Outside, I can’t see at all.

Pany wins Republican ticket in North Whitehall supervisor race

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

According to information provided by Republican supervisor candidate Eric Neubauer, and verified with information from the Lehigh County Voter Registration, incumbent Steve Pany received a final tally of 370 votes, topping the 367 votes garnered by Neubauer in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election.

The first certification of the votes took place at 4 p.m. June 2.

Following the primary, Pany led Neubauer with an unofficial 366 votes compared to Neubauer’s unofficial 358 votes.

Hein wins 4th spot on Democratic ticket for school board director

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

David J. Hein has beaten Marc Posegay in the casting of lots held at high noon June 2 at the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. 7th St., Allentown.

Hein and Posegay were tied for fourth place with 751 votes each following the counting of absentee ballots after the May 16 Municipal Primary Election for Parkland School Board director, according to information from the Lehigh County Voter Registration web page.

The winner was decided via a vase filled with 16 balls with the lowest number representing the winner of the last position on the Democratic ballot.