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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Their secrets are not safe with us

Most of us prefer sunshine. It’s rare to hear someone say, “That was a nice, cloudy day.”

We’re invigorated by a glorious sunrise and spend hours outdoors on brilliantly sunny days.

As John Denver so succinctly sang, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.”

In journalism, the reference to sunshine takes on an equally important meaning. Each year in March, news media organizations across the country celebrate Sunshine Week.

Earl B. Lynn

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Cedar UCC

Earl B. Lynn, 96, of Allentown, died March 5, 2020, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.

He was the husband of the late Marion L. (Haines) Lynn.

Born in Catawissa, Columbia County, he was the son of the late Luther and Evelyn (Bowen) Lynn.

He was a member of Cedar United Church of Christ, South Whitehall.

Since 1964, he owned E.B. Lynn Oil Co. which he continued into the late 1990s.

In his early years, he was a private plane aviator who continued his love for travel and always was looking for a place to go.

Local residents

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in


The following local residents were named to the dean’s list for the 2019 fall semester at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Allentown: Matthew Lienhard and Katarina Tretter, both are in the game design and development program.

Kutztown: Madison Bowman is in the civil engineering technology program.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for dean’s list if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Chosen Words

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Poetry is the art of writing words,

To share your thoughts and feelings;

To tell a story in meaningful ways,

That send your readers reeling.

It might be expressions of joy or love,

Or sadness and despair;

Whatever the topic you might choose,

Poetry adds joy everywhere.

Poetry can capture every mood,

And take you different places:

Invade your mind with pleasure,

As it fills up empty spaces.

Words can capture your emotions,

In how the words are written;

Depending on the words you read,

Amelia Kokolus

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John the Baptist parishioner

Amelia “Millie” Kokolus, 89, of Coplay, died peacefully March 14, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was married to the love of her life, Stanley Kokolus, and theirs was a love story for almost 68 years.

Born June 27, 1930, in Ormrod, North Whitehall Township, she was the daughter of the late Alois R. and Marie (Sommers) Bauer. She was a lifetime parishioner of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Stiles, Whitehall.

Her lifelong passion was her devotion and love for her husband and family.

Upper Macungie Twp police issue advisory on COVID-10 pandemic

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township Police Chief Edgardo A. Colón issued the following advisory March 16 regarding the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

As the COVID-19 global pandemic evolves, so does the spread of the virus in cities and towns nearby Upper Macungie Township.

“As a result of this, I wanted to take a moment to address residents in regards to some minor changes in our normal patrol operations,” he said.

Gerald L. Gehris

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Paul’s UCC

Gerald L. Gehris, 83, of Allentown, died Feb. 29, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Allentown.

Born Nov. 14, 1936, in Fogelsville, he was the son of the late Lewis A. Gehris and the late Edith (Beitler) Gehris.

He and his wife, Marie A. (Bochrowski) Gehris, were married 59 years.

He retired after many years of service from Mack Trucks, Macungie.

Before that, he worked for several years at the Trojan Powder Company, Allentown.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Trexlertown.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces closure of Pennsylvania schools

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Parkland superintendent issues statement

On March 13, Gov. Tom Wolf announced all kindergarten through 12th grade Pennsylvania schools would be closed for 10 business days effective March 16.

According to information provided by the governor’s office, the administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision.

The Wolf administration will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

Wolf made the following statement: