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Monday, August 19, 2019

Two-alarm house fire

Friday, May 3, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Teen escapes through second-floor window

A 19-year-old woman escaped through a second-floor, bedroom window after a two-alarm fire broke out in her home at 12:38 p.m. April 29.

While the teen was lucky enough to find an exit, several animals reportedly died in the fire at 3177 Bellview Road, North Whitehall Township.

Volunteer firefighters from Neffs, Schnecksville, Laurys Station, Greenawalds and Tri-Clover, along with Lehigh County’s Cascade Unit 3292 and Northern Valley Ambulance Corps personnel and the Macungie Ambulance Incident Support Unit responded to the scene.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Ziegels Church having sale May 4

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Ziegels Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, is having a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4.

There will be baked goods and food for sale.

All proceeds go toward Wreaths Across America.

The church Mission Team is having its annual shrimp boil 4-6 p.m. May 5.

Meal includes salad, half-pound of shrimp, sausage, potato, corn on the cob, drink and dessert.

A kid’s meal includes salad, quarter-pound of shrimp, sausage, potato, half a corn on the cob, drink and dessert.

Eckhart to serve 3-10 years for animal cruelty charges

Friday, April 12, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Lehigh County man who has faced numerous charges of abuse of animals over the years, was sentenced April 3 to three to 10 years in prison by Judge James T. Anthony in Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, 51, who has lived in Heidelberg Township and the Emmaus area, faced 94 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from four separate search warrants served in May 2017 as well as January and June 2018.

Eckhart, represented by Attorney Alfred Stirba IV, of Orefield, has been in jail since July 2018.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Churches offering Easter activities

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will have an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 1 through sixth grade at 2 p.m. on April 14, rain or shine.

An adult challenge course will also be offered.

Refreshments will be served in the grove following the egg hunt.

The church will observe Maundy Thursday with a Union Agape potluck meal (a form of Love Feast) 6:30 p.m. April 18 in fellowship hall.

For more information, call the church office at 610-285-6157.


Players of the Stage to perform ‘The Outsiders’

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Players of the Stage, a Christian home-schooled theater group, will present “The Outsiders” April 11-13 to benefit Hope Kids of Allentown.

The play is based on S.E. Hinton’s novel of the same name, and adapted by Christopher Sergel.

The play tells the 1960s story of the conflict between two rival gangs, the working class “Greasers” and the upper class “Socs” as told by Ponyboy Curtis, a young Greaser.

North Whitehall resident Jake Diem, who plays Ponyboy Curtis spoke with The Press about his character.

It’s ‘Curtains’ for Parkland thespians

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The murder mystery “Curtains” opened on April 10 and will run through April 14 at Parkland High School.

“Curtains,” a 1950s musical comedy, tells the tale of a detective who investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional cowboy musical, “Robbin’ Hood.”

The musical is based on a 2007 Broadway show of the same name with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander.

Upper Macungie: Electronics recycling April 6

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township is hosting an electronics recycling day for residents from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, April 6 at Grange Road Park, 360 Grange Road.

Items are limited to microwaves, household batteries, fluorescent lights, computers, monitors, televisions (limit three TVs or monitors).

Proof of residency will be checked. Yard waste cards will not be accepted.

The township is offering adult basketball for adults ages 21 and older 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays April 4 to June 13 at Jaindl Elementary School, 1051 Weilers Road, Breinigsville.

LCTI forges bond with school districts for new welding center

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute administrators, staff and students and local school administrators broke ground March 14 for a new $4.25 million Welding Technology Center.

Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included LCTI Executive Director Dr. Thomas J. Rushton, Director of Career and Technical Education Kurt Adam, Joint Operating Committee Vice Chairman Gary Fedorcha, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, and Pa. Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani.

Firefighters battle third area barn fire

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Laurys Station, Neffs, Lehigh Township, Whitehall-Egypt Station, Schnecksville, Tri-Clover and Allen Township volunteer firefighters were dispatched around 10:51 p.m. March 24 for a barn fire at 1352 Clearview Road, North Whitehall Township.

Laurys Station Fire Chief Robin Hood said the fire was called under control at 11:21 p.m.

North Whitehall Fire Marshal Jim Steward and State Police Fire Marshal Trooper James Welsh are investigating the fire. Northern Valley Ambulance Corps and Macungie rehabilitation emergency medical services assisted at the scene.