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Pets die in Green Acres mobile home fire

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie police, along with Trexlertown, Upper Macungie and Fogelsville firefighters responded 12:33 a.m. Oct. 27 for a mobile home fire at 1036 Cherry Tree Crossing in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park.

Police say upon their arrival the front of the mobile home was engulfed in flames.

Police attempted to enter the home but flames and smoke prevented their doing so.

After the fire was extinguished, the mobile home was cleared by firefighters and found to be unoccupied, police say.

Responders answer explosive device call

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township police, Trexlertown and Upper Macungie Township firefighters, and Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded 12:54 p.m. Oct. 30 for a report of a bomb threat at Lineage Logistics, 7132 Ruppsville Road, Upper Macungie.

When police arrived, they were advised graffiti had been written on a bathroom stall saying an individual had an explosive device.

The building was evacuated as a precaution and a search was conducted by K-9 units from Upper Macungie and South Whitehall police departments and the cities of Bethlehem and Allentown police departments.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Psychic medium to visit park on Nov. 8

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie will host psychic medium Lauri Moore 7-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Independent Park Community Center, 150 Independent Park Road, Breinigsville.

Space is limited and there is a fee to attend.

For information, visit


Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, will host the Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile for a blood drive 3:30-7 p.m. Nov. 6.

To donate, go to or call 1-800-223-6667.

For more information, call the church at 610-683-7485.


Driver identified in fatal South Whitehall crash

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Police not releasing the name at this time

A 37-year-old Carbon County man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash around 9:08 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 1700 block of Mauch Chunk Road, South Whitehall Township.

A South Whitehall police spokesperson talked with The Press Oct. 23.

“We know who the driver is but are not releasing the name,” the spokesperson said. “It is still under investigation.”

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Scott T. White of Palmerton was pronounced dead 9:38 p.m. Sunday by Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner. An autopsy was performed Oct. 23.

UPPER MACUNGIE Canines to be barking with joy at Barktoberfest on Oct. 13

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township will host its sixth annual Barktoberfest 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Upper Macungie Park, 1625 N. Route 100, Fogelsville. Rain date is Oct. 14.

This free event will feature a pet parade, DJ, shows, demonstrations, costume contest, food and plenty vendors.

The township is having a photo scavenger hunt until Oct. 15 for residents to display their love of the community’s parks.

Contestants with the most cumulative points will win a prize.

Walkers raise funds for children with apraxia

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Approximately 200 Lehigh, Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties residents participated in the 2018 Greater Allentown Walk for Apraxia Sept. 23 to raise funds and awareness for kids with apraxia of speech.

According to an Apraxia Kids news release, “Childhood apraxia of speech is a very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder.

“This little-known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language.

South Whitehall Township receives Community of Distinction road signs

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township can now share its Community of Distinction honor with motorists entering the municipality with road signs presented by Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Sept 19 at the township building.

LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley said during the unveiling of the road signs South Whitehall has consistently distinguished itself through comprehensive planning, land use regulations and plans that enhance community facilities and transportation corridors.

’26 Pebbles’ tells the story of Sandy Hook following the massacre

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

“26 Pebbles” tells the story of how the residents of Newtown, Conn. healed following the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 students and six teachers were slaughtered.

This one-act play is based on interviews done by Broadway performer and playwright Eric Ulloa with Newtown residents.

Before students rehearsed their parts Sept. 26, they listened via Skype as former Sandy Hook Elementary teacher Abbey Clements shared her story about the shooting.

Telephone pole severed at L.V. Press office

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A driver suffered injuries when his 2008 GMC Sierra pickup struck a Verizon pole 7 a.m. Sept. 11 near the intersection of Walbert Avenue and 26th Street, South Whitehall Township.

According to South Whitehall Township police, the driver was westbound on Walbert Avenue, when for unknown reasons, the pickup crossed the center double yellow line and struck the pole on the south side of the road.

Police say the extent of the driver’s injuries were unknown as the individual was transported by Cetronia Ambulance Corps to St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.

Custom guitar shop owner using chaos to help zoo

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

An Upper Macungie Township resident is using his love of guitars to help raise funds for the animals at Lehigh Valley Zoo.

Dave Kite, owner of Chaos Guitars, is building an electric guitar with a giraffe print for the zoo’s first “Conservation Celebration” gala Oct. 13 at Lehigh Valley Country Club.

“Shortly after my fiancee Rose Amici suggested I do an animal print guitar, I talked to Doreen Carl, vice president of development at the zoo, and it was suggested I build a guitar for the gala,” Kite said.