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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Police, OMS teachers forgo shaving

Twenty-nine members of the South Whitehall Township Police Department, and 13 Orefield Middle School teachers participated in this year’s No Shave November fundraiser.

The goal of the fundraiser was to increase awareness by embracing their hair, something many cancer patients lose, with the officers and teachers growing beards or goatees.

Each officer needed to donate a minimum $50 of his own money which would have typically been spent on shaving and grooming to participate.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Churches having Christmas Eve services

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s UCC, 1027 Church Road, Fogelsville, will have two Christmas Eve services.

The regular service will be 10:30 a.m. At the 7:30 p.m. service, there will be candlelight communion.

There will no Bible Study or Sunday School, but there will be a coffee hour after the 10:30 a.m. service.

For more information, call the church office at 610-398-7015.


St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1028 Church Road, Fogelsville, will have three services with communion on Dec. 24.

County coroner awaits toxicology report on pair found dead in motel

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 36-year-old Texas woman and a 56-year-old Tennessee man were found dead Nov. 29 in a motel room at Howard Johnson Inn and Suites, 3220 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Christina Schwartz, last known address San Antonio, Texas, was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Richard Kroon at 12:15 p.m. that day in room 216 of the motel.

Kroon also pronounced Michael Donnelly, last known address in Tennessee, dead at 12:16 p.m. the same day and in the same room.

Players of the Stage presenting ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been practicing diligently to present the one-act play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Based on Barbara Robinson’s work of the same name, the play tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after learning snacks would be served.

Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday School’s Christmas play.

Upper Macungie resident Emmerson Masenheimer, from Cast 1, portrays Grace Bradley.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: LV Zoo, Christmas Décor offering holiday light shows

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, and Christmas Décor are hosting their third Winter Light Spectacular 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday nights until Dec. 21.

This season will feature 36 scheduled events.

There will be no event showings on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Disney Frozen Princess Elsa will be onstage 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 2, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20, 22, 27, 29 and 31.

Disney Beauty and the Beast Princess Bella will be onstage 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 28 and 30.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Fogelsville churches having joint Thanksgiving service

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, 1028 Church St., and St. John’s UCC, 1027 Church St., both in Fogelsville, will be offering a joint Thanksgiving Eve service at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at St. John’s UCC.

The Rev. Nelson Quiñones will deliver the sermon.

For more information, call St. John’s UCC at 610-398-7015 or St. John’s Lutheran at 610-395-5535.


The Busy Bees from St. John’s UCC, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville, are accepting orders for their nut, raisin or coconut sticky bun sale until Nov. 29.

Jury finds former Orefield man guilty of killing four

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A former Parkland High School student was found guilty Nov. 16 in a Pasco County Court in Florida of murder in the first degree regarding the 2014 deaths of four people and dumping their bodies in a roadside ditch.

According to Pasco County court records, Adam Matos, 32, formerly of Orefield, and 7719 Hatteras Drive, Hudson, Fla., was found guilty of killing Megan Brown, 27, her parents Margaret and Gregory Brown, both 52; and Megan’s boyfriend, Nicholas Leonard, 37.

Matos was a senior at Parkland High School in 2004.

Korea/Vietnam Memorial celebrates 12th anniversary

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Korea/Vietnam Memorial Inc., hosted its 12th anniversary of the dedication of the U.S. Armed Forces Plaza this spring in the Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Service Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

The dedication, to honor the most recent entries at the plaza, began with the laying of wreaths by the Korean War Veterans of Pennsylvania.

Parkland High School graduate Erin Kelly sang the National Anthem, the Armed Forces Medley and God Bless America.

‘Annie Jr.’ to be performed ‘Tomorrow,’ Saturday and Sunday at high school

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Parkland theater students, from elementary through high school, will present the musical “Annie Jr.,” this weekend at the high school.

The two-act musical, set in 1933, New York City, portrays Annie’s life at the Municipal Girls Orphanage and the world of luxury at billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks’ mansion.

The musical is based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray.

Hannah Whitson, a ninth grader at Parkland High School, portrays Annie, an orphan.

“Annie is an extremely determined and hopeful girl,” Whitson said.