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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.

Veteran attends Army-Air Force reunion

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

Former Army Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Haenn, 100, well remembers his time serving his country.

The centenarian recently attended the 2017 reunion of the Army’s 467th Bombardment Group-Heavy Duty in Arlington, Va.

Haenn was accompanied by his daughter Judie Herb, a retired Parkway Manor Elementary School nurse.

He spoke with The Press about the upcoming reunion before his trip to Arlington.

“I am anxious to see if I know anybody,” Haenn said. “I thought I was done going to reunions.”

He also discussed his time in the military.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Upper Macungie welcomes pickleball fans

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township’s pickleball flex League meets 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Sundays all year at Blue Barn Park, 5770 Snowy Orchid Lane, Allentown, Upper Macungie Township.

Indoor basketball for participants age 21 and older will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays until Nov. 16 at Jaindl Elementary School, 1051 Weilers Road, Breinigsville.

All equipment will be provided.

Pickup volleyball for ages 14 and older meets 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays until March 27, 2018, at Fogelsville Elementary School, 312 S. Route 100, Breinigsville.

All levels are welcome to participate.

Seipstown Grange donating to several community groups

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Seipstown Grange 1657 will disburse $18,000 toward community service by awarding $1,000 checks to 18 organizations and charities 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Weisenberg Township Volunteer Fire Company, 2500 Golden Key Road, Weisenberg Township.

According to Grange Master Brian Wetzel, last fall, after the sale of the grange hall in 2015, Seipstown Grange, now a 102-year-old agriculture and community based organization, resumed its mission of community service by financially reaching out to several area groups.

New Tripoli artist displays work at Blink Optical

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Mel Berezny recently displayed some of her art work at Blink Optical, N. 19th St., Allentown.

Berezny was a microbiologist who became an engineer and then evolved into an artist.

“I received my Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Moravian College. I took one painting class with Dr. Teresko,” she said. “I received my Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Lehigh University.”

Later, after many years working in the pharmaceutical field, she took a painting class with Rosemary Geseck at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.

West Virginia driver killed in tractor-trailer crash on I-78

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 48-year-old West Virginia man died from injuries received in a crash around 9:59 p.m. Oct. 4 on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.

Rockwell L. Beam of Great Cacapon, West Va., was pronounced dead at 6:44 p.m. Oct. 5 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, according to the office of Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Beam’s death, attributed to injuries he received in the crash, was ruled an accident, Grim said.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Township celebrating Halloween on Oct. 27

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township will have Trick or Treat Night from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27. Rain date is Oct. 28.


Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., is hosting a holiday card making workshop 11 a.m. Oct. 14.

Learn how to make two homemade and personalized holiday cards from an experienced card maker.

The library is hosting a book character costume party for kids in grades kindergarten through sixth grade 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

Dress as your favorite book character or author. Prizes will be given for best costumes.

Enjoy some sweet treats and games.