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Germansville wife, mom knew value of education

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Scholarship established in memory of Imogene Dietrich

Do angels walk among us on earth? If you ask Bill Dietrich, he will tell you his wife, Imogene, was truly an angel.

Dietrich and their daughter, Stacey Scanlon of New Tripoli recently spoke with The Press about Imogene, who passed away unexpectedly on March 16.

“She had one of the largest showings at her viewing and funeral at Keller Funeral Home and so many people had their own stories of how much she touched their lives,” Scanlon said. “She was truly an angel.”

Imogene, a 1975 graduate from Northwestern Lehigh High School, married Dietrich in 1973.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union Lutheran Church VBS to begin June 25

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will offer “Maker Fun Factory” for Vacation Bible School 6-8 p.m. June 25-30 for children ages 3 through fifth grade.

The evening begins with a free meal 5:45 p.m. for participants, their families and any interested adults.

While the children are attending their fun and learning sessions, adults are invited to a Bible study at the same time.

In order to have sufficient materials, preregister by June 19.

Call 610-767-6884 for more information.



Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP ‘Pete’s Dragon’ on screen June 9

Upper Macungie Township will be showing the movie “Pete’s Dragon” June 9 at Lone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane. Activities start at 7 p.m.

Junior golf will be offered by The First Tee of Lehigh Valley for children 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays at Independent Park, 150 Independent Road, Breinigsville.

Session 1 runs from June 19 to July 12. Session 2 will run July 17 to Aug. 9.

Valley volunteers garner honors at annual breakfast

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Six local residents were honored recently by The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley during the group’s 2017 Breakfast for Champions’ Award ceremony at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

Honored at the ceremony were Mia Bobenko of Orefield, who volunteers at The Gress Mountain Ranch; Janet and Donald Hagenaur of Whitehall, who volunteer with the Union and West End Cemetery Association, Allentown; Kris and Ian Buss of Breinigsville, who volunteer with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley; and Kathryn O’Keefe of Allentown, who volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA.


Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Fogelsville churches having community Memorial Day service

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., and St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville, are hosting their annual joint community Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. May 29 in Fogelsville Union Cemetery.

The service will be led by the Rev. Nelson Quinones and the Robert M. Fegely VFW Post 8282, Breinigsville.

The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will assist at the service.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Suspect killed after he flees robbery, points gun at police

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 43-year-old North Whitehall Township man was killed by Allentown police after he pointed his gun at them at 8:31 a.m. May 21 in the 700 block of N. 19th St., Allentown.

Joseph M. Hodgin, 2507 Levans Road, Coplay, reportedly robbed a pharmacy at 4117 Main St., Whitehall, then fled toward Allentown in a white pickup.

Hodgin was pronounced dead 9:22 a.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.

His death is attributed to gunshot wounds to the body, Grim said. The manner of his death is pending investigation.

Couple injured in S. Whitehall crash

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police responded 7:02 p.m. May 8 for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a car in the 2600 block of Route 309, Orefield.

According to a South Whitehall Police news release, a male and female were found lying in the roadway with significant injuries.

Police say the male operator of the motorcycle was identified as Joshua T. Glass of Breinigsville. His passenger was identified as Kelsie L. Demkovitz of Germansville.

SPCA seizes 48 animals from Heidelberg Twp farm

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant May 5 removing eight dogs and puppies, 35 cats and kittens, and five horses from a farm in Heidelberg Township.

According to an affidavit of probable cause from District Judge Rod Beck’s office, Slatington, SPCA Humane Society Police Officer Kelsey Beam spoke with an informant on May 4 regarding a complaint of unsanitary conditions and animals in need of veterinary care at 6587 Central Road.


Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Library offering programs for kids, teens, adults

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, is hosting a block party for kids ages 2 and older with an adult 6 p.m. May 13.

Youngsters are invited to play with the library’s new block collection.

The library staff will show the movie “Julius Caesar” at its Brown Bag Classics at 1 p.m. May 15.

Bring a lunch and the library will provide beverages.

Bring tablets, smartphones or devices and explore some great online resources and tools all available for free through the library at its Cool Online Tools event 5 p.m. May 16.