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New Tripoli resident concerned after hearing loud explosion near her home

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A New Tripoli resident is concerned after hearing a loud explosion near her home around 7:15 a.m. June 25.

Micki Tapper of Flint Hill Road spoke with The Press by telephone the next day about the explosion.

“My first thought was a tree fell on our house. We (Micki and husband Gene) live on five areas,” Tapper said. “I went outside and looked around, but didn’t see anything.”

She said the explosion shook her house and windows.

Tapper said there is nothing she knows of in the area that would have caused the explosion.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Fireworks Spectacular July 6 in Breinigsville

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township, along with Schmoyer, Trexler and J.S Burkholder funeral homes, will host the Breinigsville Independence Day fireworks spectacular July 6 at Earl Adams Memorial Park, 8935 Breinigsville Road, Breinigsville. Rain date is July 7.

Concession stands open at 3 p.m. and WTAP TV personality Uncle Jeffery will begin broadcasting at that time.

There will be music by the Allentown Municipal Band at 7 p.m. with an old-fashioned patriotic sing-along at 8:15 p.m.

The patriotic reading will start around 9:10 p.m. with the grand fireworks spectacular at dusk.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Seniors honored for their generosity of time, spirit

In honor of Older Americans Month, 14 Lehigh County residents were honored during the 19th annual tribute to Unsung Heroes at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

This tribute honors older adults in the Valley who have displayed exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.

Part I of the Unsung Heroes story includes local honorees Barry L. Faust, William H. Wehr and Nancy J. Eckert.

Barry L. Faust

Students participate in Law Day ceremony

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Parkland and Allentown Central Catholic high school students presented compelling legal arguments on the First Amendment and student speech as they related to school dress codes and student walkouts during Law Day ceremonies May 1 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Allentown.

Parkland students Ryan Azar, Rishika Rohatgi and Kaitlin Shaul and Allentown Central Catholic students Anahbell Gonzalez, Morgan Dietz, Anna Hadded and Dylan Ferareza served as attorneys.

New Tripoli resident graduates college with highest honors

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in

Juliet Elisabeth Long of New Tripoli, graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in communication studies May 18 from Grove City College, Grove City, Mercer County.

She was also named to the college’s dean’s list with high distinction.

A semester GPA between 3.85 and 4.00 is required for this honor.

“Julie worked so very hard and my wife and I are so very proud of her,” Perry Long, her father said. “Not to boast, but it is a real accomplishment to graduate from Grove City College with highest honors.”

Long is working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

New food pantry working to ‘crush hunger’ in the Parkland area

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A new food pantry — Parkland Community Aid Reaching Every Student— will open its doors June 19 at 5074 Kernsville Road, Unit 4, Orefield.

Katrina Sundstrom, executive director with Parkland C.A.R.E.S. said the food pantry, down the road from Kernsville Elementary School, began as a simple food drive to honor one of Parkland’s own.

Sundstrom, her husband Rich, daughter Sydni and son A.J. held a food drive to honor late bus driver Gary Smith.

Good Samaritan with gun aids man being attacked

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An 18-year-old Allentown man was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, making terroristic threats, and traffic offenses after he allegedly attempted to stab a 47-year-old man around 12:59 p.m. June 5 at 3017 Tilghman St., South Whitehall.

According to South Whitehall police, officers responded for a report of a fight with a weapon at that location.

Upon arrival, officers took the male, identified as Matthew Gavilanes, into custody without incident.

‘Today is practice for tomorrow’

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Parkland’s Class of 2019 enters the real world

Class of 2019 President Danielle M. Colapietro, carrying the class key, led approximately 758 of her classmates toward a new chapter in their lives, receiving their high school diplomas at Parkland High School’s commencement ceremony June 11 at the PPL Center, Allentown.

The procession of seniors dressed in red and gray gowns walked into the arena as the high school band, under the direction of Jason D. Lerew, performed “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar.

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP: Upper Macungie to host shredding event on June 22

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township, in partnership with certified tennis professional Brian Bleam, will host tennis clinics for all levels at Ricky Park, 5875 Ricky Ridge Trial, Orefield, and Blue Barn Park, 5770 Snowy Orchid.

Adult and junior tennis session two are scheduled for June 17 to July 17.

There is a fee to attend and registration is required.

The township and the Nanny Loft will offer a one-day safe sitter class 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. June 17 at the Upper Macungie Township Building, 8330 Schantz Road, Breinigsville.

Rotary awards scholarships to nine students

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Allentown-West Rotary had its annual scholarship awards breakfast May 8 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, where nine students were recognized for their accomplishments.

The winners and guests, as well as representatives from Northwestern Lehigh and Parkland school districts, LCCC and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute joined the Rotarians to celebrate.

Students from the four institutions submitted online applications and a committee chose the winners.