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Worker knocked out during free-for-all at Fogelsville Hotel

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township police are investigating a fight in which a 27-year-old Breinigsville man was knocked unconscious around 1:48 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Fogelsville Hotel, 7921 Main St., Fogelsville.

Upon arrival, officers learned a fight had broken out between two large groups of customers.

While attempting to break up the fight, Robert Holland, an employee, was beaten and knocked unconscious, police say.

He was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Lower Macungie Twp. driver dies following crash along Route 100

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 23-year-old Lower Macungie Township man died after the vehicle he was driving struck a tractor-trailer at 10:46 a.m. July 26 on Route 100, in the area of Industrial Drive, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Steven Winkler, of 2200 N. Pewter Drive, was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m. last Friday in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Grim ruled Winkler's death an accident due to blunt force injuries to his head sustained in the crash.

Upper Macungie Township police are assisting with the investigation.

Upper Macungie Township

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Area churches offering events for children

St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1249 Trexlertown Road, Trexlertown, is offering "Kingdom Rock, Where Kids Stand Strong for God" Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 5-9.

For more information, call the church office at 610-395-4571.


Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will have its second "Leap of Faith" sports camp for children ages pre-kindergarten through sixth grade from 8:45 a.m.-noon July 29 to Aug. 2.

The fee per child includes a water bottle and snack. Old sports equipment is needed.

Volunteering is a way of life for Orefield man

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

For one local man, volunteering and caring for the sick and elderly has become a way of life.

LeRoy Schmidt, 72, a 20-year resident of Orefield, formerly of Port Chester, N.Y., has been volunteering and helping others for 62 years.

"I started volunteering in my neighborhood when I was 10, walking people's dogs, and helping those who just came home from the hospital," Schmidt said.

His first volunteer job was helping with the cooking, cleaning and personal care for a lady who had knee surgery.

Another View

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Opinion

Be knowledgeable of what is in food, drink

An article I read recently concerning the Food and Drug Administration's new limits on arsenic in apple juice has only confirmed my belief we should pay closer attention to where our food and drinks originate.

According to the article published July 12 on, the FDA is changing the amount of arsenic allowed after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant's effect on children.

In an FDA news release published the same day, the agency stated it is allowing 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice.

Univest Corp. breaks ground for $2 million office building

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania executives and employees recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to announce construction of its new 10,000-square-foot office building in South Whitehall Township.

The $2 million structure will be in Tilghman Square Shopping Center, 4680 Broadway Road.

Access to the building will be from Cetronia Road.

Univest plans to relocate 31 of its current employees in Allentown and Fogelsville to the building, which will have space to add 20 additional employees.

Upper Macungie

Thursday, July 11, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Summer Vacation Bible School offered by area churches

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall, is offering Fairy House projects 10-11 a.m. July 11 for children entering third through fifth grade.

Learn about fairies, build a house for them and make a fairy wind chime.

The library will be having stories in the school 10-11 a.m. at Schnecksville Elementary July 11, Fogelsville Elementary, July 17, and 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Ironton Elementary July 23 and Fogelsville Elementary, July 24.

Breinigsville celebrates Independence Day

Thursday, July 11, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A heat warning advisory due to 90 degree temperatures July 6 did not deter guests from attending the 10th annual presentation of Schmoyer Funeral Home's Independence Day spectacular in Breinigsville.

Twenty-nine years ago, Carl Schmoyer III and his father Carl F. Jr. traveled to Ohio to purchase fireworks for the family's Fourth of July backyard celebration.

This has evoleved into an annual community event, with Independence Day fun beginning around 1 p.m. with the Robert M. Fegely VFW Post 8282 parade at Earl Adams Memorial Park.

Orefield man dies from fall

Thursday, July 11, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Erwin Smoyer, 82, of Orefield, died July 1 from severe head injuries he received in a fall, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Smoyer was pronounced dead 10:40 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Smoyer, of 3266 2nd Ave., fell out the emergency door exit of a para-transport bus at approximately 3:08 p.m., in the 1900 block of Liberty Street, Allentown, Grim said. An autopsy was performed July 2.

Grim ruled Smoyer's death an accident.

Studio features wide range of photographic services

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Frank Mitman opens shop in South Whitehall Twp.

South Whitehall residents recently welcomed a new business to the community.

Frank Mitman's photography studio recently opened its doors at 1321 N. 18th Street.

Mitman has been a photographer since 1976.

"Basically photography found me when I was in college," he said. "When I was in college studying journalism, I had to take a photography class as a requirement for my degree and that's what got me into photography."

After graduating college, Mitman apprenticed for two years working in a camera retail store.

He also photographed commercial beauty products.