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Whitehall Twp. man dies in 2-car Route 145 crash

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A Whitehall man died April 18 following a two-vehicle crash along Route 145, North Whitehall

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says Ronald J. Toribio, 24, of Whitehall, died of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred around 10:22 p.m. in front of 5416 Route 145.

Grim said Toribio, of 1951 Schadt Ave, was pronounced dead 1:36 a.m. April 19 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

"I ruled the manner of death an accident," Grim said.

Paramedic, EMT reunited with newborn they delivered

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

What began as a typical day for Northern Valley EMS Paramedic Jonathan Pfleegor and EMT Bill Edinger ended with the exciting birth of Camille Rose Gelinas Williams.

A month after delivering the baby girl inside their ambulance 4:20 p.m. March 10, the team was formally introduced to Camille Rose April 10 at their Ormrod headquarters.

Pfleegor, who at the time of the delivery was a paramedic for 15 months, and Edinger, who has been an EMT for 20 years, both said this was their first delivery.

God, reflective pool save life of Orefield teacher at marathon

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

Stephen Ott, an Orefield Middle School teacher and assistant track coach, had just finished running his second Boston Marathon when bombs exploded at the finish line April 15.

Ott finished the marathon around 1:30 p.m. but ran another two-and-a-half to three blocks after the finish line to the station where he received his medal.

"The last six miles of the marathon were hard because I pulled a hamstring," he said.

Ott said after 20 to 30 minutes and picking up his gear, he planned to return to the finish line.

'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Focus Feature

Players of the Stage to present play April 25-27

The young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing diligently to present the two-act play "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

The story is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.

Set in the 1800s, the play tells the story of 14-year-old Tom Sawyer, who is raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri.

As the play unfolds, Sawyer matches wits with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Becky Thatcher, and goes on adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn.

Rabbi returns from marathon

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

Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, was running his second Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded near the finish line.

"I had just finished, and was collecting my medal when I heard a boom behind me," Phillips told The Press the day after the April 15 tragedy. "I turned around and saw a huge amount of smoke, then the second explosion.

"I was too far away to hear the screams or crowd sounds."

As the last group of runners were approaching the finish line around 2:50 p.m., a bomb exploded near Boylston and Exeter streets.

Another View

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Opinion

Stay safe as you venture outdoors this spring

Of the four seasons, spring is my favorite with everything beginning to awaken and renew after a long winter.

Trees and flowers are blooming; the birds are chirping and wild animals are awaking from hibernation.

Spring is also the time when Americans begin to spend more time outdoors exercising, playing sports, swimming, bicycle riding, camping, grilling and having picnics.

Even though spring brings warmer weather, it also brings with it many dangers.

Upper Macungie

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

Township offering golf, tennis programs for children

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall. will be hosting musicians Tom and Betty Druckenmiller, for some old-time music and storyteller Charles Kiernan for Lost Dollar stories 7 p.m. April 4.

This event is for adults and children of all ages.

Family storytimes will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. April 4, 10, 11 and 17 for children ages 18 months to 3 years.

There will be stories, songs and games for the entire family to share.

Younger and older siblings may also attend. An adult must stay with each child.

'Phantom' to haunt Parkland's high school stage April 10-14

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

Parkland High School Theater students will be presenting the Broadway musical "Phantom of the Opera."

This two-act musical, set in a Paris opera house, portrays the love triangle of a young beautiful Swedish soprano Christine Daae, an old childhood friend named Raoul, and a mysterious disfigured musical genius "The Phantom."

This musical is based on the 1910 French novel "Le Fantome de l'Opera" written by Gaston Leroux.

Music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics are by Charles Hart with additions from Richard Stilgoe.

S. Whitehall firefighters respond to hot time at Asbury Church

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Firehouse hot chili, along with chocolate, fruity and vegetable recipes were on the menu at Asbury United Methodist, South Whitehall, March 16, for its annual chili cook-off.

Forty chili lovers from all across the Valley teamed up with Asbury church members to help support Lehigh County Conference of Churches.

The church conference offers a mentoring program for at-risk youth, a self-sufficiency program to help prevent homelessness and offers clients living below the federal poverty level free meals through its soup kitchen.

Upper Macungie

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Churches having egg hunts

Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will be having an Easter egg hunt 2 p.m. March 23 for toddlers through sixth grade.

Refreshments will be served after the hunt.

For more information, call the church office at 610-285-6157.


St. John's United Church of Christ and St. John's Lutheran churches will be having an Easter egg hunt for infants through sixth grade 10 a.m. March 23 at the Falcon Pavilion, Upper Macungie Park, Route 100, Fogelsville.

Rain date is 10 a.m. March 30.