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Neighbor recalls fatal fire from 75 years ago

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Longtime Cetronia resident William "Buddy" Marsteller recently reflected on the fatal fire that displaced his family, injured his neighbor and killed a mother and her daughter 75 years ago.

"I was only 7 years old when the fire occurred," Marsteller said.

Marsteller, his parents Thomas and Annie, and two of his three sisters, Ruth and Dorothy, were upstairs in their bedrooms when the 4:40 a.m. fire broke out May 24, 1937.

The third sister, Minnie, who was 21 at the time, was not home, he said.

Corbett tours Upper Mac manufacturing plant

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

500 new jobs coming to Westport Axle

Kentucky-based Westport Axle had no trouble getting its new facility in Upper Macungie Township operational.

The company, which recently opened its doors in the former JCPenney distribution warehouse, 650 Boulder Drive, Breinigsville, is expected to hire 500 employees within the next several months.

"What has been done here in such a short period has been amazing," Alexander Van Leyen, president of Westport, said.

"This has been a very quick, aggressive build-out," Westport Vice President Rena Sharpe told The Press.

Another View

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Opinion

Protect yourself from identity theft

Berks-Lehigh Regional Police recently issued a Community Message via Nixle that an individual was going door-to-door asking questions of homeowners regarding the Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh school districts.

In this case, the man turned out to be a legitimate salesman.

I recently experienced something similar, except the man at my door was asking to see my electric bill.

According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly, identity fraud is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting 9 million Americans every year.

New outdoor classroom dedicated at Kernsville

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Students, teachers, parents and members of the community gathered recently for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new outdoor classroom at Kernsville Elementary School.

The classroom was made possible after members of the PTO submitted an application to the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program and were awarded a $5,000 grant, Wendy Pursell, president of Kernsville PTO, said.

Designed by Emily Goenser and Stacey Nash of Parkland Nurseries, the classroom began as a school effort in 2011, when first graders planted the butterfly garden, she said.

Upper Macungie

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Blessing of the backpacks offered Aug. 26 at Ziegels Union Church

Zion's Union Church, Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, will have its Sunday School picnic and Rally Day 10 a.m. Aug. 26 in the upper pavilion at Longswamp Park.

For more information, call 610-683-7485.


Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will have a blessing of backpacks at the 8:30 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. services Aug. 26.

Anyone involved with education is invited to come with backpacks, briefcases or laptop bags to receive both a blessing and a small gift.

Police chase ends at home in S. Whitehall

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police along with Freemansburg, Whitehall, Allentown City, and Pennsylvania State Police converged on a house at 4228 Briarcliff Road, South Whitehall, at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 8 following a car chase.

Todd D. Schaedel, who was wanted for allegedly fleeing Freemansburg police, was arrested at the house.

According to Lehigh County assessment records, the house is owned by Todd D. and Diane M. Schaedel.

South Whitehall Township Police Lt. John Christman spoke with The Press.

Upper Macungie Township

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Blood drive at Zion's Church

Parkland Community Library will be hosting a night at the movies between 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 in the South Whitehall Building, 4444 Walbert Ave.

The library's Book Quest group for adults will meet 7-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 to discuss "Girl with No Shadow" by Joanne Harris.

New members are always welcome.

For more information about these events, call the library at 610-398-1361.


Upper Macungie Township will be showing the movie "Puss in Boots" Aug. 10 in Breinigsville Park. Rain date is Aug. 11.

Midshipman, 2009 Parkland grad killed in Berks County crash

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A promising young life ended all too soon Aug. 3 when U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman First Class Austin T. Zalik died in a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 78.

The 2009 graduate of Parkland High School, was killed when his pickup truck rolled down an embankment and was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-78, Greenwich Township, Berks County.

According to State Police Troop, L, Hamburg, Zalik's 1990 Toyota pickup was parked in the lot of Rauch's Service Station, 1510 Krumsville Road, (Route 737) facing I-78 when it rolled down the enbankment at 6:33 a.m. onto the interstate.

Trucker dies in U. Macungie crash

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 31-year-old Perry County man was killed in a tractor-trailer crash around 3:50 a.m. Aug. 6 on I-78 East, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says Lucas M. Cramer of Duncannon was pronounced dead at 5:44 a.m. at the scene by Deputy Coroner Richard Kroon.

An autopsy was scheduled for Aug. 7 to determine the exact cause of death, Grim said.