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West Virginia driver killed in tractor-trailer crash on I-78

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 48-year-old West Virginia man died from injuries received in a crash around 9:59 p.m. Oct. 4 on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.

Rockwell L. Beam of Great Cacapon, West Va., was pronounced dead at 6:44 p.m. Oct. 5 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, according to the office of Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Beam’s death, attributed to injuries he received in the crash, was ruled an accident, Grim said.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Township celebrating Halloween on Oct. 27

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township will have Trick or Treat Night from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27. Rain date is Oct. 28.


Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., is hosting a holiday card making workshop 11 a.m. Oct. 14.

Learn how to make two homemade and personalized holiday cards from an experienced card maker.

The library is hosting a book character costume party for kids in grades kindergarten through sixth grade 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

Dress as your favorite book character or author. Prizes will be given for best costumes.

Enjoy some sweet treats and games.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: ‘Get Prepared Parkland’ on Sept. 30

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships will host “Get Prepared Parkland,” an emergency preparedness educational event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Lone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane, Upper Macungie Township.

There will be demonstrations, presentations and training sessions to mark September as National Emergency Preparedness Month.

Participation events include hands-only CPR, junior firefighter obstacle course, live and simulated fire extinguisher training, first aid and stop the bleed.

Participants may earn some giveaways to help them be prepared.

AED donated to South Whitehall Police Department

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall’s police department recently received a lifesaving gift.

Rachel Moyer of Shawnee on Delaware, Monroe County, donated an automated external defibrillator to the police department at a recent township commissioners’ meeting.

Moyer, director of AED placement and advocacy programs with the Greg W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund, retired from teaching in 2007 after 24 years in the classroom, to devote her time to AED advocacy.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Upper Mac offering emergency response classes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township, in partnership with Lehigh County Emergency Management, is hosting a free 20-hour community emergency response team training program 6-10 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Cetronia Ambulance Corps, 4300 Broadway, South Whitehall Township.

This training program is designed to help participants protect themselves, family, neighbors and their neighborhoods in an emergency situation.

Registration must be made by Sept. 19.

To register, contact Tanya Hook at 610-782-4600 or email


Nine injured in 2-vehicle crash

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Three adults and six children were injured after a 2014 Ford Fusion struck their 2015 Chevrolet Traverse 1:45 p.m. Sept. 4 on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.

According to State Police Troop M Fogelsville, the car driven by Joseph Jeffrey Farese, 21, of Riegelsville, left its lane of travel and side swiped the SUV driven by Camelo Juarez-Pena, 46, of Bayonne, N.J.

The SUV then hit a metal guardrail causing extensive damage.

Police say one occupant in the SUV was partially ejected.

Swastikas painted on buildings, truck at horse rescue

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Alex Castro, 17, recently came out to feed her four horses in the barn when she discovered backward swastikas painted on two of the buildings and her father’s work truck.

The former Parkland High School student, now a PA Cyber School student, told The Press her family has owned the property in North Whitehall about a year and a half.

Castro has no idea who painted the symbols, associated with Nazism, sometime between the evening of Aug. 27 and early morning on Aug. 28.

NWL grad brings Moodonna to life From military to mascot, Michael Koenig serves his country, community

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 2009 Northwestern Lehigh graduate recently hung up his Army uniform to wear a garb of a different role this past week at the 165th Great Allentown Fair.

Michael Koenig of Germansville, who is serving two years in the Army Reserve, portrayed the fair’s mascot, Moodonna.

“Once or twice at previous fairs I have worn the Moodonna mascot costume,” Koenig said. “This is the first time doing it all week.”

Koenig said he, his brother Matt, and cousins Morgan and Taryn, were all a part of the youth group at the fair from age 12 to 18.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Garden club to present program

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, is hosting an ice cream social 1-3 p.m. Sept. 1. for seniors.

Library staff will show the movie “La La Land” 1 p.m. Sept. 4 for its Modern Brown Bag Classics.

Watch your favorite James Bond 007 movie at 1 p.m. Sept. 5 and 12.

Technical Tuesday will be 3-4 p.m. Sept. 5 at Luther Crest retirement community, 800 Hausman Road, South Whitehall.

Learn how to download e-books, e-magazines, e-audiobooks and digital music.

S. Whitehall police searching for two men

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township police are looking for two men in connection with a robbery which occurred 5:19 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Speedway, 3890 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

According to police, two black males, with their lower faces covered, allegedly entered the business carrying two long metal rods.

The first suspect is described as a black male approximately standing 5-foot 6-inches to 5-foot 8-inches tall with a thin build.

He was wearing a gray T-shirt, dark color pants and red sneakers.