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Looking for a pet: Adopt don’t shop

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Four-legged models take to the runway

Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show in the grove at Neffs Union United Church of Christ May 21 featured rescued cats and dogs in search of “fur-ever” homes from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, Upper Macungie Township.

The Troop includes nine girls, all in fifth grade, who meet regularly at the church, which was happy to offer use of the grove for the show.

The Troop hosted the event for the Bronze Award Project, which requires a minimum of 20 hours of work and execution on a sustainable service project.

Local family helping others with their premature babies

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Lily’s Hope Foundation of Coopersburg, which officially became a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in 2013 is supporting NICU families by way of Packages of Hope.

“We work with each individual family and customize our Packages of Hope to answer their specific needs since they haven’t been able to prepare for their child’s early birth,” Jen Driscoll emailed The Press.

“We offer three different types of Packages of Hope, all containing items the family needs: Hospital Care Package, Transition Home Care Package and a Sibling Care Package.”

Kuss Brothers rezoned

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The 8.3-acre parcel that was the longtime home of the former Kuss Brothers Nursery has been rezoned to Neighborhood Commercial.

The land at 670 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. was previously divided across two zoning districts — R-3 Residential and Highway Commercial.

When the issue was raised two years ago, plans for the property included opening a connection through Glick Avenue.

That proposal generated an outcry among residents who did not want additional traffic coming through their quiet neighborhood and who expressed concerns about safety and the value of their homes.

Small in size, big on appeal Miniatures at C. Leslie Smith

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ASHLEIGH ALBERT in Local News

At C. Leslie Smith, Shops of Cedar Point, Allentown, this month’s artist on display creates with neither a brush nor a pencil, but with miniatures, creating doll houses and other decorative displays.

Nadenia Butko, 87, of Macungie, first found her love for creating miniatures in 1990 after needing a hobby following the death of her husband.

The couple had moved to the Lehigh Valley from New Jersey the year before.

“I was in an unfamiliar place with few local friends, and creating miniatures became a new hobby for me, even an obsession,” Butko said.

Melanoma survivors celebrated at LVHN

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ASHLEIGH ALBERT in Local News

Lehigh Valley Health Network presented its fifth annual Melanoma Community Forum on May 18 in the Kaysch Family Pavilion at the hospital’s Salisbury Township campus.

The presentation, which drew several dozens of people to the pavilion, celebrated survivor recovery and discussed the changing treatment for the cancer.

The forum was attended by survivors, their families, health-care workers and members of the public.

Retired state police sergeant discusses sovereign citizens

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Robert Bemis recently presented a discussion concerning sovereign citizens at Kutztown University.

Co-sponsored by the Association for Campus events and the Criminal Justice Department, the presentation was aimed at providing information to the criminal justice students but it was also open to the public.

Bemis, a retired Marine, discussed the origins of the sovereign citizens’ movement, ways to recognize their beliefs and suggestions on how to decrease any violence on their part.

Tori Morgan to face Mark Pinsley for South Whitehall Board seat

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

South Whitehall Commissioner Christina “Tori” Morgan, a Republican, garnered an unofficial 622 votes to fellow Commissioner and Republican Thomas Johns’ unofficial 538 votes in Tuesday’s Municipal Primary to face Democrat Mark Pinsley in the November General Election.

Morgan, who has been board president for five years, became a commissioner in 2008.

She emailed The Press Wednesday morning following the primary election.

Osborne heads toward November election in bid for executive seat

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Former South Whitehall Township and Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican, garnered an unofficial 56 percent of the vote to Glenn Eckhart’s unofficial 44 percent of the vote to face Democrat Phillips Armstrong in the November General Election for Lehigh County executive.

According to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Osborne received 6,326 votes to Eckhart’s 4,940 votes.

Armstrong, who ran unchallenged, received an unofficial 11,479 votes on the Democratic side of the ballot.