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Kids Closet Sale has something for everyone

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by AMY MILLER in Local News

Do you children need a new wardrobe?

How about a new toy?

Are you a new mommy looking to find quality items to keep baby happy and safe but don’t want to break the bank?

The 10th annual Kids Closet Sale may be able to help with all of that.

The sale at Penn’s Peak, hosted by the Times News and Lehigh Valley Press, will open to the public at 9 a.m. Wednesday and has something for just about everyone.

Upper Lehigh Lions donate to emergency responders

Friday, April 12, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Upper Lehigh Lions Club presented donations to Northern Valley EMS (NOVA) and the four fire companies in North Whitehall Township at a recent meeting at the Schnecksville Diner.

President Ruthann Krause reports $1,000 was given to each of the volunteer emergency response organizations.

Representatives of each entity provided information on their unit.

Schnecksville Fire Company was established in 1924.

Eckhart to serve 3-10 years for animal cruelty charges

Friday, April 12, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Lehigh County man who has faced numerous charges of abuse of animals over the years, was sentenced April 3 to three to 10 years in prison by Judge James T. Anthony in Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, 51, who has lived in Heidelberg Township and the Emmaus area, faced 94 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from four separate search warrants served in May 2017 as well as January and June 2018.

Eckhart, represented by Attorney Alfred Stirba IV, of Orefield, has been in jail since July 2018.

Passive park planned

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall is planning a passive, low-impact park on a hillside along Brickyard Road near the reservoir.

During the March 20 commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope commented on the site.

“It will be on a steep, wooded hillside with beautiful views, abundant wildlife, and a natural meadow,” Cope said.

He reported the park will be named Kohler Ridge at the request of the Kohler family from whom 16 acres were purchased last October.

The Kohler property adjoins 10 acres obtained as open space from the Hills at Winchester development.

Players of the Stage to perform ‘The Outsiders’

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Players of the Stage, a Christian home-schooled theater group, will present “The Outsiders” April 11-13 to benefit Hope Kids of Allentown.

The play is based on S.E. Hinton’s novel of the same name, and adapted by Christopher Sergel.

The play tells the 1960s story of the conflict between two rival gangs, the working class “Greasers” and the upper class “Socs” as told by Ponyboy Curtis, a young Greaser.

North Whitehall resident Jake Diem, who plays Ponyboy Curtis spoke with The Press about his character.

Two charged with setting barn fires

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

A Northampton woman and a former junior firefighter have been charged with setting multiple barn fires in Northampton County.

Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say Samantha Rose Keeney, 24, was charged April 4 in connection with the fires.

The first fire was at 3646 Cedar Drive; the second at 786 Fir Drive, both in Lehigh Township, and on March 29 there was another at 4413 Cherryville Road, Allen Township.