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Amazon buys aid fire company

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Station 56

Upper Macungie Township police have announced residents may support Fire Station 56 by shopping on Amazon.

According to Upper Macungie Police Lt. Peter Nickischer, criminal investigations and community services division commander, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Fire Station 56 when buyers visit

County coroner awaits toxicology report on pair found dead in motel

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 36-year-old Texas woman and a 56-year-old Tennessee man were found dead Nov. 29 in a motel room at Howard Johnson Inn and Suites, 3220 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Christina Schwartz, last known address San Antonio, Texas, was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Richard Kroon at 12:15 p.m. that day in room 216 of the motel.

Kroon also pronounced Michael Donnelly, last known address in Tennessee, dead at 12:16 p.m. the same day...

Gender wage

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Lehigh County presents “Eliminating Income Disparity” at their December Hot Topics Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 to be held in the banquet room at the Superior Restaurant, Emmaus.

Toni Hoffman and Susan McNamara, past public policy chairs, American Association of University Women, will present ways that can close the gender wage gap here in the Lehigh Valley.

They will also explain briefly how their experiences as public policy co...

Open house on Dec. 7

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Luther Crest

Luther Crest senior living community, 800 Hausman Road, South Whitehall, is hosting a public holiday open house 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

Participants will tour residents’ homes decorated for the holiday season.

The event also will include holiday-related cookies and other treats.

People interested in attending are asked to call Luther Crest at 610-391-8229.

Another view

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

This Oct. 13 at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump said, “We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

I didn’t realize the White House and Americans stopped saying this. We didn’t actually.

At our workplaces, at our churches, at our family and friends’ gatherings and even at department stores, we still say “Merry Christmas.”

On many shopping trips, sales associates often have wished me a “Merry Christmas.”

They also have said “Happy...

Chosen Words

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by The Press in Opinion


Holidays are wonderful;

they put you in the mood;

Fun and family gatherings,

and tons of fattening food.

There’s turkey, ham and candied yams,

cranberry sauce galore.

Cakes and pies and cookies, too,

and always so much more

The food is very plentiful, in fact,

there’s way too much;

But, we keep eating more and more,

’til everyone is stuffed!

After all have eaten, it’s time to clean the mess....

County board briefed on financial forecasting model

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Gretchen Naso, principal officer of RKL LCC, briefed Lehigh County commissioners about a five-year financial forecasting model developed to aid in planning.

Naso’s plan, presented at the Nov. 21 meeting of the county board, analyzed Lehigh County’s finances for the last five years to give planners an idea of how financial decisions today may affect the future.

“One of our goals was to allow the commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill...