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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dance planned for Sept. 16

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Military moMS

Blue Star Mothers of America Lehigh Valley Chapter No. 201 is hosting its fourth annual Denim to Diamonds Dance from 6-11 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Leithsville Social Hall, 1995 Leithsville Road (Route 412), Hellertown.

Blue Star Mothers have children who are serving or have served in the military.

For tickets or more information, contact Judith Miller at 610-428-0778 or email

Fire co. hosting open house

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Neffs Volunteer Fire Company, 3755 Park Ave., Neffs, will host its 75th anniversary open house 2-6 p.m. Aug. 20.

There will be refreshments, a Chinese auction, fire prevention activities and Sparky the Fire Dog.

A special anniversary program will take place at 3 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend.

For information, contact 610-767-4784 or visit

Bickel named township manager

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Renee Bickel, who started working at South Whitehall as manager of human resources six years ago, has become the new township manager.

She replaces Howard Kutzler who resigned in February.

Bickel was named assistant township manager in October 2015 and has served as interim manager since Kutzler’s departure.

Bickel oversees all departments in the township, including 106 full-time staff and 25 seasonal employees.

Before her arrival at South Whitehall, Bickel held...

Accepting applications

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Allentown Fair

Allentown Fair Superintendent of Entries Bruce Koppenhaver is alerting all prospective competitors for cash and blue ribbons contest, that the deadline to register is Aug. 5.

With over 1,200 categories for adults to enter items in and 135 for youth, the list of possibilities for crafters, gardeners, bakers, brewers, wine makers, photographers, knitters and more are endless.

The 2017 Agri~Plex Exhibits Book with all the categories and details for entering...

Neighbors up in arms over motel shooting

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall residents are concerned over a recent shooting at the nearby Econo Lodge motel, 1151 Bulldog Drive.

They filled the room at the Aug. 3 board meeting and asked commissioners and police to take action to safeguard the area.

Police Chief John Christman said about five shots were fired in the July incident which also involved a pistol whipping.

He added no one was hit by the shots.

One bullet, however, reached the Lehigh Valley Home and Garden Center,...

Police looking for man who fired shots at Econo Lodge

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

South Whitehall police are still looking for the man who allegedly was involved in a shots-fired incident and who pistol-whipped another man at 3:22 p.m. July 18 at the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, South Whitehall.

According to South Whitehall police, an officer responding to reports of multiple gunshots and an aggravated assault, was told the suspect had fired several shots from a handgun with the rounds striking several vehicles and a nearby building.

Police say the...

Parkland graduate ‘carries’ on the tradition

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

While paper carriers are few and far between now, previous generations relied on these dutiful workers to deliver their source of news.

Kelsy Grim, a Parkland High School graduate, was one of those workers. Along with being a carrier, Grim played junior varsity softball, was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and was on the honor roll every semester.

Her mother Melissa works for Parkland School District. Her father George is a retired school psychologist and was a...