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Lowhill Twp man killed when train hits his vehicle

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

A Lowhill Township man died after his vehicle collided with a train 5:23 a.m. Dec. 14 at the West Penn Avenue railroad crossing in Alburtis.

Marc Tobash, 28, was pronounced dead that day at 6:40 a.m. by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas, according to Coroner Scott Grim.

Grim said the cause of Tobash’s death was due to multiple traumatic injuries.

The manner of his death was ruled an accident, Grim said.

Chamber members learn about drugs in the workplace

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Gregory Grey started using drugs as a teen.

In candid remarks as a panelist at a program on drug use in the workplace, hosted by the East Penn Chamber of Commerce, Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce and 21st Century Chamber Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at Brookside Country Club, Lower Macungie Township, Jan. 18, Grey talked about drugs and how using them gave him a confidence he lacked.

Grey now describes himself as in long-term recovery.

Smashburger welcomes hungry shoppers

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Dan O’Shaughnessy has a few favorites on the Smashburger menu.

The spicy jalapeno baja chicken is one. The shakes are good, too. And, to his own surprise, he likes the fried pickles.

However, O’Shaughnessy includes himself and his partners in the Smashburger demographic.

“We’re guys who like to eat burgers,” he said in a recent interview at the new location of the store in the Hamilton Crossing retail center.

Another View

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

International travel opens minds

A recent assignment at The Press presented an opportunity to turn green with envy.

Last spring it was my good fortune to chat with Emmaus High School senior members of the Chorale recently returned from travel to Italy to sing.

And sing they did. On a mountain top. On the streets of Rome. Aboard gondolas in Venice. At the Vatican.

Enthralled by stories of a three-course pizza meal, the Cinque Terre, a string of five seaside villages along the Italian Riveria and a visit to the Spanish Steps, I was inspired again to think about traveling abroad.

Firefighters use 'defensive attack' against blaze

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

High winds, an open floor plan and heavy timber construction joined forces to create a blaze that destroyed the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 N. Brookside Road, according to Lower Macungie Township Fire Chief David J. Nosal.

Winds clocked at 8 mph to 10 mph, with gusts in the low 20s, fed the fire, Nosal said.

"Windy days are not beneficial to firefighting," he said.

The restaurant, built in the 18th century, of heavy timber and various other woods, featured an open floor plan allowing the fire to quickly spread.

Another View

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

Waiting for the 'Watchman'

Of course, it is not uncommon for a book release to spark headlines.

A veteran of any Harry Potter book release knows as much. J.K. Rowling notwithstanding, this is big.

In July, Harper Lee's companion work to "To Kill A Mockingbird" arrives.

"Go Set a Watchman" comes out July 14.

The book's promised release garnered headlines in the New York Times in February.

Another View

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

'Be kind. Be helpful. Be trustworthy' In other words, act like a robot

Robots have been on my mind quite a bit recently.

Maybe the DVD set of the summer television series, "Extant," is to blame.

Spoiler alert for those who have not watched the series: Ethan, the robot boy at the center of the story, saves the world.

By my last count, I have watched the final episode of the season half a dozen times in recent weeks.

Maybe Honda's Asimo, the robot for whom the car I drive is nicknamed, is to blame.

Another View

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

Marking the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid

The idea itself was startling.In December 1989, says author Meredith Martin, the idea led off discussions in a special meeting of cabinet members and other government officials: Should the ban on liberation political organizations by lifted?

Within the opening months of the following year, the answer came. The ban against all liberation organizations, including the African National Congress, was lifted, and Nelson Mandela was to be freed from prison.

Dorothy Rider Pool Trust awards grant to LVHN

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

An $8.9-million grant from the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust recently awarded to Lehigh Valley Health Network will allow physicians, nurses, medical students and others to be better prepared to face the challenges of modern medicine and health care.

The award was announced during a press conference Jan. 14 at LVHN, Salisbury Township.

Described as the largest award ever given by the trust, the grant will answer the question of "how to marry high tech and high touch," said Edward Meehan, executive director of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust.

Another View

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

New Year. New You. Maybe.

We are eight days into 2015 and I know at least one of my New Year's resolutions is in the discard pile, or, for the tech savvy, the digital "recycle bin."

I say at least one because more than a few resolutions likely have fallen away by now, even though I am writing this editorial at least a week before New Year's Day.

Seven days in and several resolutions abandoned.