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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Asbury Church issues statement on bomb squad response

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

No information available from South Whitehall police

Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.

“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Director of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.

UPDATE: Asbury Church issues statement on bomb squad response

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.

“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Diretor of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.

A Day for Doug

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

What happens when a beloved member of the community is struck by a devastating disease?

In the case of 1976 Northwestern Lehigh graduate Doug Rassler, who has gastroesophageal cancer, the community rallies around him.

Katie Kressley, a childhood friend of Rassler’s daughter, Sarah, jumped in with both feet and organized a “Crafts for a Cure” fundraiser June 11 at the Lynnport Fire Company.

Kempton Fire Co. having benefit

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

The Kempton Fire Company is accepting monetary donations for Deputy Chief Ethan Kunkel.

Ethan was diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing treatment.

To contribute, contact Fire Chief Matt Brett at 610-972-5180 or Courtney Loeb at 484-269-3490.

Checks can be made payable to Kempton Fire Company Firefighter Support.

On June 9, the Kempton Fire Company firefighters will be hosting a benefit dinner, comedy show and live auction at the Kempton Fire Company banquet hall.

Pro-life group puts Parkland School District on notice regarding student club

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to information provided by the Thomas More Society, Chicago, Ill., Parkland High School Superintendent Richard Sniscak was sent a demand letter May 17 from attorneys at that organization.

The letter charges the high school’s denial of a request by some students to form a pro-life student group is unconstitutional and must be reversed.

According to the email from the public relations firm representing the Thomas More Society, last fall, two students tried to start a Students for Life group at Parkland.

Creighton, Papay Bailey to battle for bench seat

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

Four candidates cross-filed for Tuesday’s Municipal Primary Election to replace District Judge Rod Beck in Magisterial District 31-3-01.

According to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Tom Creighton came in at the top of the Republican side of the ticket having garnered 664 votes, 33.55 percent of the vote.

Angelique Papay Bailey received an unofficial 467 votes on the Democratic side of the ballot giving her 42.77 percent of that vote.

Voters pick four for NWL school board seats

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

Voters in the Northwestern Lehigh School District went to the polls Tuesday to pick four of six candidates to run for school board director seats in the November General Election.

All candidates cross-filed.

Marci Handwerk Piescienski came in at the top of the Democratic ticket bringing in an unofficial 433 votes for 21.38 percent of the votes cast.

Jim Warfel garnered an unofficial 404 votes for 19.95 percent of the vote.

Alan L. Rex garnered an unofficial 391 Democratic votes for 19.31 percent of the vote.

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.

Two seats, 2 candidates seek seats on Heidelberg Board

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Jonathan Jakum, a Republican, is unopposed in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election for the two-year term in office vacated by former Supervisor Rodney Schlauch Jr. on the Heidelberg Township Board of Supervisors.

A Heidelberg Township resident for nine years, Jakum graduated from Kutztown University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communication design. He is a full-time graphic artist.

“I currently serve as a Lehigh County GOP Committeeperson and member of the Environmental Advisory Committee for Heidelberg Township,” Jakum said.