She had just parked her car at the barn across the driveway from her house when she heard buckets rolling down the macadam. Then, she heard the roof of the farm workshop explode.
Sonia Fink, co-owner of Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville, described what she heard as she tried to make it to safety when an EF0 tornado ripped through her family farm just before 6 p.m. July 22.
“I struggled to make it to the tree,” Fink said.
That tree, between the driveway where her car was parked and the edge of the property where her house is located, more than likely saved her life.
Although work has been underway for several weeks for the new fire station at Community Fire Company 17, New Tripoli, the important milestone for the community and for firefighters was marked by an official groundbreaking on July 12.
State and county dignitaries were recently welcomed to David and Sonia Fink’s Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville.
The June 7 visit had a dual purpose.
This year, Lehigh County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation are celebrating 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production in both the commonwealth and in the county.
More than 5,270 farm owners, have preserved over 550,000 acres in Pennsylvania, which leads the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced May 17 a New Jersey woman has been charged in relation to an overdose death which occurred in 2016.
Meredith Corbet, 28, of 909 Adrienne Avenue, Greenwich Township, Warren County, N.J., was charged with one count each of drug delivery resulting in death and conspiracy to commit drug delivery resulting in death, both felonies of the first degree.
When Imogene Marie Dietrich died March 16, 2017, at age 59, her husband and high school sweetheart, Bill, knew he had to find a way to honor her memory.
As Imogene loved sunflowers, Bill decided to plant a field of the bright yellow flowers next to his Germansville home.
When the flowers were ready for harvesting, Bill took the sunflower seeds and bagged them to sell as wild bird food.
A 1975 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, Imogene and Bill married in 1973.
The couple had two children, Steven Dietrich and Stacey Scanlon.
Terry Plinke has been named the new advertising director for the Lehigh Valley Press’ eight weekly newspapers.
Plinke started her career in medical laboratory sales in 1976.
She and her husband, Richard, worked together in Outdoor Marketing Systems, creating transit advertising for bus shelters and on buses.
Born and raised in Reading, Berks County, the mother of three adult sons and her husband live in the West End of Allentown.
A devastating fire, which broke out just before 8 p.m. March 22, has severely damaged the Bagel Bunch restaurant, and temporarily closed the legislative office of state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th.
Both are located in Star Plaza at the intersection of Routes 309 and 100, Heidelberg Township.
According to Lehigh County Assessment records, the strip mall is owned by DDDT, LLC, Allentown.
Chief Jay Scheffler of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, spoke with The Press on March 26.
Runaway teen Amy Yu, 16, has been returned to her mother, Mui T. Luu, and brother, John Yu, in Allentown.
Yu ran away on March 5 with Kevin Esterly, 45, of Lowhill Township.
He is awaiting extradition back to Allentown from Miami, Fla.
Luu spoke to The Press at her home on March 19 about her daughter’s return.
Her minister sat close by during the interview.
“I am very happy she is home safe and I know where she is,” Luu said.
“John is very happy Amy is back home.”
Luu said Yu was brought home by Allentown police 4 a.m. on March 18.
Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers is offering cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the man wanted in connection with a robbery at Weis Market, Schnecksville.
According to Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers, troopers responded at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 31 to the Weis Market, 5020 Route 873, North Whitehall Township, for the report of robbery.
Police say an older gentleman was standing in front of a lottery kiosk at the front of the store and a white male was standing behind the him.
Dianne Rice of Germansville is quite a quilter. And, she has the blue ribbons to prove it.
At the urging of Kim Fenstermacher, the fiancee of her son, Robert Hughes, she entered a few of her quilts and a pillow in the Bloomsburg Fair at the end of September.
Thanks to Fenstermacher’s efforts, and working on and off for weeks and months on her crafts, paid off as Rice brought home three blue ribbons and an honorable mention for her work.
She won a blue ribbon for her “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt, for which she found the pattern in a book by Eleanor Burns.