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Thursday, October 19, 2017

West Virginia driver killed in tractor-trailer crash on I-78

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 48-year-old West Virginia man died from injuries received in a crash around 9:59 p.m. Oct. 4 on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.

Rockwell L. Beam of Great Cacapon, West Va., was pronounced dead at 6:44 p.m. Oct. 5 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, according to the office of Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Beam’s death, attributed to injuries he received in the crash, was ruled an accident, Grim said.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Christ’s Church at Lowhill to host penny party

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, will have its Harvest Home service 10 a.m. Oct. 15.

Bring fresh produce and canned goods to be offered in support of the Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry, as they celebrate and bless the harvest for God’s good provision.

To contribute to the Harvest Home service but are unable to attend, call 610-842-4781 for drop off times.

The church will have a penny party Oct. 20. Bring pennies and loose change.

Doors open 5:30 p.m. Game starts 7 p.m.

Lehighton man killed in 2-vehicle crash along Mountain Road

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 51-year-old Carbon County man died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the area of 2907 Mountain Road, Washington Township.

Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas pronounced Ronald Dana Graver Jr., of the 60 block of Lafayette Trail, Lehighton, dead at 5:25 p.m. the same day.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said the cause of Graver’s death was attributed to multiple blunt force injuries. His death was ruled an accident.

Kempton man drowns in boating incident

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An 82-year-old Kempton man was involved in a boating incident at 7:54 a.m. Sept. 30 at Leaser Lake, 8502 Pleasure Court, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew H. Kehm said Kenneth E. Gorsuch was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.m. the same day in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner Eric Minnich told The Press Oct. 4, the cause of Gorsuch’s death was drowning and it was ruled an accident.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: ‘Get Prepared Parkland’ on Sept. 30

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships will host “Get Prepared Parkland,” an emergency preparedness educational event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Lone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane, Upper Macungie Township.

There will be demonstrations, presentations and training sessions to mark September as National Emergency Preparedness Month.

Participation events include hands-only CPR, junior firefighter obstacle course, live and simulated fire extinguisher training, first aid and stop the bleed.

Participants may earn some giveaways to help them be prepared.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Christ’s Church at Lowhill having fall festival on Oct. 7

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, invites the community to attend World Communion Sunday 10 a.m. Oct. 1.

Commune together and join millions of Christians around the world in common purpose.

A traditional and uplifting praise music service will be followed by a social in fellowship hall.

The church will have its fall festival community yard sale and car show 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 7. Rain date is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct 8.

Bring cars, trucks and motorcycles to display.

Delicious food and baked goods will be available for purchase.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Christ’s Church at Lowhill collecting cleaning supplies

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, will be kicking off a new weekly Wednesday night Bible study for adults 6 p.m. Sept. 20 with Pastor Chris Cocca.

Examine the types of literature that comprise the Bible.

The church is also having a community yard sale and car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 7. Rain date is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 8.

Bring your car, truck, motorcycle for free to display your special ride.

Food will be available for purchase.

Nine injured in 2-vehicle crash

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Three adults and six children were injured after a 2014 Ford Fusion struck their 2015 Chevrolet Traverse 1:45 p.m. Sept. 4 on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.

According to State Police Troop M Fogelsville, the car driven by Joseph Jeffrey Farese, 21, of Riegelsville, left its lane of travel and side swiped the SUV driven by Camelo Juarez-Pena, 46, of Bayonne, N.J.

The SUV then hit a metal guardrail causing extensive damage.

Police say one occupant in the SUV was partially ejected.

Swastikas painted on buildings, truck at horse rescue

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Alex Castro, 17, recently came out to feed her four horses in the barn when she discovered backward swastikas painted on two of the buildings and her father’s work truck.

The former Parkland High School student, now a PA Cyber School student, told The Press her family has owned the property in North Whitehall about a year and a half.

Castro has no idea who painted the symbols, associated with Nazism, sometime between the evening of Aug. 27 and early morning on Aug. 28.

NWL grad brings Moodonna to life From military to mascot, Michael Koenig serves his country, community

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 2009 Northwestern Lehigh graduate recently hung up his Army uniform to wear a garb of a different role this past week at the 165th Great Allentown Fair.

Michael Koenig of Germansville, who is serving two years in the Army Reserve, portrayed the fair’s mascot, Moodonna.

“Once or twice at previous fairs I have worn the Moodonna mascot costume,” Koenig said. “This is the first time doing it all week.”

Koenig said he, his brother Matt, and cousins Morgan and Taryn, were all a part of the youth group at the fair from age 12 to 18.