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Monday, March 18, 2019

Grundsau Lodsch 16 members celebrate the groundhog

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

When Jahde and his nephew Lee traveled via raft down the Jordan Creek on Feb. 2, the senior groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter.

With the 6-8 inches of snow that fell in the Lehigh Valley from the afternoon of March 3 into the next morning, Jahde may just have been right with his prognostication.

Jahde, the Grundsau 16 groundhog mascot, however, did not give away any addition weather secrets at the annual gathering to honor his celebrity.

Penn State Extension, L.C. Farm Bureau offering safety course

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Agriculture has the dubious distinction of being one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States.

With training, common sense and safety knowledge, that distinction can be changed.

Due to exposure to potential harm, farmers and others working in agriculture, need to be aware of, promote and practice safety measures on a year-round basis.

Penn State Extension and Lehigh County Farm Bureau are teaming up to host the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Training Program for participants ages 8 to adult from March 26 through April 27.

Lynn board gives conditional approval to Madison Village mobile home plan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

The Madison Village mobile home plan was presented to Lynn Township supervisors for review during their Feb. 14 meeting.

The developer was seeking conditional final plan approval.

Supervisor Steve Feinour was again worried about the sewer situation.

Madison Village has 24 Equivalent Dwelling Units and there are another 24 available.

A total of 66 would be needed for the project.

Feinour stated Madison Village might not be able to acquire all the 24 available because other developers need some.

SangriaFest coming to Grange Park

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie Township, South Italy Imports and ArtsQuest are partnering to take SteelStacks’ popular SangriaFest on the road when SangriaFest Upper Macungie makes its debut June 8 at the township’s Grange Park, 360 Grange Road.

Attendees can sample 10 different sangrias all made with light and refreshing wines imported by South Italy Imports from family-owned vineyards in Italy.

Lynnport Fire Co. inaugurates new bingo machine

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by DARRYL SCHAFER in Local News

Some 150 individuals, seeking to win big at a March 10 gift card bingo, were also lucky enough to inaugurate the Lynnport Fire Company’s new bingo machine.

Gift cards ranging in value from $50 to over $200 were the prizes players were seeking to take home.

Fire company President Darryl Schafer called all the games.

For questions concerning future Lynnport Fire Company bingo games, go to

Ordinance to target gun ranges

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors will advertise an ordinance amending provisions regarding target ranges and the regulation of group homes, small and large, which will be by special exception.

Resident Kevin Gombart asked, at the board’s March 5 meeting, if there were to be regulations on the target range.

Supervisor Chairman Josh Friebolin said a 75-yard distance from roads or structures will be required.

Zoning Officer Todd Weidman said a backstop will be required at the ranges.

Consortium offering cooperative police testing

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Police Testing Consortium and eight area agencies have entered into an agreement to conduct a cooperative testing process for the position of police officer.

The written exam will take place April 6. The physical agility test will be offered April 20.

Participating agencies include: police departments in the Boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay, Coopersburg and Emmaus; and the townships of South Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Upper Saucon and Whitehall.

REAL IDs now available for Pennsylvania residents

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Upgrading to REAL ID-compliant license or ID card is optional

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced optional REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards are now available for Pennsylvania residents who want one.

A federally-accepted form of identification, such as a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport or Passport Card, a military ID, etc., must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door on and after Oct. 1, 2020.

All aboard!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Agri-Plex is local stop on the ‘Train Meet Express’

The Allentown Train Meet Association recently celebrated its 40th year at the Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex.

Hundreds of tables were filled with a large variety of model trains with the iconic Lionel brand the most prevalent.

Prices ranged from just a few dollars for small parts up to the thousand dollar range for highly collectible and desirable train engines.

ATMA members set up a large train display in the complex, much to the delight of children and adults alike.