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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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.

Looking for a pet: Adopt don’t shop

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Four-legged models take to the runway

Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show in the grove at Neffs Union United Church of Christ May 21 featured rescued cats and dogs in search of “fur-ever” homes from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, Upper Macungie Township.

The Troop includes nine girls, all in fifth grade, who meet regularly at the church, which was happy to offer use of the grove for the show.

The Troop hosted the event for the Bronze Award Project, which requires a minimum of 20 hours of work and execution on a sustainable service project.

Local family helping others with their premature babies

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Lily’s Hope Foundation of Coopersburg, which officially became a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in 2013 is supporting NICU families by way of Packages of Hope.

“We work with each individual family and customize our Packages of Hope to answer their specific needs since they haven’t been able to prepare for their child’s early birth,” Jen Driscoll emailed The Press.

“We offer three different types of Packages of Hope, all containing items the family needs: Hospital Care Package, Transition Home Care Package and a Sibling Care Package.”

Small in size, big on appeal Miniatures at C. Leslie Smith

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ASHLEIGH ALBERT in Local News

At C. Leslie Smith, Shops of Cedar Point, Allentown, this month’s artist on display creates with neither a brush nor a pencil, but with miniatures, creating doll houses and other decorative displays.

Nadenia Butko, 87, of Macungie, first found her love for creating miniatures in 1990 after needing a hobby following the death of her husband.

The couple had moved to the Lehigh Valley from New Jersey the year before.

“I was in an unfamiliar place with few local friends, and creating miniatures became a new hobby for me, even an obsession,” Butko said.

Melanoma survivors celebrated at LVHN

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ASHLEIGH ALBERT in Local News

Lehigh Valley Health Network presented its fifth annual Melanoma Community Forum on May 18 in the Kaysch Family Pavilion at the hospital’s Salisbury Township campus.

The presentation, which drew several dozens of people to the pavilion, celebrated survivor recovery and discussed the changing treatment for the cancer.

The forum was attended by survivors, their families, health-care workers and members of the public.

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.

Retired state police sergeant discusses sovereign citizens

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Robert Bemis recently presented a discussion concerning sovereign citizens at Kutztown University.

Co-sponsored by the Association for Campus events and the Criminal Justice Department, the presentation was aimed at providing information to the criminal justice students but it was also open to the public.

Bemis, a retired Marine, discussed the origins of the sovereign citizens’ movement, ways to recognize their beliefs and suggestions on how to decrease any violence on their part.

Lowhill Township incumbent wins Municipal Primary Election

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Lowhill Township voters had a choice between two Republican candidates in Tuesday’s Municipal Primary Election as no Democrat was listed on the ballot.

According to unofficial results from Lehigh County Voter Registration, incumbent Supervisor Richard Hughes, garnered 61 percent of the vote to Paul Fisher Jr.’s 39 percent of votes cast.

Hughes received an unofficial 127 votes to Fisher’s unofficial 80 votes.

Hughes, who was first elected supervisor in 1982, will return to his seat on the board barring a successful write-in challenge in the November General Election.

Weaving goes well with wine at Weathered Vineyards

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Dana and Richard Woolley of Weathered Vineyard, Weisenberg Township, joined a dozen vineyards in the Lehigh Valley area in 2013.

Richard serves as the vintner, but his previous job as a meteorologist took them to New York, Nevada and California where they investigated the wine industry, as it was Richard’s hobby for many years.

Debbi Zvanut teaches weaving baskets a year ago as part of Wine and Weaving Night at the vineyard.

There are also other crafts and a great deal of interest has been shown in the events.

Some nights there are more than 20 attendees.