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Monday, August 21, 2017

Butterflies released at Luther Crest in memory of friends, loved ones

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Luther Crest retirement community staff and residents recently had their first butterfly release ceremony July 9 in memory of residents, friends and loved ones who recently died.

Jen Laury, community life director of Luther Crest, said they purchased 50 butterflies from Folk’s Butterfly Farm, Nescopeck, Luzerne County, for the ceremony.

“We do fundraising for our benevolent care endowment fund and I was looking for something a little different and thought this would be kind of cool,” Laury said.

Police honored for DUI, traffic enforcement

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Several Lehigh Valley law enforcement officers were honored June 29 for their efforts to make area roads and highways safer for drivers and passengers in the region.

Recognition awards were given by the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force to the officers from cities, boroughs and townships in the Lehigh Valley, as well as troopers from the Bethlehem and Belfast barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Ontelaunee Park welcomes car and bike enthusiasts

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sue Giralico of the Lynn Township Recreation Committee said the July 9 car show at Ontelaunee Park was the largest of the previous eight shows by six cars.

There were 146 registered entries compared to the previous high of 140.

“People are enjoying themselves and it is a beautiful day,” Giralico said.

Jason “Slim” Szerencits of Catasauqua brought his 1971 FLH Harley Shovelhead bike, which he calls “an eye catcher, a lot of fun,” to share with others.

He said the motorcycle is 95 percent original. Although repainted, it is the same color as when it was new.

PennDOT to phase in new licenses, ID cards

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver’s license and identification card products.

Driver and photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October.

The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. They will be available at the customer’s option in 2019.

Features include larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait, 2D bar code, with data from the front of the card unique to the card holder, laser perforation and lamination.

Canines to have new home at Breinigsville sanctuary

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Animal advocate Liz Jones and the volunteers with The Sanctuary at Haafsville are realizing their dream of building a safe haven for lost, abused and homeless dogs.

The Sanctuary at Haafsville, 901 Nestle Way, Breinigsville, recently had a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Mutt Hut, which will provide quality housing for dogs.

“Katie Terach and her family have made this possible,” Jones said. “They donated the land to build on.”

Incentives discussed for aiding volunteers

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Four Northwestern fire companies recently met to discuss the state’s Act 172 of 2016 regarding incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.

The act allows municipalities to enact a tax credit against an active volunteer’s tax liability as a financial incentive to encourage individuals to volunteer or for former volunteers to consider rejoining as active volunteers.

Heidelberg Township supervisors reviewed the issue during their June 15 meeting.

BREAKING NEWS: Thomas More Society cites First Amendment violation in lawsuit against the Parkland School District

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to information received from a Chicago public relations firm on July 11, the Thomas More Society has filed a lawsuit against the Parkland School District regarding the administration’s decision on a proposed pro-life club.

Tom Ciesielka of TC Public Relations emailed The Press the following statement:

“Today, attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Parkland High School and Parkland School District on behalf of students Elizabeth Castro and Grace Schairer.

Former Albany Elementary Township is sold

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by TOM KERR in Local News

Kempton New Church Home to convert school to senior apartments

The former Albany Township Elementary School, Kempton, faced an uncertain future when it was sold at public auction in 2015, but a new life for the property is on the horizon.

The original school building was constructed in 1958, and students and teachers from local one-room schoolhouses were moved to the new school.

Substantially modified in the late 1980s and again in 2000, the building was mothballed by the Kutztown Area School District in 2013 due to changing student demographics.