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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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.

No tax increase in proposed county budget

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County residents received mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he presented his proposed budget with no tax increase for 2018.

Muller presented his fiscal plan at the county-owned Cedarbrook nursing home, South Whitehall.

A small crowd comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and numerous residents of the nursing home attended the news conference.

This is the fourth consecutive year the current administration has delivered a proposed budget with no tax increase, according to Muller.

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.

Stunning sculptures depict artist’s emotion, passion

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

C. Leslie Smith at the Shops of Cedar Point, Allentown, recently honored Robin Kostolsky of Cetronia as its artist of the month.

Kostolsky’s sculptures were on display for viewing and for sale in the store during July.

A “Meet the Artist” reception was held July 28 for friends and family to enjoy refreshments and view Kostolsky’s art.

The Press spoke to Kostolsky about her passion for art that started more than 40 years ago.

“I studied art in high school,” she explained.

BREAKING NEWS: Crime Stoppers reward offered for information on missing man

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by The Press in Local News

BREAKING NEWS: Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $2,000 for information regarding the disappearance of Ryan Jan Kemp.

Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate the September 1981 disappearance of Slatington, native, Ryan Jan Kemp. Kemp, who was renting a home in Germansville at the time of his disappearance.

He was last seen Sept. 15, 1981, at the former King’s IGA supermarket, now Weis market, Route 873, Schnecksville.

Fair queen, Moodonna invite little ‘princesses’ to join them in mini-parade

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Newly crowned Allentown Fair Queen Zaren Kerper and the fair’s “moovelous” mascot Moodonna are calling on young “princesses” to join them Sept. 2 in a mini-parade to a destination offering treats and activities at the fair.

To participate, youngsters ages 2 to 7 are invited to wear their favorite princess character costume or fancy dress to the fair that day.

Witness performs at Lighthouse Baptist Church

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jack Bartholomew of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, welcomed members and guests to a special gospel concert on Aug. 27.

“I know you’ll enjoy this. No matter how we treat them they keep coming back,” Bartholomew said. “There will be cookies and coffee during intermission.”

“A love offering will be accepted to help the ‘Witness’ group along. They show their love for you through their music.”

Neal Hartranft, keyboardist, kept the audience entranced before the program.