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Pastor uses his crosses to share Christian faith

Thursday, November 28, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Rev. Herbert H. Michel D.D. recently exhibited 100 of his 700 crosses for guests and members of Zion's Union Church, Maxatawny.

Michel, who has been an ordained minister for more than 40 years, began collecting small crosses he could wear on Sundays following his ordination in 1976.

"In the Lutheran tradition, pastors wear crosses on Sunday," he said. "The collection expanded from there to standing, decorative, fine ones, gold and silver, to all matters of crosses."

Orefield man killed while trimming trees

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 42-year-old Orefield man died July 27 while trimming trees in Bethlehem.

Robert Rogers III died due to electrocution, said Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.

His death has been ruled an accident.

Rogers was using a bucket truck when he contacted one of the 12-kilovolt lines near the eastern end of Sand Island at the Minsi Trail Bridge.

Valley emergency crews drill at Dorney Park

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and South Whitehall Township partnered with numerous Lehigh County emergency responders May 13 for a mass casualty emergency prepareness drill.

"This drill is part of Dorney Park and South Whitehall Township's ongoing readiness training and involves a fictional emergency incident at the park," said Bernard Bonuccelli, sales and marketing director for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.

He said the drill was designed to serve as a valuable training tool for both Dorney Park staff and emergency response personnel.

Local companies suing former owner of The Stroh Brewery Company

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Several Lehigh Valley businesses recently filed a civil action in United States District Court alleging the owners of the Stroh Brewery Company failed to pay their share of a Group Operating Agreement signed in August 1995.

According to a civil complaint obtained from the federal courthouse in Allentown, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., LSI Corporation, Mack Trucks, Inc., and PPL Electric Utilities Corporation and 5 other companies allege the company owes $645,000 for the clean up of the Novak Sanitary Landfill Superfund Site, South Whitehall Township.

County honors seniors for their gift of time, talents

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

In honor of Older Americans Month, 15 Lehigh County residents were recognized May 15 at the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services' 13th annual tribute to Unsung Heroes.

This tribute honors older adults in the Valley who have exhibited exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.

Some of the honorees at the tribute included Margaret Teitsworth, a resident of Phoebe Terrace, Allentown, Dean Cunfer of Slatington and Paul Barna of Coplay.

Valley residents chargedin $7 million drug ring

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Nineteen Lehigh Valley residents have been arrested and charged with drug offenses after a 15-month investigation by state narcotics agents.

According to State Attorney General Kathleen Kane, narcotics agents arrested 23 people and broke up a $7 million crystal methamphetamine ring stretching from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley.

Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug trafficking was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended criminal charges be filed.

'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Focus Feature

Players of the Stage to present play April 25-27

The young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing diligently to present the two-act play "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

The story is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.

Set in the 1800s, the play tells the story of 14-year-old Tom Sawyer, who is raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri.

As the play unfolds, Sawyer matches wits with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Becky Thatcher, and goes on adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn.

'The Amateurs'

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Focus Feature

Players of the Stage present play based on 'The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces'

Actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing their version of "The Amateurs" for the past two months.

This three-act play is based on John Kendrick Bangs book, "The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces."

The play tells the story of a group of friends from the 1880s who are amateurs at everything they do, including riding a bicycle.

Matthew Buonanno portrays Robert Yardsley. Stephen Gahman plays Jack Barlow.