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Monday, December 11, 2017

Players of the Stage present ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, will present the one-act play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at Living Hope Presbyterian Church, 330 Schantz Road, Lower Macungie Township.

This play, based on Barbara Robinson’s work of the same name, tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after being told there would be snacks served.

Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play.

There are two casts for the show.

Whitehall man alerts police to Berks road rage incident

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An 18-year-old Orefield man has been charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats after he was allegedly involved in a road rage incident 7:52 p.m. July 29 on I-78 East, Greenwich Township, Berks County.

Pennsylvania State Police Troop L, Hamburg, said troopers were dispatched to the area after a 67-year-old Whitehall man reported a passenger in another vehicle, later identified as Frank John Clark V, allegedly showed a handgun during the incident.

Players of the Stage to present ‘Quality Street’

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Christian theater group Players of the Stage has been rehearsing diligently for the past three months to present the play “Quality Street” April 20-22.

This four-act comedy, based on a 1901 play written by J.M. Barrie and set in the early 1800s, tells the story of Phoebe Throssel, who falls in love with Dr. Valentine Brown.

She believes he will propose to her but instead learns he is going off to serve in the Napoleonic Wars.

For the next 10 years, Phoebe and her sister Susan operate a school for genteel children.

Allentown man charged in Fullerton, area bank robberies

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An Allentown man charged with robbing banks in Whitehall, Allentown, Emmaus and Upper Macungie Township allegedly had an accomplice in two of the four robberies.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said Anthony Eugene Tillman, 46, no street address given, was taken into custody Dec. 16 by Allentown police and charged with four counts of robbery, a felony of the first degree.

‘Peter Pan’ flies to the aid of rescue mission

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Members of the Christian theater group Players of the Stage have been rehearsing since August to present their version of “Peter Pan.” The story of the forever-young boy will be performed this weekend at Living Hope Presbyterian Church, Lower Macungie Township.

The play tells the story of Peter Pan, a free spirit who refuses to grow up, and Wendy Darling from London.

Peter Pan flies Wendy to Neverland to be the mother of his gang, the Lost Boys.

Red Cross delivers cards to veterans, military members

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The American Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter hosted a Holiday Mail for Heroes card-sorting party recently at its headquarters in Cetronia.

Holiday Mail for Heroes is an annual campaign in which the Red Cross provides the community with the opportunity to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer to military members, veterans and their families.

Peter Brown, executive director of the American Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter, spoke with The Press at the party.

Officers to soon carry opioid reversal antidotes

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin recently announced that police officers throughout Lehigh County and detectives in various task forces will soon be using the opioid reversal antidote, Naloxone, in overdose cases.

“Currently, opiate overdose is the leading cause of accidental deaths in Lehigh County,” Martin said.

He said, in 2015, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said he has investigated 103 drug deaths, of which 35 were heroin or synthetic drug related.

Rotary Club awards scholarships to eight Lehigh Valley students

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

The Allentown-West Rotary awarded $1,000 scholarships to several area students during a ceremony May 20 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

Students receiving the scholarships included Joanna Suriel and Victoria "Tori" Dikeman from LCCC, Samantha Diaz and Kaitlyn Montgomery from Catasauqua High School and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Kristen Post and Jaedon Muhl from Northwestern Lehigh High School and Kristen Tauber and Bryan Sobczak from Parkland High School.

Schmoyer awarded medal for patriotism

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Carl F. Schmoyer III of Breinigsville was honored at the 118th annual conference of the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Fogelsville.

Schmoyer, who almost 12 years ago with his family initiated a massive Fourth of July fireworks display for Lehigh Valley residents in Breinigsville Park, was presented the Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal for Patriotism award by Pennsylvania State Regent Roberta (Bobbi) McMullen.

Zion's UCC salutes Honorary First Defenders

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Allentown chapter of the Honorary First Defenders was recently honored during a commemorative service at Zion's "Liberty Bell" United Church of Christ, Allentown.

The service, featuring choral music from the popular musical "Shenandoah" and the Civil War re-enactors' color guard from the 96th Pennsylvania Regiment, was based on the soldiers' prayer books from the Civil War.

Terry Lee, photographer for the Honorary First Defenders, spoke with The Press at the service.