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Phoebe volunteer celebrates century of laughs

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

What began as a typical Christmas party for volunteers quickly turned into a roast and birthday party for one volunteer Dec. 8 at Phoebe Home, Allentown.

Alyce Tokus, a 25-year volunteer with the nursing home turned 100 on Dec. 6.

"I was raised in Radnor," Tokus said. "At the time, it was full of large estates.

"In fact, the estate opposite the house I lived in was owned by a member of the Campbell soup family and is now Cabrini College."

Jimmy Stewart question socks it to 'Millionaire' contestant

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by SUSAN BRYANT in Focus Feature

Bethlehem resident Andy Smith wins $20,500 on game show

Muhlenberg College graduate Andy Smith was recently a contestant on the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Smith, a Realtor with Keller Williams Real Estate, Bethlehem, spoke about his experience on the show which aired on March 10.

"I decided to audition after my high school friend, Vance Farrell, of Allentown called me the day before the auditions at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem and said, 'You are smart. You should try out.'" Smith explained. "So, I showed up at the auditions Oct. 8, 2013, and took a timed test filling out my answers on a Scantron sheet."

Pawlowski begins campaign for the Pa. governor's office

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

As the sounds of progress hummed in the background and construction tradesmen work to build the new PPL Center hockey arena and convention center, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially announced Sept. 9 he is running for governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.

Pawlowski, who first announced his decision Sunday on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, said this was not a decision he arrived at lightly.

Injured war vet takes life of future mother-in-law, himself

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

A 44-year-old woman and her 27-year-old future son-in-law are dead following what police are calling a murder-suicide at a home in Moore Township.

Moore Township Deputy Police Chief James Cavallo told The Press July 31 officers entered 3001 Delps Road to find Michelle Snyder, formerly of New Tripoli, and Robert Kislow III in the same area of the home.

Around 11:40 p.m. July 29, Cavallo said, police received a 911 call from a man reporting a verbal disturbance in the home.

Five locals among 19 arrested in drug ring

Thursday, May 2, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Five local residents were among 23 people arrested and charged with drug offenses after a 15-month investigation by state narcotics agents.

Michael Gaspar, 37, of Bath; Mark Balas, 38, of Whitehall; Michael Lehrman, 45, of Danielsville; Shane Wechsler, 38, of Walnutport; and Steven Keeler, 37, of Walnutport, are among those arrested, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Narcotics agents broke up a $7 million crystal methamphetamine ring stretching from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley, said Kane's office.

'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.

Players present 'Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Opinion

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a one-act show, is being presented by local Christian theater group, Players of the Stage.

Based on Barbara Robinson's work of the same name, the play tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after being told there will be snacks served. Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday School's Christmas play.

Laurel Strickland portrays Beth Bradley. Natalie Sampsell plays Grace Bradley.

'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.

Farm bureau honors Congressman Dent

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was recently honored with The Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for consistently voting in favor of the farming community.

"The award recognizes those members of congress who support policies that help farmers obtain profitability with less regulatory interference and increase demand for U.S. products through new uses and enhanced trade opportunities," said Arland Schantz, governmental relations director for the Lehigh County Farm Bureau.

Opinion: Protect yourself from identity theft

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Opinion

Berks-Lehigh Regional Police recently issued a Community Message via Nixle that an individual was going door to door asking questions of homeowners regarding the Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh school districts.

In this case, the man turned out to be a legitimate salesman.

I recently experienced something similar, except the man at my door was asking to see my electric bill.

According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly, identity fraud is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting some 9 million Americans every year.