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Giant Food Stores begins deploying robots

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Following successful pilots that improved in-store efficiencies and freed employees up to better serve customers, Giant Food Stores announced recently the introduction of a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores.

“Marty,” a tall gray robot with googly eyes, will soon be working alongside associates, thanks to a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA services company Retail Business Services, Giant and Jabil subsidiary Badger TechnologiesTM.

Players of the Stage to perform ‘Oliver Twist’

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, will present “Oliver Twist” Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at Living Hope Presbyterian Church, Lower Macungie Township.

The play, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, was adapted by Joellen Bland.

Oliver Twist, born in a parish workhouse, spends the first nine years of his life in the care of Mrs. Mann before Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, puts him to work picking and weaving oakum.

Manito students compete in first therapeutic riders division horse show

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Four student riders of Manito Life Center, 2160 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall, attended their first Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show recently at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Malvern.

The four riders were: Richard Klingensmith, of Center Valley; Sara Miller, of Coopersburg; Victoria Bilyk-Sequine, of Fountain Hill and Mackenzie Eisenhart, of Emmaus.

The show team took home four first-place and second-place awards; and two third-place and sixth-place awards, Lisa Schadt president of Manito, said.

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

Monday, December 4, 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” 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9.

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.

The play is directed by Lindsay Swavely. John McClure is the assistant director.

Players of the Stage to present ‘Quality Street’

Thursday, April 20, 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 through 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 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.

The Neffs National Bank donates funds to area educational foundations

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Neffs National Bank presented checks in the amount of $25,000 each to the Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation, the Northwestern Lehigh and Parkland school district education foundations and the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus.

“The donations were made in part through the bank’s participation in the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program,” Kevin Schmidt, president and chief executive officer of The Neffs National Bank said at the Feb. 14 presentation.

Allentown man charged with four bank robberies

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An Allentown man charged with robbing banks in Upper Macungie Township, Emmaus, Allentown and Whitehall 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.

Girl Scout alumnae celebrate 100th anniversary of Gold Award

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

For 104 years, Girl Scouting has fulfilled the mission of building courage, confidence and character in young girls.

Alumnae of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA Lehigh Chapter gathered recently at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award at First Presbyterian Church, South Whitehall Township.

During the celebration, a brief history of the Gold Award was presented by Bonnie Young and Ann Donley.

Fire department’s K-9, Judge, seeks your vote

Friday, August 5, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in News Briefs

Allentown Fire Department’s K-9 Judge is a finalist in the 2016 American Hero Dog contest.

Judge has already been designated as Hero Dog in the arson category.

He is now vying with seven other dogs for top honors from the American Humane Association.

Voting is open through Aug. 24 at to determine the winner.

The 2016 American Hero Dog grand prize winner will be announced Sept. 10 at an awards gala in Los Angeles.

Judge, a yellow Labrador retriever, joined the department in 2011.

Fire Chief Lee Laubach is Judge’s handler.