The United States Department of Fish & Wildlife Service recently informed the Borough of Northampton it does not intend to take action on the Atlas Dam in the borough because of the presence of bog turtles.
The government agency responded to a letter sent by Assistant to the Manager Lerroy Brobst and forwarded to Councilman Ed Pany.
The Borough of Northampton is concerned with the impact the destruction of the Atlas Dam will have on box turtles in the area.
According to the Pennsylvania Herp Identification, the eastern box turtle is listed as a species of special concern. This means although the species is not yet considered endangered or threatened, it is uncommon or it has unique or highly specific habitat requirements.
Surrounded by woodland, the dam and creek are located on privately owned land.
The Allen Township Board of Supervisors has officially paved the way for the FedEx Ground distribution center.
The supervisors approved the $335 million project on Willowbrook Road at the Aug. 14 meeting.
Supervisors Paul Balliet, Larry Oberly and Al Pierce voted in support of the first phase of the project. Voting in opposition was Supervisor Dale Hassler. Supervisor Bruce Frack was absent.
Before the vote, Hassler asked a representative of Rockefeller Group, the developer, if the company was willing to install sidewalks off Willowbrook Road.
As the Northampton Borough swimming pool closes its doors for the season this weekend planning continues for another program that has developed its own tradition of sorts.
The borough's swimming pool will be open for its final day Aug. 16. Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said the pool season depends each summer on the availability of lifeguards. Most of the lifeguards will be returning to college campuses soon.
Good Shepherd Elementary School, Northampton, is opening its doors on Newport Avenue to students on Monday, Aug. 25, for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
Principal Irene Quigley, who served in a similar role at Christ the King, said enrollment in kindergarten through eighth grade currently stands at 270 children. The number swells to 310 when taking into account preschool children, some of whom attend for full days and others who attend for half days.
St. Elizabeth Regional School, Whitehall, will open its doors for the 2014-15 school year Aug. 25.
Sister Bonita continues to head the parochial elementary school as principal.
The enrollment for the coming school year is 176 children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The student enrollment has been consistent over the past few years. The enrollment numbers could increase as opening day for the school approaches.
While religion is at the core of the educational program, the school has upgraded computers and its technology lab, which is now state-of-the-art.
The Allen Township Supervisors may render their decision tonight on whether to allow FedEx Ground to build a 1.2-million square foot package distribution center off Willowbrook Road.
The potential distribution site has been an ongoing concern of area residents who have objected to the potential for noise and increased traffic.
The Coplay Public Library will host Fun Fest at the library Saturday, Aug. 9.
The event, scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m., features food, games face painting and yard sale and craft tables. The Abracadabra Magic Show is set for noon.
Children who participated in the summer reading program will receive their reading certificate plus a free hot dog.
Any child with a Coplay library card will receive a free snow cone.
The love of Northampton Area High School football was alive July 26 during the Konkrete Kids Football Alumni Reunion held at Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, Northampton.
Players shared stories of their practices, rivals faced on the field, teachers, principals and the lifetime friendships formed while playing for the school.
Men in the their early 60s to 80s recalled their days wearing the orange and black uniform and the undeafeted "wonder teams" of the 1930s.
"The tradition will continue, " Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik told the men.
Rose Correll is the new president of the Northampton Exchange Club, succeeding John McKenzie who held the position for the 2013-14 term.
Stanley Garrison, Exchange Club's District 5 director, installed the new officers at a program held recently at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
In addition to Correll, the slate of officers seated include Robin Lutz, recording secretary; Gary Stoudt, treasurer; Linda McKenzie, financial secretary; and Linda McKenzie, chaplain.