Gene Kutzler, of Northampton, recalled his father, Paul, a bugler with Northampton American Legion Drum and Bugle Band, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1953 inauguration parade for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Now, decades later, Kutzler was thrilled to be part of the inauguration celebration for President Donald J. Trump as a pipe major with Celtic United Pipes and Drums, which performed at the Lincoln Memorial last Thursday.
Northampton Exchange Club at the Dec. 7, 2016, Service to Youth program held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center lauded four Northampton Area High School seniors. Elizabeth Horn, Jessica Fantasia, Conlan Keefe and Kyle Serman were awarded for their outstanding academic and scholastic achievements and service to the school and community.
Cited by the club, the recipients were presented Youth of the Month certificates and Lamps of Knowledge plaques.
The presence of state police and digital speed limit signage on Willowbrook Road has slowed down motorists as crews continue to lay pipes for utilities and perform site work for the massive FedEx Ground distribution center in Allen Township.
At its Jan. 12 meeting, Allen Township Board of Supervisors again discussed the importance of speed enforcement in the area. State police continue to issue speeding tickets as a deterrent to motorists traveling through the construction zone, ensuring the safety of the workers on site.
Allen Township’s board of supervisors and its planning commission are taking a look at its comprehensive plan, with a focus on possible changes, to ensure the township is able to cope adequately with matters like utilities, stormwater management, pacts with both the Borough of Northampton and City of Bethlehem and other relevant concerns.
With one joint session in the books, supervisors and planning commission members will meet again Jan. 25 at the township municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road. Open to the public, the meeting will focus on land use.
Northampton Borough is expected to see a major uptick in truck traffic once the FedEx Ground distribution center opens in Allen Township, along with other similar warehouses and distribution centers that may follow.
Taking into account that the borough planning commission has followed council’s request to study and make recommendations for the comprehensive plan, which after two decades needs to be reviewed, borough Planner Victor Rodite related the news to council and the administration via a report at the Jan. 5 council meeting.
With hundreds of miles of streets and alleys to be cleared when snow or ice blankets the roads, Northampton Borough Public Works Department is ready to tackle the task.
The plows are ready at the public works facility on Lerchenmiller Drive. The trucks are full with tanks of fuel, and two sheds are filled to the brim with 600 tons of road salt.
“[Road salt] goes fast,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said.
Allen Township supervisors say they are prepared to adopt legislation that bans vehicle parking, partially or fully, at intersections.
At their Dec. 8, 2016, meeting, supervisors authorized Solicitor B. Lincoln Treadwell to put the finishing touches on such an ordinance and have it advertised to give it legal notice.
The proposed legislation is expected to come before the five supervisors for a vote at a meeting this month.
At the Dec. 14 Northampton Borough Council meeting, council members adopted the 2017 budget — slightly over $6 million — that retains the 10-mill real estate levy.
The budget is no-frills spending plan, according to Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst. This is his first budget submission to borough lawmakers since taking the helm June 1.
Council lauded Brobst for not raising property taxes while maintaining a high caliber of services and programs for all the residents and property owners.
The Borough of Northampton held its annual appreciation dinner meeting Dec. 16 for its employees and volunteers at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
Gerald “Jerry” Deily, retired executive director of Northampton Borough Municipal Authority (NBMA), was awarded the prestigious Gold Cement Bag plaque for his volunteer work on behalf of the community.
Deily was recognized for his fundraising efforts and work on establishing the community center on Lerchenmiller Drive. He then acted as the center’s chairman.
Northampton Exchange Club at the Nov. 9 dinner meeting, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, opened its 2016-17 Service to Youth Program by citing four Northampton Area High School seniors for their accomplishments in September and October.
Recognized as September Girl of the Month was Brandy Moser, and September Boy of the Month was Ryan Rimple.
The October Girl of the Month went to Cassanda Motyka, and October Boy of the Month was Alexander Skrapits.