John “Jack” E. Harhart was accorded the Borough of Northampton’s coveted Golden Cement Bag award in recognition of his decades of service as a volunteer in community programs.
Harhart, 72, was the recipient of the prestigious honor at an annual dinner meeting/banquet, held last month at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
The program, which recognizes persons for their unselfish service to the community, was initiated in 2001 by Northampton Borough Council and has since added the names of individuals to the honor roll annually.
The large crowd that packed Northampton Borough Municipal Building council chambers March 10 was treated to a journey down memory lane, as Northampton Area Historical Society (NAHS) held a photo perspective on the town’s early business community.
Larry Oberly, presenter and NAHS vice president, showed the pictures on a large screen and had the audience provide its own commentary to each of the 60 photographs displayed for the first time.
“To me, history has always been a chronicle of change,” Oberly, a retired educator, said in his opening remarks.
It was all smiles Feb. 23 at Potts’ Doggie Shop, 2428 Cherryville Road, Northampton, when owner Mark Mazziotta presented Hanna Edelman, 13, of Northampton, a $9,000 check as proceeds from the Jan. 14 fundraiser of hot dogs and trimmings to aid Hanna, who is battling leukemia.
Northampton Fire Department and Northampton Fire Police personnel were inducted into the prestigious Hall of Golden Deeds during the Northampton Exchange Club’s annual event, held Oct. 4 at the Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
Golden Deeds awards have been bestowed on individuals and organizations since 1977.
Keith Knoblach, borough fire chief, and Kenneth Hall, fire police captain, accepted the plaques from Wayne Mery, Exchange Club president-elect and master of ceremonies. Knoblach and Hall penned their names and the organizations in the club’s Book of Golden Deeds.
Northampton’s uptown business district was given a major boost when the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce decided to have a Main Street manager come aboard to generate new business in its commercial corridor, while also paying attention to those presently in business.
Tony Pristash, president of the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and a borough councilman, delivered the bold initiative to council, mentioning the person selected for the role will report to both the chamber board and Pristash.
The heavily used Center Street municipal parking lot that serves patrons of businesses and professional offices in Northampton’s uptown district will now be monitored more closely by police following an action passed Nov. 2 by borough council.
“Police Chief Bryan Kadingo and I have discussed the concern of the uptown business owners and recommended posting one row of parking spaces between Lilac Court and the southern end of the Dollar General Store as two-hour parking,” Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told council.
Northampton Exchange Club kicked off its 2017-18 Student of the Month program at the Nov. 1 dinner meeting, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center. Four Northampton Area High School seniors were cited as honorees.
The honorees are Nicole Somers, September Girl of the Month; Chase Clapp, September Boy of the Month; Morgan Mullen, October Girl of the Month; and Austin Frey, October Boy of the Month.
Lyric Commons, an iconic commercial building on Main Street in Northampton’s uptown business district, has been sold for $300,000. The new owner envisions restoring the structure to encourage revitalization in the once-thriving business area.
Dominic Cullen, trading as The Lyric Commons LLC, purchased the property at 2015 Main St. from Carol Simcoe, who has been active in borough civic affairs for years and chaired the borough’s centennial committee.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors introduced the proposed $2.1 million budget for 2018 at its Nov. 9 meeting. This would mark the 13th consecutive year that real estate taxes were not increased. While some changes to the proposed budget may occur before the spending plan is adopted in December, the property tax will be retained at five mills.
The budget notes $1.9 million in revenue and $2.1 million in expenditures, along with a sound starting balance.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 hosted a compelling program Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day at the Main Street and Laubach Avenue post.
A highlight of the evening was when Wassyl Hewko, 94, entered the room via a wheelchair and approached the white cloth-covered POW/MIA table to light a candle. The large audience present gave Hewko a standing ovation, breaking the silence in the room.
Hewko, a U.S. Navy sailor, was one of five brothers who served in World War II. Brothers Alex, Navy; Ben, Navy; John, Navy, and Pete, Marines, are deceased.