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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Work on maintenance building discussed

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors was asked what was happening with the maintenance building project at a previous meeting. Supervisor Darryl Snover said the process goes slowly because they are caring for the budgetary impact. There is no final cost, but there is $725,000 in a building fund. Snover said they would like to complete the project fully funded.

Seniors attend expo

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A senior expo was held at Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville, Sept. 15. State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, sponsored the expo to show what local companies and agencies have available to help them. Eighty vendors participated.

Mako said he was glad to see people come out. He stood at the door and shook hands with all attendees, asking if they had any special concerns he might be able to help them with.

The most frequently mentioned concern was the property tax situation.

Good Shepherd offers adaptive fishing clinic at Leaser Lake

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Susan Bates and Katie Pidstrawski enlisted a group of 17 people to attend a recent adaptive fishing clinic at Leaser Lake, Lynn Township.

The two, recreational therapists at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, were to review basic fishing skills and have demonstrations of special equipment.

The program was designed to help people overcome disabilities and injuries and to once again be able to fish.

Helping were volunteers, Good Shepherd, Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and members of various sporting clubs.

Fireworks amendment approved for Lehigh Twp.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

At the Aug. 8 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Solicitor David Backenstoe said the amendment to the fireworks ordinance discussed in July has been tightened up with care taken to keep it from being unfair to users.

The ordinance now states a state-licensed operator must be on hand and have the paperwork in his possession. The cutoff will be 10 p.m., except for approved special events and national holidays. A $1 million bond is required, a stipulation in the original ordinance.

Historical society holds picnic

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Ruth Kent, treasurer of Lehigh Township Historical Society, said the reason for the group’s recent picnic was to have members attend and hear about a change to the articles of incorporation. It was held in an Indian Trail Park pavilion.

Kent said things are not being done in the manner in which the articles were designed. The society has been driven by a board of directors.

Fireworks discussed at Lehigh supervisors meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Fireworks were the topic of discussion during the July 25 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

Some areas have a lot of fireworks that are going late into the night, and they need to be regulated, the board said. Hours should be till 10 p.m., except on national holidays. The permit application should have the operator’s name — meaning a competent operator, according to the state.

Lehigh Township police receive commendations

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township Police Chief Scott Fogel presented department commendations to several of his officers at the June 13 supervisors meeting. He said it is his favorite thing about his job.

The commendations go to those officers who have demonstrated their skill and dedication during a specific incident, Fogel said.

In April, Officer Peterson Myrthil showed exemplary community relations skill and effort. He is the newest full-time officer and has displayed an acute ability to relate to the community, Fogel said.

Lehigh board grants solar installation

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Before the May 23 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting began, a conditional use hearing was held for Solar City on behalf of 725 Walnut Drive. The owner is Geraldine McCutcheon. Michele Shellborn represented Solar City.

A solar installation for 18 kilowatts can be installed by permit, but Solar City wants 32.8 kilowatts. The request was denied by the planning commission, so the supervisors were hearing the appeal.

Lehigh supervisors discuss timing of maintenance building

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township supervisors are protecting taxpayer money by taking time with the maintenance building, Supervisor Darryl Snover said at the May 9 meeting.

“All big buildings need a long time. It’s taxpayer money if we rush and do something wrong,” he said.

Turkey Hill at Cherryville has a highway occupancy permit, and now a final plan is needed. There are two driveways on Route 248 and one on Blue Mountain Drive that can be worked on as part of phase 1.

Northampton man takes first in nature center photo contest

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The photography contest held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center for the fourth year was the largest ever. One hundred fifty-two photographs were submitted, and 90 were chosen for exhibit.

Submission categories were Insects and Amphibians, Macro of Nature, Your Backyard within Walking Distance and Youth.

The jurors were Phil Campbell, Paul Laincz, Josh Finsel and Anita Collins.

Jim Figlar, of Northampton, took first place in the Insects and Amphibians category, with his photograph titled “Inchworm.” His photo shows an inchworm on the lower beak of a Golden-Winged Warbler.