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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.

Patriot’s Pen winners honored by VFW

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

On March 4, R.W. Fritzinger Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7215, Walnutport, held a banquet and awards ceremony for the five top winners from both Northampton Area School District and Northern Lehigh School District. There also was one Voice of Democracy winner from Northampton.

The programs are held by the auxiliary.

During the invocation, Chaplain Sue Bortz asked God to always be their traveling companion.

Tom Brown, state VFW commander, said the day was a day for young people.

Lehigh Twp. names new supervisor, police officer

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township supervisors began their Feb. 14 meeting early so they could choose a replacement for Rick Hildebrand, who resigned in January. The person chosen was Blaine Holden.

Also new is police officer Elias Batihk, who was sworn in during the meeting by District Justice Robert Hawke. Police Chief Scott Fogel said this was his favorite part of the job.

Batihk was accompanied by his extended family. An Allentown resident, he received an associate degree in applied science before entering the police academy.

Lehigh Twp. planners discuss progress of Walmart project

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township Planning Commission met Dec. 12 to discuss updates on the Walmart project, planned for Route 145.

The supercenter store will abut the Hills of Greenock, and most of the people attending the meeting were residents of that development.

Sean Delaney, council for Walmart, reported there was little to update the planning commission about since there have already been multiple iterations.