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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.

Local resident offers to pay for speed limit signs

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the public comment period at the end of the Nov. 22 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Ed Ziegler reminded supervisors he had asked about speed limit signs with a lower speed between Berlinsville and Walnutport. Supervisors said it was not in this year’s budget and would have to wait until money was available.

At that point, Ziegler asked if the township would install them if he bought the signs.

Supervisors said the township would install them.

The signs cost $174 and will meet state standards. Ziegler said he understands the standards.

Lehigh Twp. officer takes oath

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Officer Peterson Myrthil was sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Robert Hawke preceding the Oct. 25 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

Chief Scott Fogel gave some background about the new officer before the ceremony.

Myrthil was born in Haiti and came to the United States at age 15 with his mother.

He learned English in Haiti.

Myrthil earned an associate degree in biology and later told his mother he was not interested in becoming a doctor. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Lehigh police chief gives board update

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A scruffy Police Chief Scott Fogel attended the Nov. 8 meeting of Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors. He said members of the force chose to not shave as a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Each participating member paid $50 for the privilege. At the end of the month, there will be prizes for the longest, shortest and grayest beard. Fogel said personally he does not like a beard, but it is for a good cause.

Peterson Myrtril, the newest member on the force, has qualified with firearms and is getting field training and fitting in well, Fogel said.

Supervisors get Turkey Hill update; work could begin in early 2017

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township supervisors heard at the Oct. 11 meeting the Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) should be received by the Cherryville developer in early November. Work on the new Turkey Hill could then commence in early 2017.

This HOP was considered phase one, and the township HOP is considered phase 2 for the improvements to the intersection.

A resident reported during that meeting he was in Turkey Hill and was told by an employee the project will not go forward.

Supervisors responded they thought that was unlikely but possible.

Dollar General presents plan

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

At the Sept. 12 meeting of the Lehigh Township Planning Commission, Dollar General presented a sketch plan for a store at Blue Mountain and West Mountain View drives. It was submitted by Capital Growth Development and is in resort commercial and neighborhood commercial zones. The plan was presented by Brian Pardoe.

Dollar General is permitted in the resort commercial zone, but a variance is needed for parking. The building would be divided between 30 percent in the neighborhood commercial zone and 70 percent in the resort commercial zone.