Prizes for the Patriot's Pen essay contest sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the R. W. Fritzinger Post 7215 Veterans of Foreign Wars were presented on March 22 at the Walnutport VFW post home.
Karen Bandzi welcomed guests and parents of the students receiving the awards. Of the 137 entries, the top 10 received a citation, a Kmart gift card and Patriot's Pen backpacks. All students were from the Northampton Area School District.
The theme for the essays was "What Patriotism Means to Me."
A meeting was held April 2 at the Lehigh Township Fire Company for two purposes: to determine ways to help the fire company financially and to tell the public about the company.
"On behalf of the Lehigh Township Fire Company I'm glad you came out. The purpose is the financial needs of the fire company," said Darryl Snover, chairman of the Lehigh Township supervisors.
Lehigh Township Administrator Alice Rehrig received cost estimates for a new maintenance building from Kistler Pole Building.
She told LehighTownship supervisors at the March 25 meeting that the cost would run roughly $100 per square foot.
The buildings that have been discussed would range from 16,000 to 22,000 square feet. Supervisor Keith Hantz said the township should begin drawing up plans.
Supervisor Sandra Hopkins said discussions have taken place. She said a portion could be completed and additions would not be very difficult.
Marc Grammes of Washington Township kicked off his campaign for state representative in the 183rd Legislative District during a press conference March 22 at the Slatington Trailhead.
The district covers Slatington Borough and parts of Whitehall, Washington and South Whitehall townships in Lehigh County.
In Northampton County, the 183rd includes North Catasauqua, Walnutport, Northampton, Lehigh Township, Allen Township and parts of Moore Township.
Julie Harhart, a Republican, is the incumbent in the district.
Keith Hantz provided an update on the township recreation resolution at the March 25 Lehigh Township supervisors meeting.
He said he has spoken to members of the Lehigh Township Athletic Association and the recreation commission regarding use of lights.
Hantz said he believes the billing cycle should run from April to July and $65 should be charged to the team.
He said the recreation commission asked if the township was attempting to stop teams from using the lights.
Supervisor Darryl Snover said the purpose is to ensure the teams playing pay the cost.
District Attorney John Morganelli attended the March 11 Lehigh Township supervisors meeting to present a check for $3,176 to the police department.
"The money was seized by my office," Morganelli said. "The money will go for two assistant district attorneys, police departments and drug education programs. A total of $10,000 was seized."
Matt Engstrom, Lehigh Township detective, received recognition for participating in the investigation.
Administrator Alice Rehrig told Lehigh Township supervisors at the Feb. 25 meeting questions surrounding the BMX trail at Indian Trail Park have been answered by H.A. Thompson Insurance.
Rehrig was informed while the liability premium will not increase, liability exposure will.
Supervisor Darryl Snover said the BMX track is an existing entity.
Engineer Phil Malitsch has announced there will be a public meeting of municipal officials and the Department of Environmental Protection Feb. 25 at the Northampton Community College to discuss the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. The company for whom he works, Hanover Engineering, will be attending and the supervisors, administrator and roadmaster were invited.
Lehigh Township supervisors have considered several methods of helping the Lehigh Township Fire Company meet its financial requirements. A letter discussed at the Jan. 14 meeting will be included in the next newsletter, supervisors said at the Jan. 28 meeting.
"We just want residents' opinions," Supervisor Keith Hantz said. Two weeks after the newsletter comes out there will be a public meeting at the firehouse to gather input.
Cindy Miller, Lehigh Township supervisor, participated in the Jan. 6 reorganization meeting via a conference call. The other four supervisors were present.
Darryl Snover was named chairman of the board with Sandy Hopkins named vice chairwoman.
Alice Rehrig was named secretary-treasurer and township manager. As treasurer, she was granted authorization to open any accounts necessary by ordinances. The approved depositories are Susquehanna Bank and the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust.