Every year, the U.S. Navy celebrates the Battle of Midway, an air and sea battle in the World War II Pacific Theater that changed the tide of battle.
One of the last known survivors of the battle is Hank Kudzik, an Allen Township resident and a submariner aboard the USS Nautilus during the battle.
Celebrations of this significant battle are enjoyed around the country June 4, and Kudzik gets a free ride to celebrations in Washington, D.C., as the Navy’s honored guest.
Kudzik is now 94 and joined the Navy when he was 17.
Keystone Cement Company agreed to meet with East Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors Dec. 18. The meeting’s intent is to clarify the company’s plans for its operations.
The company was recently purchased by Giant Cement Company and applied for a Department of Environmental Protection permit to continue local operations. Both areas were concerns for local residents.
Developer David Jaindl, at the Nov. 13 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, asked for time to address his approved development along Seemsville Road.
A concern voiced by both East Allen and Allen townships is the expected increase in traffic along Route 329. The highway is already busy. Although the Kopper Penny intersection has been improved, the concern about traffic congestion still exists.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors Nov. 13 meeting, township Manager Brent Green announced Keystone Cement Company representatives would appear before the board Dec. 18 to discuss its permit for expansion of the facility.
Keystone Cement has met with several residents individually, but the state Department of Environmental Protection, the board of supervisors and some residents asked for clarification on the provisions of the expansion permit. The DEP and the board have indicated they are against the expansion.
At its meeting Oct. 24, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors opened bids for demolishing the former state mental health facility on Weaversville Road. Penmar Services’ winning bid, $133,350, was well under the projected cost. There were nine bidders and several alternate configurations.
Based on the final bid amount, township Manager Brent Green asked that the township be allowed to expand the scope of the project to include the options. The options will allow the township to include removing the storage tank and clearing the athletic facilities.
Paul and Kim Koehler hosted a celebration Oct. 16 for their collision center, Koehler Brothers Collision Repair Center, in Allen Township.
“Our regular customers know where we are, but new people have a tough time. You can find us on GPS, but spelling the name of the street is tough,” Paul Koehler said of the 172 Lappawinzo Road address.
Paul and Charles Koehler opened the center in 1969. Paul (Jr.) started working in the shop in 1984 and purchased the business in 1996.
Linda Kortz, president of the Governor Wolf Historical Society, opened the society’s doors at 6600 Jacksonville Road to former students of the East Allen Township School District during an Oct. 27 reunion event.
Governor Wolf’s legacy is his dedication to educating children in the area. He was responsible for jump-starting public education for children in Pennsylvania.
Longevity Coatings, a long-term employer in East Allen Township, and its owner, Mark Purington, came to the Aug. 14 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors workshop meeting asking for relief on expansion plans.
The company is growing, thanks to the techniques pioneered by Purington. The request for expansion was met by more than a few roadblocks. The owner wanted relief from a requirement to provide a costly land development plan for the expansion.
One major item requires a variance for impervious coverage.
On the second Friday of the month, the Governor Wolf Historical Society has a BYOB tavern night at the school room on the society’s campus, 6600 Jacksonville Road in East Allen Township.
“This was the site of the first public education site in the state,” said Linda Kortz, who heads up the association. “Governor Wolf was elected governor because he and President Thomas Jefferson agreed that the country needed an educated citizenry.”
At the Oct. 11 session, Rollin’ and Tumblin’ played some hits. The band has been together for 30 years, so it has some memorable tunes.
Keystone Realty Advisors LLC, acting on behalf of Northampton Area School District, appeared before Northampton County Tax Appeals Board Sept. 25 to challenge assessments of 52 properties.
NASD Board of Education approved resolutions July 15 that may increase tax revenue for the district and help clear the road for a major proposed warehouse in the district.