John Dorn, of Debbie Road, led a group of unhappy residents in the Drexel Heights area off Weaversville Road at the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 26.
The complaints included the placement of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation detour signs, unauthorized truck traffic and noise. Chairman Larry Oberly responded to the detour signs.
“PennDOT has a code to follow in placing the signs, and we have little to do with it,” he said.
Elizabeth Gehring, a lively centenarian, celebrated her milestone event with 200 of her friends at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12.
Elizabeth first came to everyone’s attention when her Wolf School fifth-grade class, now in their 70s, sought her out. They have semi-annual meetings to relive old adventures from their days at the former Bath school.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 28, St. Luke’s representatives asked for and received an extension on an existing permit for the urgent care facility on Route 512. The facility has requested several extensions as it works with landscaping problems associated with its stormwater containment plan.
According to township Engineer James Milot, progress is being made with the plantings to ensure the prescribed level of water detention is being met.
David Jaindl and his staff came to the Allen Township Planning Commission meeting June 18 with plan revisions for the Seemsville Road warehouse project and walked out with an endorsement from the panel. The number of changes made were significant and instrumental in gaining acceptance.
In his opening remarks, Jaindl made a point to explain that changes to the plan were a result of input received from surrounding property owners and the community at large.
Jonathon Kopishke, recently elected as captain of the East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Justine Huber, president, presented the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors with an update at its meeting June 13.
The ambulance corps has 32 operational members, with 15 considered active. The others fill in on occasion, as needed. There are four administrative staff, with two active. There are 11 paid members, with six running regularly.
At its May 21 meeting, Allen Township Planning Commission set about the task of getting the existing zoning map to work with the township’s comprehensive plan. There were a few relatively minor adjustments, but the main discussion centered on the Jaindl property, the site of the proposed warehouses along Seemsville Road.
The comprehensive plan calls for the land to be zoned rural, which would preclude warehouses. However, the existing Jaindl proposal would still be viable.
During their May 24 meeting, East Allen Township supervisors were asked to review a request from Frank Evans of Skoda Contracting to purchase a tree farm at 6699 Locust Road.
Skoda Contracting has a contract with UGI to replace gas lines, but the company does not have a place to store equipment. Evans is an amateur arborist and, according to his request, he would live on the property and carve out a couple of acres to park his company’s equipment. The township zoning officer told Evans to appear before the board.
Graduates of Northampton Area High School’s Class of 2018 paraded into Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, June 2 to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the well-acclaimed high school orchestra under the direction of Ryan Mertz.
Northampton Area School District Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik delivered opening remarks and welcomed the graduates, as well as the attending members of the Class of 1968. This ceremonial tie to past graduates reiterates a theme echoed through all the speeches — as a graduate, you are always a Konkrete Kid.
Bath Farmers Market opened May 18 with a couple of new stands and return of perennial favorites.
Mark Haggerty, with his collection of kettle corn and specialty nuts, has been with the farmers market since it started.
“I’ve been successful at this spot, and we get a pretty good turnout,” he said.
His main store is the Popcorn Pit in Allentown.
Covered Bridge Farm is another longtime supporter of the market.
“We are still early in the season, but we expect cucumbers in a couple of weeks,” Kelly Hower said.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors May 9 meeting, volunteer fire department personnel made an appeal to the supervisors for assistance. The need for funding centers around maintenance for the fire house, which was built in the mid-1970s and added on since.