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Koehler Brothers celebrates 50th year

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Class reunion

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Former East Allen district students recall school days

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 seeking relief

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Tavern night a hit at historical society

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

School district makes appeal

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in School

Advisers challenge properties assessments

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.

Microbrewery hosts wing-eating contest

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

One of the popular food trucks that gets invited to Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua, is Buck’s BBQ.

“We always get good reviews when we invite them to set up,” said Annette Pompa, co-owner of the business.

Buck’s returned the compliment by holding a wing-eating contest Sept. 28.

“They have some pretty big wings,” said second-place finisher Jarred Barno.

East Allen introduces 2020 draft budget

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Supervisors, manager discuss township zoning officer’s responsibilities

At the end of its workshop meeting Oct. 9, the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors conducted an in-depth review of its 2020 budget. The budget will be posted once it is approved.

The board did discuss increasing the services of the zoning officer. Presently, the officer is in the office for three days and is not able to keep up with the demand. There is an option to hire an additional zoning officer, but the cost for another permanent employee is questionable.

Supervisor Mark Schwartz suggested increasing the zoning officer’s time in the township office to four days.

East Allen gets update on volunteer fire department

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

East Allen Township Fire Chief Barry Frantz opened the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 14 with a briefing on the status of the township’s volunteer fire department.

The bottom line is the fire department is competent and efficient and looks for continued support from the community.

The challenge for the department is the size of the volunteer firefighter force.

“In 1970, there were 300,000 volunteer firefighters in the state. We are down to 38,000 now,” Frantz said.

A place to play

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Allen Twp. upgrades dog park

Allen Township’s latest upgrades to its dog park on Savage Road are bringing a lot of praise from local dog owners.

Before the improvements, the local park was a grassy lot with a fence. The improvements are attracting dog owners from all around the Lehigh Valley.

“In an urban area, there isn’t a place to let your dog exercise and run with other dogs, so we really rely on these parks,” Melissa DeJesus said.

Townhouse complex proposed for Atlas Road in Allen Twp.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Planning commission has list of concerns, changes; engineer to discuss with developer

Hanover Group Builders sent their engineer, Derrick Herman, to the Allen Township Planning Commission meeting Sept. 16. The developer proposed a four-unit townhouse complex along Atlas Road near its intersection with Savage Road.

The vacant parcel is zoned for high-density residential applications but does present problems.

As township Manager Ilene Eckhart pointed out, there is a mass of uniquely divided parcels on the proposed site, some of which have no designated owners. An existing alleyway is one of the parcels without ownership credentials.