On the last full weekend in June, local ham radio operators gather to work with 40,000 other operators around the world as part of their annual 24-hour preparedness drill.
Members of Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC) set up this year in a pavilion at Bicentennial Park, East Allen Township.
“We pick this weekend because it is when ionization is best,” said Bob Green, of radio station KE3AW. “We set up contacts with other operators and record them.”
Ionization in the atmosphere helps signals travel farther because they can bounce off the atmosphere.
One particular item on the agenda of the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 14 was a matter of some concern. The St. Luke’s Patient Center, on Route 512, requested another extension to complete its project. Township Manager Deborah Seiple introduced the item, stating St. Luke’s has requested several extensions for nearly two years. The facility is operational and accepting patients.
Nate Johnson, a project coordinator from St. Luke’s, addressed the situation.
Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.
Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.
Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.
Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.
On May 19, Sarah Fulton opened the 10th season for Bath Farmers Market, Green Street and Route 329.
“We have a couple of exciting new vendors this year. We have Cool Treats, an ice cream vendor, and Atomic Hogs is here with a smoker,” she said. “Plus, we have farmers who returned from last year. It’s a great place to buy local and support our community.”
Relaxed licensing laws allow Weyerbacher Brewing to set up shop.
“You can come down every Friday until Sept. 29. Grab some barbecue, a beer and have dessert,” Fulton said.
At their May 25 meeting, East Allen Township supervisors unanimously passed the medical marijuana ordinance.
“This is against my personal morals,” Chairman Roger Unangst said.
As he explained, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was passed by the state, and the township does not have an option on approving or disapproving its use. The ordinance was implemented to control where medical marijuana can be dispensed.
“If we don’t put restrictions on it, then anyone can open a dispensary in the basement of their house,” Unangst said.
Northampton Area High School held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 June 3 at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem.
Principal Robert Steckel Jr. gave the opening remarks, urging the new graduates to go forward and accomplish much in their chosen endeavors.
Steckel welcomed the Class of 2017 into Northampton Area High School alumni, a unique group that extends back 116 years.
Guests of honor included alumni from the Class of 1967, celebrating their 50th reunion this year.
Firefighters and emergency vehicles from across the Lehigh Valley responded this morning to a fire at the Consolidated Freight terminal in East Allen Township.
Although initial reports speculated fireworks were on the truck that was ablaze, it was later confirmed the truck contained butane lighters.
The fire burned for nearly three hours before it was extinguished.
If you take your Sunday drive to the end of Green Meadow Road in East Allen Township, you get to meet Kelly Knight, who owns Bay Ridge Stables. She is willing to take you on a tour if you meet her by the tack room — at least if she is not at a horse show.
“I’m out here most of the day,” she said of the job she really loves.
According to Knight, she jumped at the chance to lease the 44-acre farm when the old manager left.
On May 10, East Allen Township scheduled a long-awaited session to determine if 155 acres of airport-owned land along Weaversville Road could be changed from agricultural zoning to commercial. The change is requested by Rockefeller Group to expand warehouse development in and around the airport.
The township meeting was crammed with 80 interested residents. Fire officials had another 20 people standing outside and eventually began turning away residents interested in the proceedings because the fire occupancy limits for the building were reached.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors reviewed engineering reports on the Jacksonville Bridge at its meeting April 12.
The bridge is in need of repair, but not anything that is deemed an emergency repair. Township Engineer James Milot suggested supervisors consider replacing the bridge.
“We can make the repairs suggested, but these are just repairs, and we don’t know how long they will last. The need to put a new surface on the bridge might not last its full life because the supporting beams may deteriorate,” he said.