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.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 23, Supervisor Peggy Moser asked the board to reconsider compensating board members for health insurance costs. The fee for individual coverage purchased by the township approaches $13,000.
Presently, none of the existing members exercise the health coverage option, as they are covered under other programs.
Howard Fogel had an idea a few years back to have a class reunion.
“We picked the fifth grade at Wolf School (now the site of Bath Borough’s municipal building) because that was the last year everybody was from Bath. After that, kids came in from all over,” he said.
Moore Township was considered a foreign land back then. Fogel’s class was the 1947-48 school year.
“We started a reunion in 2010 and thought it would be good to ask some of the teachers to join us. We found Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gehring, our music teacher,” he said.
During its March 9 meeting, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors filled a vacant position on the board by appointing Robert Mills to assume the remaining term of former board member Christopher Colitis.
Colitis left the board because he moved out of the township.
“We were looking for someone who understands the township’s issues, has attended meetings and can be elected if he chooses to run,” Chairman Roger Unangst said.
Supervisor Peggy Moser was impressed with another candidate, although she did not nominate her choice.
On March 13, Mary Greenberg was having a relaxing morning recovering from a recent bout in the hospital when she heard a crash. “At first, I thought someone was trying to break in to the house,” she said. “I called my husband (Richard), who got here quickly.”
Greenberg’s neighbor, Michael Kolessar, had been backing out of his driveway and, according to his wife, Irene, he blacked out. His vehicle went through Greenberg’s garage door and collapsed the back wall of the garage. The driveways of the two neighbors are perfectly aligned across Valley View Road.
East Allen Township Supervisor Christopher Colitas submitted his resignation from the board, effective Feb. 14. According to township Manager Deborah Seiple, Colitas has moved out of the township and is no longer eligible to serve.
Supervisors reluctantly accepted the long-serving board member’s resignation.
“We are sorry to see him go. He has served the township well, and we will miss his many contributions to this township,” Chairman Roger Unangst said.