Northampton Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Audience says ‘no’ to warehouse proposal

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

East Allen Twp. developer addresses concerns of increased truck traffic

The oft-delayed, continued and rescheduled hearing for warehouses proposed along Weaversville Road by the Rockefeller Group took place Aug. 16 in the auditorium of Northampton Area High School.

A little over 100 people attended, none of whom offered support for the project. In fact, one resident asked for a voice opinion on the project and got an overwhelming “no.”

Slatington man remembered at trout hatchery

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by BENJAMIN WINN in Local News

Fishermen’s stories and fond memories were shared recently at the Springside Trout Hatchery in Slatington as members of the community, friends and family of the late Robert G. Herzog Sr. dedicated a bench in his honor.

The bench is the result of multiple donations made in Herzog’s memory following his death in September 2016, after a battle with lung cancer.

His family asked those wanting to honor Herzog and his contributions to the community to donate to the Springside Sportsmen Club Inc., a group of which Herzog was a member.

The sun, the moon and a solar eclipse

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Mark Twain fans may recall how a total eclipse helps protagonist Hank Morgan escape death and impress royalty and the magician Merlin when Morgan time-travels to sixth-century England after a blow to the head in Twain’s novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King’s Arthur’s Court.”

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse, visible to the continental United States, inspired scientists, baffled wildlife and dazzled star gazers with its celestial show.

69-year-old wedding dress becomes baptism gown

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

Northampton resident submitting items for judging at The Great Allentown Fair

Beatrice Christoff, of Northampton, has been sewing since she was 8 years old. With all of that practice comes perfection. And for Amanda Erney, who asked Christoff to turn a 1940s satin wedding gown into a baptism gown, perfection is exactly what she got.

In 1948, Catharine Dunn wore the dress for her wedding; then in 1953, her sister Ann Probst wore the same dress for her wedding. Melissa Kinder, Dunn’s daughter, wore the dress in 1979 for her wedding, and Kinder’s daughter, Erney, wore the dress in 2011 for her wedding.

Allen seeks grant for dog park upgrades

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Public response to Allen Township’s dog park on Savage Road has been overwhelming, so much so that the board of supervisors is seeking a second round of grant funding from Northampton County to keep pace with the services provided for its use.

Chairman Larry Oberly said township Manager Ilene Eckhart will work out the details of the application, which will be submitted to the county. He said parking and a proposed pavilion may be the pillars of the proposed grant.

“I am hopeful,” Oberly said of having the grant approved. The project could be undertaken in 2018.

Some do’s & don’ts for viewing Monday’s total solar eclipse

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by DR. LINDA CHOUS in Local News

The first total eclipse to span coast to coast across the U.S. mainland in almost a century will be visible Aug. 21. For people in Pennsylvania, the eclipse coverage will reach over 75 percent.

This rare celestial event is a spectacular occurrence; however, there are precautions people should take to help maintain their eye health while witnessing the spectacle in its full glory. Looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause serious eye damage, including blurry vision that can last months, or even permanent problems.

Planners chairman reminds developer of early agreement

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Three warehouses proposed at Route 329, Savage Road

At the Aug. 10 meeting of the township board of supervisors, Gene Clater, Allen Township Planning Commission chairman, urged the prospective new owners of three warehouses to abide by verbal agreements reached with the original developer.

Conceding the agreements should have been part of the official documents, Clater said, nevertheless, Liberty Property Trust, of Malvern, should honor the previous unwritten agreement reached with Mark Powell, of Century Commerce Centers.

Bath submits exit proposal for policing

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Borough officials discuss coverage from Moore Township, state police

The future of policing was a topic of discussion at the Aug. 7 Bath Borough Council meeting.

Council voted last month to end its agreement with Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD) for policing services to the borough.

Bath submitted its exit proposal to Lower Nazareth and Hanover townships, both members of CRPD. Borough Manager Brad Flynn explained the exit proposal from CRPD includes a buyout option. The details of the exit proposal are confidential at this point.

“We feel the buyout option is fair and equitable,” Flynn said.