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Northampton council seeks grant for borough pool upgrades

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

A grant application seeking funding for upgrades to the Northampton Borough Municipal Pool has been submitted to the state for consideration.

At the Oct. 4 council meeting, borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Development application for upgrades to the Laubach Avenue pool was filed Sept. 27, three days ahead of schedule.

“This application is seeking a grant of $445,000 to be distributed from the Monroe County casino funds,” Brobst said.

Lehigh costs detailed at Act 34 hearing

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

District expected to pay $2.5 million annually for 20 years for new school

Financing of the proposed Lehigh Elementary School is expected to cost Northampton Area School District approximately $2.5 million annually for 20 years.

Financial details of the elementary school project were part of a 55-minute Act 34 public hearing, held Oct. 8 in the cafeteria of Northampton Area High School.

One district resident, a Lehigh Township official, spoke at the hearing.

Change on Main opens doors in borough

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

New center in Northampton offers safe space for those recovering from addiction

Northampton County’s newest recovery center opened Aug. 24. Change on Main, 1830 Main St., Northampton, seeks to offer a safe and pressure-free environment for those in recovery to find their own community and avoid external stressors.

“Here at Change on Main, that’s what we’re going to offer — hope and love. That’s the foundation of what people in recovery need,” said Brian Sabo, the center’s program director.

Environmental board sets open house for Nov. 8

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Moore Township Land and Environmental Protection Board is planning an open house for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Moore Township Municipal Building, 2491 Community Drive.

The focus of the open house is the township’s natural resources. Laura Baird, senior land consultant for Heritage Conservancy, will present on farmland preservation and its reasons, benefits and importance.

Also at the Oct. 2 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved moving forward in preserving the Schiavone 78-acre farm. Twenty acres of the 78 are being set aside for a future park.

Moore Township seeking PEMA disaster relief funds

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

At the Sept. 4 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Secretary/Treasurer Richard Gable reported the township has applied for about $225,000 in disaster relief from Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The request is for damage to various areas throughout the township from recent storms.

Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of disaster, opening up relief compensation.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News



Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.


Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.

Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.


NASD gets school security grants

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

$44,000 funding will be used for training, walkie-talkies, lockdown doors

Northampton Area School District has received two grants totaling nearly $44,000 — and is applying for a third — to improve school security.

The grants are one aspect of the NASD administration’s efforts to enhance safety in school buildings and campuses for faculty, students and families.

The measures include school-entrance security improvements, equipment for security personnel and possible additional district police, with the goal of having an officer at each school.

The grants and school-safety measures were discussed at the Oct. 8 NASD Board of Education meeting.

Sacred Heart celebrates 20 years

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.

A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.

Cement Worker of The Month

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Rodney Hartzell

Mr. Rodney Hartzell was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1971. His first job was at a local textile factory, earning $3.50 per hour. In 1973, Rodney followed his three uncles and was hired at Nazareth Cement Company, starting on the labor gang.

One of the former managers was Mr. Paul Lentz. The plant, at one time, operated eight kilns. There were various jobs no longer found at cement plants. The roof cleaners, sweepers and dust collectors have been replaced by modern, clean technology.