The Northampton Area School Board got a pleasant surprise at Monday night's meeting.
The cost of the new Northampton Area Middle School is apparently $5 million under budget.
Based on a presentation by Christopher W. Haller, project engineer, D'Huy Engineering Inc., concerning the bids and alternate bids, the middle school general construction cost is $42,053,500.
"This went almost one year to the day. For this size project, kudos to those involved," said Haller.
The cost is based on apparent low bidders unveiled at the Feb. 25 school board meeting.
Bath Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.
The East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets at 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
The Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
The East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets at 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Northampton Borough Council was told at a recent meeting construction of the new Stadium Drive located, off Smith Lane, should begin soon.
Since the new roadway will consume some of the borough park property on the east end, borough Manager Gene Zarayko said a borough public works crew will begin removing the fence and equipment at the park's tennis courts.
"Some of the fencing material will then be used to repair the Alliance Playground tennis court area," Zarayko said.
Tootsee the Clown performs for students at the Franklin building.
The Northampton Area School District is realizing a savings of more than $2.5 million in refinancing costs after restructuring bonds during an Internet auction.
"You did an excellent job in maintaining your excellent credit rating," Jamie L. Doyle, director, Public Financial Management Inc., NASD financial consultant, told administrators and school board members at the Feb. 11 meeting.
Chief Master Sgt. Michael Schmidt retired after 32 years in the U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Squadron.
Schmidt, the son of Walter K. Schmidt of Northampton and the late Joan Braun Schmidt, graduated from Northampton Area High School in 1981.
He has flown HC-130 and E3 AWACS aircraft including 91 combat and combat support missions.
In Alaska, he flew in 111 rescue missions resulting in 116 persons saved and 25 more brought to safety.
Schmidt received 37 awards and decorations during his military career.
Hussett completes basic training
Air Force Reserve Airman Jermaine M. Hussett graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
The members of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce laughed a lot last week.
The occasion was the second annual Chamber Mayoral Luncheon Feb. 14. Speakers included Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock, Whitehall Mayor Edward Hozza Jr., Coplay Mayor Joseph Bundra, Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
The mayors were invited to give a short speech highlighting their respective municipalities. Several of the speeches were infused with humor.
Bianca Dominguez of Northampton is among the members of Team SkillsUSA who participated in Walk Now for Autism Speaks Jan. 27 at Iron Lakes Country Club in South Whitehall Township. Other team members include Travis Miller of Stroudsburg, Amanda Hillegass of Quakertown, Trestin Galler of Kunkeltown, Sarah Wilson of Bangor, Alex Abruzzi of Washington Township and Jennifer Smith of Salisbury Township.
· Women's Club of Catasauqua meeting – 7 p.m., Salem United Church of Christ, Third and Walnut streets, Catasauqua. Information: President Yvonne Retzler at 610-262-4924.
· Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association meeting – 7 p.m., Lehigh County Agricultural Center, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Allentown. Meeting will include a roundtable discussion on procuring and prepping equipment and tools for keeping bees in 2013. Information: www.Lehighvalleybeekeepers.org or call 610-298-3254.