At the March 6 Bath Neighborhood Watch meeting, residents received active shooter training. Pennsylvania State Trooper Nathan Branosky led the training and somber meeting.
Branosky emphasized the run, hide, fight strategy being taught nationwide to workplaces, churches, schools and other vulnerable locations.
Past mass shootings, such as Columbine, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech, were discussed.
The preliminary hearing for Lori Ann Mankos, 44, of Walnutport, is scheduled for April 25.
Mankos has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with driving under the influence, reckless driving, careless driving and 26 counts of endangering the welfare of children after allegedly abandoning the Northampton Area School District students she was driving at a Sunoco in Bath March 1. The First Student bus driver reportedly handed the keys to the gas station employee before walking away.
Robert Toedter, of RT Consulting, discussed changes taking place at the Keystone Cement plant during the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 13.
As Toedter explained, Keystone has an option to fire its plant using natural gas rather than coal.
“All of our coal is brought in by truck. By choosing this option, we remove 3,000 trucks — that’s 6,000 trips per year,” he said. “It will reduce emissions in the area.”
The plant burns 60,000 tons of coal a year.
Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Northampton Area School Board meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.
Moore Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission will hold its annual spring historical walk beginning 9 a.m. March 23 on the IRT. The walk — the first of many 2019 events — starts at the Chestnut Street barn, just west of MacArthur Road.
The four-hour leisurely walk has stops for walkers to view historical sites and landmarks, including the first anthracite-fueled iron company and the first Portland Cement Company in America. At least 23 historical sites and landmarks will be presented.
Northampton Farmers Market approaches its opening in May with major changes — providing not just shopping for produce and other items, but also a destination of sorts. Northampton Borough Council, at its Feb. 21 meeting, was given a glimpse of what the outdoor market has in store.
Victor Rodite, community planner, whose idea for a farmers market blossomed into reality, is stepping aside and going to concentrate his time on writing grant applications. Councilman Robert McHale said this would be a better benefit to the borough. Rodite will aid in the transition to a successor.
Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum had a banner year in 2018 with a large mix of students from the Northampton Area School District and representatives from nine foreign countries, various organizations and others visiting the museum on tours.
There were 2,947 students and teachers who attended tours and educational programs. There were another 536 other persons who toured the museum. The total number of museum visitors adds up to 3,483.
Mr. Barry Schlosser was raised in Stiles, graduating from Whitehall High School in 1993. He started his cement career at Lafarge in 2000, working on the tire dock. On each shift, a tractor-trailer load of tires is unloaded and used to fuel the plant kilns, thus removing them from the environment.
Barry was promoted to work as a packer in the packhouse.
He recalls, “I worked with Jerome Nederostek and Robert Taniser, who helped me learn the job.”
In 2008, he became the packhouse supervisor.
Lehigh Township Police Chief Scott Fogel conducted a presentation on traffic safety at the board of supervisors meeting Feb. 26, providing statistics of crashes and other traffic issues in the township and offering ways the police force and the community can work together to reduce these numbers.
Following Fogel’s presentation, Sherri Penchishen, who works with areas on traffic and road-related issues, spoke.
At the March 7 Northampton Borough Council meeting, a resident expressed his concerns regarding when the public is able to address council. Currently, members of the public are permitted to speak on topics only at the start of the meetings.
Council will review options. One possible solution is to allow the public to voice their input when each specific matter on the agenda is addressed — but before a vote is taken. Another possibility is to allow residents time to speak just before the end of the meeting.