On a night when the Northampton Area School Board honored its Skills USA District 11 and state competition winners, the administration proved its skills in whittling by reducing a proposed budget increase to 2.38 percent.
Still, it wasn't enough to please board President David Gogel and board member Jean Rundle, who voted against the budget.
The proposed general fund budget for 2013-14 of $88,785,952 was approved 6-2, with one member absent Monday night.
Seven-year-old Vanessa Stauffer's smile and gentle, hopeful spirit is contagious.
To the average eye, Vanessa appears to be a vibrant, healthy and carefree child. It's only after speaking with her parents, Donald and Tracy Stauffer of Fogelsville, that one learns Vanessa suffers from a rare form of brain and spinal cancer called a primitive neuroectodermal tumor.
Life Scout Andrew Shaffer wanted to work on and complete an Eagle Scout project to honor those who have served their communities and country.
On Saturday, his project – a flagpole memorial – was officially unveiled during a ceremony at East Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department. Assisting with the dedication were Eagle Scouts Michael Kukor and Alexander Shaffer and Life Scout Tucker Allison.
Andrew worked on securing the funding and installing the flagpole and brick memorial.
The Atlas Cement Memorial Museum – the only museum of its kind in the United States – opens for its 16th season Sunday, May 12.
The interactive museum, located on Laubach Avenue, Northampton, is more than just a collection of artifacts from the cement industry. It includes displays from decades past and rare items from Atlas and other cement plants in the Lehigh Valley. The Atlas museum is more than a visit to the past; it's a slice of living history.
From the hill overlooking the event, a sea of bright green T-shirts led the eye to a gathering of at least 50 people.
The shirts marked the members of "Team Mikey," who had come to Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville Sunday morning for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk. Their reason for doing so was Mike "Mikey" Holihan, 17, a Northampton Area High School student who has type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes.
Residents of Lehigh Township recently gathered at the township municipal building to hear plans for a Walmart on 34 acres at Riverview (Route 145) and Birch drives.
Many of the residents came from the Hills of Greenock development, which abuts the property in question.
Attorney Tina Makoulian said the retail store is a permitted use in the commercially zoned area. There is no problem meeting the setbacks and requirements for the parking area, which will accommodate 641 cars.
The Borough of Northampton is preparing to launch a newsletter that will be mailed to borough residents.
The publication will inform townspeople about matters the administration and borough council consider to be of interest.
Titled "What's Happening," Borough Manager Gene Zarayko disclosed on Friday the newsletter is now at the printers and will be ready for mailing to residents in the next several days. The newsletter will include several pages of items, including some about which the borough hopes to hear from residents.
The Liberty Bell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual Good Citizen Award ceremony and tea March 25.
The chapter honored students from Lehigh County selected as their school's good citizen based on DAR's four criteria of dependability, leadership, service and patriotism.
The winners then moved to the next phase of competition. The winner at that level will advance to the state level.
Betsy Burnhauser, chapter award chairman, presented a pin, wallet card certificate and book titled "One-Night Stands With American History" to each winner.