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.
Northampton Borough Council on Thursday established a municipal park acquisition and development program.
The approved program is part of a bond issue that will match county funds to help defray the costs of specific projects.
"As part of our new bond, we are borrowing funds to replace playground equipment at three parks and also to purchase the property located on Smith Lane. The county has matching funds available," said borough Manager Gene Zarayko.
When it was time for Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock to take the podium at the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Luncheon Feb. 14, chamber Executive Laura Long introduced him as "the comic."
The biggest update from the Borough of Northampton is plans for a new middle school, Reenock said as he began his speech.
Reenock pointed out Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik in the audience, saying they worked together.
With electronic recycling becoming mandatory Jan. 24 across the state, Northampton Borough Council advised its residents the borough facility located at King Street "can accept any and all electronics except refrigerators, freezers and dehumidifiers."
Electronic equipment such as computers, printers, fax machines and TVs, cannot be put out for regular refuse collection. Officials said just about anything that has an electric cord is part of the Commonwealth's new recycling mandate.
In other business:
The major area of concern during the Feb. 4 Bath Borough Council meeting involved a property located at 224 West Main St.
The property, owned by the borough, sits at the corner of Race (Route 329) and West Main streets, across from the clock.
During the past few meetings, council members have been scratching their heads trying to decide how to effectively use the property. Some options have included selling it, converting it into a nature center or using one floor for office space and converting the other floor into a nature center.