Mary Ann Brong, of Northampton, does a balancing act, holding a plate full of funnel cakes as Dave Roth fills another plate with halupkies. Brong was among those who attended the American Club of Coplay family picnic recently.
Lehigh Township Historical Society members Shirley Eckhart, Todd Miller, David Miller, Barbara Reimer and Nancy Miller sell books and talk with members of the community about the history of the area during the recent Walnutport Canal Festival.
Cub Pack 99 and Boy Scout Troop 99, of Queenship of Mary, Northampton, took part in the Boy Scouts of America's annual Scouting for Food campaign Saturday. From left are Cub Pack 99 members Eddie Miller, 9, staff volunteer Stephanie Miller, Jonathan Cassel, 9, and Joey Kiss, 8. The local project, run by the Minsi Trails Council, benefits the Northampton Area Food Bank.
As lawyers finish the paperwork, the new multiyear sewage user fee agreement between the Borough of Northampton and Allen Township is finally coming to fruition after more than a year.
The township is now up to date in the payment of sewage user fees, borough council was informed at its recent meeting in council chambers.
"We received two checks from Allen Township for third quarter user fees. The total amount was $52,979.30," borough Manager Gene Zarayko advised borough lawmakers.
Northampton Borough Council at last month's meeting voted in favor of the pension plan covering nonuniformed employees during fiscal year 2013 that does not require any member contributions. Six council members voted to certify the pension plan. Councilman Edward Pany cast the sole dissenting vote.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko, on an annual basis, is required to certify the requirement for the nonuniformed pension plan for the following year.
Along with homemade soup and food, the main attraction at the recent Queenship of Mary Church bazaar were the many prizes in the Chinese auction. Rita Seaman puts a ticket in for a chance to win a straw hat her son Nicholas has taken a liking to while 9-year-old Olivia holds it. The family is from Northampton.
The exceptional work and efforts of the Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Inc has not gone unnoticed.
On Nov. 10 the organization was awarded the Gold Standard of Excellence award from Everitt F. Binns, Ph.D., executive director of the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council.
"There is no question, you guys are leaders," Binns told members of the Northampton EMS. "You have no idea how important this is. We really appreciate it."
The Northampton Police officers will undergo group training at the vo-tech building on the Northampton Area School District campus.
The training originally was set to take place at the Atlas Cement Company office. Borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported at this month's council meeting the former cement company property includes an abandoned building. In the past there were times the structure was to take on a new industrial use, but plans never materialized.
Democrat Daniel McNeill won the election Nov. 6 over Republican David Maloney for the seat previously held by Democrat Joseph Brennan.
In Lehigh County, McNeill had 61 percent of the vote or 10,320 votes to Malony's 39 percent or 6,516 votes.
In Northampton County, McNeill took 79.39 percent of the vote or 2,977 votes to Malony's 20.40 percent or 765 votes.
McNeill, a resident of Whitehall, ran on a five point plan dealing with quality education, job creation, safer communities, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.
While the rains and wind from Hurricane Sandy subsided in the Lehigh Valley, the financial and emotional toll continues.
Approximately 443,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers lost power due to downed limbs and lines resulting from the Oct. 29 storm. Met-Ed, another local utility company, had approximately 252,000 customers impacted by the storm.