Northampton Press

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Photos from the past

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by KRISTINE PORTER in Local News

Becky’s Drive-In founder’s family publishes collection

On Father’s Day, Becky’s Drive-In in Walnutport sold copies of a book full of nearly 700 photographs taken of the area by William Beck, founder of the drive-in that opened in 1946.

“He took so much time and effort to take all of these photographs,” said Cindy Deppe, one of Beck’s daughters. “It doesn’t make sense to let them sit in the attic.”

The book costs $49.99, and the profits will be donated to Lehigh Township Historical Society. A copy of the book also will be placed in the historical society.

Council to review police chief applicants July 20

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The clock is winding down for the July 19 deadline for applicants to file resumes for the position of the Borough of Northampton’s police chief. By last weekend, there were only two persons who had filed their resumes with the borough’s administration office.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told The Press before the weekend more applicants are expected to come forward with resumes. It is not clear whether any of the 11 officers on the borough police force will seek the police chief’s position.


Monday, July 10, 2017 by The Press in Local News


• Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 696 Johnson Road, Nazareth. VBS continues until July 14. Registration:

• Wildlife day camp (for kindergarten through eighth grade), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Wayne Grube Park, Pavilion 1, 1200 Willowbrook Road, Allen Township. Registration: 610-965-4397, ext. 131, or

• St. John’s Friendly Fifties picnic (rain or shine), noon-5 p.m., at 26th Street Playground, Northampton

Lehigh board grants solar installation

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Before the May 23 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting began, a conditional use hearing was held for Solar City on behalf of 725 Walnut Drive. The owner is Geraldine McCutcheon. Michele Shellborn represented Solar City.

A solar installation for 18 kilowatts can be installed by permit, but Solar City wants 32.8 kilowatts. The request was denied by the planning commission, so the supervisors were hearing the appeal.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News



Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.

East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.


Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

East Allen’s Dogwood Road project put on a fast track

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

East Allen Township Engineer James Milot ran through the details of the Dogwood Road project at the board of supervisors meeting June 22. Dogwood Road is one access road to Bicentennial Park. The problem is a culvert over a drainage ditch is collapsing. Traffic is restricted to one lane in the area.

“This was put together in two pieces,” he said. “And the newer one is failing.”

The situation is not unusual in the area. As country roads were expanded to accommodate increased traffic, they were widened while keeping the old road intact.

Community Days kicks off July 12 at borough park

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The 37th annual Northampton Exchange Club Community Days Fair will be held July 12-15, closing with a spectacular fireworks display.

Hours for the fair — held at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue — are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.

Theme evenings are making a debut at the community event.

Kids Night, featuring the Little Miss Community Days Pageant, kicks off the fair July 12. Other events include a puppeteer and entertainment by Joe Weber, who will perform in the grove 7:30-10 p.m.

Summer camp

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

150 kids converge daily on East Allen Twp. park

East Allen Township opened Bicentennial Park to 150 day campers June 19. Recreation Director Chuck Frantz organizes the event every year.

“Spaces usually fill up a few weeks after the sign-up period opens. This is always a popular event with our residents,” he said.

This year, the program runs through Aug. 2.

“It’s seven weeks, and that leaves the month of August for family vacations,” Frantz said. “We end the camp day around 1 p.m., so it gives the kids time to spend time with their neighborhood friends.”