On the last full weekend in June, local ham radio operators gather to work with 40,000 other operators around the world as part of their annual 24-hour preparedness drill.
Members of Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC) set up this year in a pavilion at Bicentennial Park, East Allen Township.
“We pick this weekend because it is when ionization is best,” said Bob Green, of radio station KE3AW. “We set up contacts with other operators and record them.”
Ionization in the atmosphere helps signals travel farther because they can bounce off the atmosphere.
One of the Borough of Northampton’s most recognized iconic structures is the Central School building on Main Street. At its June 14 meeting, Northampton Borough Planning Commission recommended that a proposal to convert the structure into 12 apartments now go before borough council for its review.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said he expects council will vote July 20 on the planners’ recommendation for the project, submitted by Bath developer Tom Kishbaugh of Royal Development Company.
East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
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.
Northampton Area School District has purchased textbooks, more than one-quarter million dollars’ worth, so that students can hit the books this fall for the 2017-18 school year.
NASD Board of Education voted 9-0 at the June 26 meeting, at the recommendation of the administration, to approve $226,130.08 in textbook costs, as included in the 2017-18 district curriculum, high school and special education budgets.
The textbooks run the gamut of subjects, including science, math, social studies, technology and world languages, for kindergarten through 12th-grade classes.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
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.
Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.
One particular item on the agenda of the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 14 was a matter of some concern. The St. Luke’s Patient Center, on Route 512, requested another extension to complete its project. Township Manager Deborah Seiple introduced the item, stating St. Luke’s has requested several extensions for nearly two years. The facility is operational and accepting patients.
Nate Johnson, a project coordinator from St. Luke’s, addressed the situation.
An earlier projection by Fuller Family Trust to erect 67 homes on the Willow Brook Golf Course has been pared to 11 single-family dwellings on large 7,500-square-foot lots, and the new plan went before Northampton Borough Planning Commission June 14.
This scaled-back plan, which would have access off Howertown Road, is part of a more ambitious project that calls for 164 homes to be built in adjoining North Catasauqua — proposed mainly as an active adult, 55-and-older community.
The missing link between the Nor-Bath Trail and the Delaware & Lehigh Trail, at Canal Park, is no longer missing. The one-mile section in Northampton has been completed, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 16 to formally open the trail to walkers, bicyclists and joggers.