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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Local News

JUNE

THURSDAY 15

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

Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

MONDAY 19

Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.

Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.

Horner’s Cemetery gets historical marker

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

On Sunday, a historical marker for Horner’s Cemetery was dedicated at 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd., Route 329, between Bath and Northampton in East Allen Township.

The sign reads: “1745 Horner’s Cemetery, oldest in Northampton County, located in the center of Craig’s Scotch-Irish Settlement in Northampton Co. Interred here are the founders of Bath and Northampton, along with Allen and E. Allen Townships. The last interment was in 1946.”

School board adopts final budget

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2.99-percent increase equates to average of $90 in additional annual taxes

Northampton Area School District Board of Directors has adopted the 2017-18 final general fund budget, which calls for a 2.99-percent tax hike.

Based on the NASD 2016 average assessment of $58,094, which comprises 60 percent of district residences, the property tax bill increases from $2,976.74 to $3,065.62, or $88.88 more annually, $7.41 more monthly and $1.71 more weekly.

The 2.99-percent tax hike increases millage by 1.53 mills from the 2016-17 millage of 51.24 mills to 52.77 mills for the 2017-18 district general fund budget.

Newly appointed Kenneth Hall takes oath of office

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council is back to its full capacity of eight council members, two from each of the four wards. Kenneth Hall took his seat at the June 1 meeting on the legislative body, filling the spot vacated by Robert Coleman, who resigned in April. The position expires Dec. 31.

Hall voted on several matters that night and made his first motion as council business concluded — the motion to adjourn.

Market fresh

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Tuesday shopping is growing steadily

The move of Northampton Farmers Market from Uptown Park, just off Main Street, to Municipal Park, at Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane, is getting positive reviews. The venue, boosted by entertainment and ample parking, appears to have gained the support of the public.

There are more than double the vendors, selling a larger variety of goods, including vegetables, potatoes, whole chickens and meats, baked goods, cakes and pies, comfort food, jelly and jams, homemade peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, custom popcorn, smoothies, candles, oils, healthy items and more.

Morey to retire as borough police chief

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Council offers thanks for dedicated service, devotion to community

Northampton Borough Council at the June 1 meeting accepted the retirement of Police Chief Ron Morey, whose career with the borough’s police force spans more than three decades.

Morey will remain in command of the police department until Aug. 1.

“Police Chief Ron Morey will reach his normal retirement age in August 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst advised council, noting for clerical purposes Morey’s retirement is effective Sept. 1.

The veteran police officer has accrued time in order to leave his position earlier.

Bridge, Iron Works projects detailed at Chamber luncheon

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.

Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.

Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.

Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.