Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart has announced his intent to seek the Republican nomination for Lehigh County Executive.
He made his special announcement at Big Woodys, in Allentown, Feb. 27.
Eckhart has been a school board member, a township commissioner, a county commissioner and is currently the Lehigh County controller.
“Now I want to be your county executive,” Eckhart said. Eckhart has been serving the community for nearly 20 years.
Emmaus resident Edwin Cruz appeared before Emmaus Borough Council Feb. 21 to ask for the cinder to be cleaned up from the street in the 500 to 600 blocks of Broad Street. “It is so filthy,” Cruz said. He said the cinder is on the homes in his block. “Please clean our street.” Cruz asked for the “no parking signs” to be placed twice a year for the borough to clean the streets.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe said he would look into the matter.
Gene Clock, president of the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society provided a six month review for council.
Q. In what grade are you?
A. I am currently in 12th grade at Emmaus High School.
Q. What is your favorite subject? Why?
A. My favorite subject is American History because I enjoy learning about the events that have impacted and shaped the United States.
Q. Have you received any special awards or recognition?
A. I have been on the honor roll all four years of high school, I won the Tommy Gray Award for spirit, heart and perseverance and the Scholar Athlete Scholarship for girls soccer. I was also a part of the Spanish National Honor Society.
Approximately 200 people from various citizens groups gathered at Senator Pat Toomey’s Allentown office, 1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Jan. 24 to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
Members of “Tuesdays with Toomey” gather at Toomey’s office each week to voice concerns and “urge the senator to represent them and keep his campaign promises to protect and serve all constituents.”
Other groups attending the rally were citizens from Indivisible, MoveOn.org and Kutztown Area Democratic Club.
A sign on the door of the Emmaus Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 316 Main St., Emmaus, states it has closed its doors.
“This Post has been placed under suspension by the PA VFW Headquarters and is closed until further notice.”
According to its Facebook page, the VFW is a private social club welcoming active (military and veterans) and social members.
A performance of “JumpStart Duo” was planned 8 p.m. Jan. 28.
Additional events planned include a Superbowl party 6 p.m. Feb. 5 and a performance of the Steel Creek Band 8 p.m. Feb. 10.
In the superintendent’s message at the Jan. 9 meeting of the East Penn School District board of directors, Dr. Michael Schilder addressed recent racial issues within the district.
On Dec. 12, 2016, the East Penn School District’s transportation provider was informed by a passing motorist a racial slur and swastika were inscribed in the condensation of an East Penn School District bus window. At the time, Schilder issued a statement saying the district denounces and prohibits this type of racial harassment and is in the process of conducting a full investigation.
Director of Special Education Dr. Linda Pekarik provided a presentation to the East Penn School District board members Jan. 9 regarding behavioral support services within the district.
The East Penn School District board members voted 7-2 in favor of entering a master lease purchase agreement with Apple, Inc. to acquire 550 MacBook Air laptops for teachers in the school district at a cost of $564,850.
School directors Charles Ballard and Carol Allen voted against the lease agreement.
The Emmaus Historical Society brought back an Emmaus tradition Dec. 10 by inviting children to come to the museum to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive an orange and a box of chocolate.
According to EHS board member Andrew Kerstetter, “it was a tradition in Emmaus to take your kids to town hall or the fire company on Christmas morning and Santa Claus was always there handing out candy and oranges.” The committee decided to resurrect that tradition to “bring a little of the past into the present.”
Buckeye Tavern owners Hope and Terry Bender and longtime friend Jeff Trainer, owner of the Sands Convention Center, have begun to build a new establishment at 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie.
The original Buckeye Tavern, built in 1735, was destroyed in a fire May 12, 2015.
According to a news release from the Pennsylvania State Police Troop M Fire Marshal Unit Nov. 30, 2015, the fire was determined to have originated at the rear exterior of the building in the vicinity of several commercial coolers/freezers.