About 20 graceful ice skaters from The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts participated in the annual winter ice show for the community at Steel Ice Center recently. The Press was present for the dress rehearsal.
Thom Mullins, the high school’s artistic director of figure skating, coached the skaters through their routines on one of the two ice rinks at the Steel Ice Center. Mullins was appropriately bundled up in the cold arena; the skaters, on the other hand, wore costumes suggesting warmer temperatures as many had bare arms and heads, wore tights and big smiles.
Lehigh County Commissioner President Marty Nothstein presented farewell plaques to outgoing commissioners David Jones, Thomas Creighton and Michael Schware at the close of the meeting Dec. 20, 2017.
Jones stepped down as a Lehigh County Commissioner for District 3.
It was Science Family Fun Night at Willow Lane Elementary School recently when about 90 children, accompanied by parents, spent the evening with student teacher volunteers from Muhlenberg College to learn some hands-on science.
Willow Lane Elementary School Principal Dr. Anthony Moyer kept the building open and welcomed guests as they arrived, parents in tow.
The Lehigh County Commissioners approved the amendment to the county’s administrative code to require the county executive to provide an electronic copy of the annual budget.
The amendment was sponsored by Commissioners Amanda Holt and Michael Schware and is designed to give the commissioners more time to consider the annual budget between the time they receive it and the time they have to vote for it.
In other business the commissioners Dec. 13 approved an amendment to allow the commissioners to have a say in the choice of health insurance providers.
Gretchen Naso, a principal officer from RKL LCC, briefed the Lehigh County Commissioners about a five-year financial forecasting model developed for aid in future planning.
Naso’s plan presented at the Nov. 21 meeting of the Lehigh County Commissioners, analyzed Lehigh County’s finances for the last five years to give planners an idea of how financial decisions today may impact the future.
“One of our goals was to allow the commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill it until it becomes more manageable,” Naso said.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors approved a resolution Nov. 16 to ask the Upper Milford Township Planning Commission to review traffic concerns that might come with the new Wawa convenience store planned for Emmaus.
While decisions on the project are all being made by Emmaus, Upper Milford Supervisor Robert Sentner is concerned more traffic on busy Chestnut Street will be a problem felt in Upper Milford.
“There’s going to be a lot of traffic,” Sentner said.
“We will see a flood of capital come back to the United States,” U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey told an audience of business members and Chamber of Commerce staffers recently at the Lehigh Country Club. The comment, in response to a question about the tax reform bill currently making its way through Congress from “Business Matters” host Tony Iannelli, got enthusiastic applause from the pro-business attendees.
Attendees at the taping had just finished breakfast in a dining room of the country club where they had time to socialize and enjoy the view of the club’s pool and golf course.
In a short meeting Nov. 8, the Lehigh County Commissioners approved some appointments, one bill and listened to citizen’s complaints and suggestions. They also welcomed the two newest Commissioners-elect who won their elections the night before.
Amy Zanelli, the new representative for District 3, which includes West Bethlehem, attended with her wife and children. Zanelli will replace David Jones who will step down from the commissioner’s office.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors approved a tentative 2018 budget of about $2 million at the Nov. 2 workshop meeting.
According to Jessi O’Donald, secretary/treasurer and right-to-know officer, there will be no tax increases. The final budget will be approved at a later meeting.
In other business, goats on the road caused resident Rachel Moessner to swerve her car to avoid hitting the animals as they grazed near and walked on Chestnut Street near its intersection with Beck Road.
Lehigh County Commissioners Oct. 25 voted 7-1 to retain the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, of Washington, D.C., as special counsel to represent the county in its appeal to retain the Christian or Latin cross in the Lehigh County seal and flag.
Minutes from a December 1944 Lehigh County Commissioners meeting make the meaning the cross clear: “Underneath same and in center of Shield [Seal] appears the huge cross in canary-yellow signifying Christianity and the God-fearing people which are the foundation and backbone of our county.”