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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Executive touts Valley economy

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

In first county address, Armstrong praises administration, businesses

“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong said, addressing a crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.

Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees he and his administration are interested in putting progress over politics.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Fair District PA urges resolution about gerrymandering

Pennsylvania’s infamous “Goofy Kicking Donald Duck” 7th Congressional District, often referred to as the most well-known case of gerrymandering, would have to have a new caption if Fair Districts PA would have its suggestions implemented.

Fair Districts PA representative Terry Schettini urged the Upper Milford Township Supervisors Feb. 1 to pass a local resolution expressing support of revamping the manner in which political maps are drawn in Pennsylvania.


Friday, January 26, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Accolades given to retiring manager Daniel DeLong

After 37 years of service to Upper Milford Township, Daniel DeLong was honored by friends, relatives and government officials Jan. 18 during the regular supervisor’s meeting.

Township Supervisor Daniel Mohr was the first of the government officials to congratulate DeLong with a commendation commemorating his service. Mohr recounted some of the memorable shared escapades, like the time DeLong handed Mohr a metal tape then made contact with an “electric cow fence.”

Charter Arts skaters practice for the big show

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

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.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Science fun provided by Muhlenberg student teachers

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.


Thursday, December 21, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Amendment approved for electronic copy of budget

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.


Thursday, December 7, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Commissioners briefed on financial forecasting model

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.