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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.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Traffic concerns to be reviewed regarding new Wawa in Emmaus

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.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA, speaks at a taping of ‘Business Matters’

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“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.


Friday, November 17, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Commissioners-elect attend first meeting

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.