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UPPER AND LOWER MILFORD COLUMN Emmaus Lions host ‘Nite at the Races’ March 11

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Columns

There is still time to get tickets to enjoy a “Nite at the Races” and basket raffle March 11 at the Alburtis Area Community Center, 220 W. 2nd St., Alburtis. This fun event is sponsored by the Emmaus Lions Club. Doors open 5 p.m. and the first race runs 6:30 p.m.

Your donation buys you a fun evening of races, food, wine, beer, coffee and soda and door prizes. The food includes, meatballs, hot roast beef, sausage sandwiches, broasted chicken, a variety of salads, snacks and desserts.

UPPER MILFORD township supervisors

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Assistant manager appointed

Upper Milford supervisors last week announced the appointment of Edward A. (“Bud”) Carter to the position of assistant manager.

Carter, chosen from 60 applicants, will start work in the township March 7. He replaces Tim Haas, who resigned in December.

Carter was public works director in Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, where he has been employed for 21 years.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Action tabled on Fields at Indian Creek

Upper Milford supervisors at their Feb. 16 meeting tabled action on Phase 1B and 2 of the Fields at Indian Creek, after expressing frustration with the many changes the developer, Kay Builders, has made to the plans.

“I’ve had it with this whole entire plan,” Supervisor Robert Sentner complained regarding the proposed 55 and over community with more than 200 homes and townhomes.

Sentner twice made motions not to accept the plans for the two phases, but both motions died for lack of a second.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Kohler tract plans reviewed

Kay Builders representatives met last week with Upper Milford supervisors to review questions related to their plans for the 30-acre Kohler tract in the township.

The company plans some 200 townhomes and twin homes on the property and company representatives wanted direction regarding some of the issues which have been raised by the planning commission.


Thursday, February 2, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Columns

Souper Bowl of Caring at area churches Feb. 5

Happy February! The days are getting longer and the Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday, Feb. 5.

As a former Massachusetts resident and Patriots season ticket holder, I’ll be rooting for Brady and the boys this Sunday!

For many area churches, including St. Peter’s Union Church, this Sunday is also the Souper Bowl of Caring. Join other generous people around the country by dropping a donation of $1 (or more) into the soup bowl as you leave worship service Sunday.

Condition of state roads criticized

Thursday, January 26, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

At an otherwise uneventful supervisors’ meeting Jan. 19, the condition of state roads in the township was criticized to a representative of State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, who was paying his annual visit to the township to listen to its concerns.

Matthew Szuchy, Browne’s local government liaison, found himself bombarded by resident Phil Casey and supervisors with complaints about the roads and the state’s snowplowing efforts.

The township “spends too much energy trying to police your roads,” Casey said. He also complained “your snowplowing is lousy.”


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

DeVault re-elected chairman

At a brief reorganization meeting last week, Upper Milford supervisors elected George DeVault to a third term as chairman. Daniel Mohr was named vice-chairman. They were both nominated by Supervisor Robert Sentner.

All the other appointments and resolutions on the agenda were adopted unanimously and with little or no discussion. They included reappointing Sentner as the board’s representative to the Lehigh County Authority and DeVault to the Agricultural Security Board.

No tax increase in Upper Milford budget

Thursday, January 5, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Upper Milford supervisors adopted the 2017 budget, which includes no property tax increase at the Dec. 29, 2016 meeting. The tax rate holds at .171 mills.

The budget includes $50,000 for a grant to be distributed to the township’s two fire companies, but the vote on how that money is to be distributed was not unanimous. That grant had become contentious because members of the Citizens Fire Company of Vera Cruz had objected to the way the money was directed to be used.


Thursday, January 5, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Columns

Fire company receives new gear

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a delightful holiday season. Life and schedules will be returning to normal this week as kids go back to school and visiting family members leave to go back home.

Call it an early Christmas present. Or maybe an early birthday present. Either way, the 25 members of Station 19, Upper Milford’s Western District Fire Company, are starting off the new year in style – with new firefighting gear and nine new air packs, thanks to a $118,500 federal assistance to firefighters grant received late last year.

Firefighters continue to question grant proposal

Thursday, December 8, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Faced with continued questions from members of the Vera Cruz Fire Department, Upper Milford supervisors last week decided to postpone a vote on the proposed grant of $50,000 to encourage the departments to undertake more training, certification and safety measures.

The $50,000 will remain in the 2017 budget for now, but Solicitor Marc Fisher advised supervisors they will have to decide what to do with it before final passage of the budget.