Happy new year!
January is the dead of winter, but if the Upper Milford Youth Association is talking about spring lacrosse, at least we can think spring.
Boys lacrosse registrations for the UMYA spring 2015 season are now open. UMYA will be entering a boys U9 and a boys U11 team into the Lehigh Valley Youth Lacrosse League this upcoming spring season. Final teams will be submitted to the league in early February, so be sure to register soon.
Developers of the Fields at Indian Creek, a 218-unit adult community in Upper Milford Township and the borough of Emmaus, won one and lost one in discussions with Upper Milford supervisors Dec. 18.
During the wide-ranging discussion of the proposal with representatives of Kay Builders, supervisors agreed to one waiver requested by the developer, but opposed another.
Upper Milford supervisors will ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to close the intersection of Indian Creek Road and Cedar Crest Boulevard because they believe it is hazardous.
Indian Creek Road leading up to the intersection is very steep and the intersection is on a curve in Cedar Crest Boulevard.
Chairman Robert Sentner made the suggestion at the Dec. 4 meeting and it passed on a 2-1 vote. Daniel Mohr was opposed.
"We've tried to get PennDOT to do something" about the intersection, Sentner said.
The Upper Milford Board of Supervisors will hold the regular first meeting of the month Dec. 4, with a workshop 7 p.m. and the regular meeting 7:30 p.m. The schedule for the rest of the month has not been determined, but the supervisors often cancel the meeting usually scheduled the second Thursday and hold a brief year-end meeting after Christmas. Check with the township office.
Upper Milford supervisors Nov. 20 adopted a tentative 2015 budget of $2.5 million which holds the line on taxes at the current rate of 0.171 mills. The budget will be advertised and available for review for a month before being finally adopted at supervisors' year-end meeting.
Supervisors made no comment on the proposed budget, which had been discussed at an earlier workshop, other than George DeVault saying, "everybody involved [in preparing the budget] deserves a pat on the back."
Upper Milford supervisors said last week they would consider imposing traffic restrictions at two small intersections on Chestnut Street if the state goes forward with a traffic light at the intersection of Allen and Chestnut streets.
The restrictions would most likely ban left turns from those streets on to Chestnut, thus directing all left turn traffic to the light at Allen Street.
It's church bazaar season.
Upper Milford supervisors are considering implementing Knox Boxes on local businesses.
Knox Boxes are a brand of metal boxes attached to the outside of buildings, usually businesses, with keys to the business locked inside, making access easier for emergency personnel.
The two township fire departments have suggested the system and supervisors Robert Sentner and George DeVault last week said the boxes are a good idea. Supervisor Daniel Mohr was absent to attend the Vera Cruz Halloween parade, delayed a day due to rain.
Sports Illustrated magazine for awhile ran a regular feature called "Sport – Not a Sport" in which it debated whether certain activities, such as cheerleading, ice dancing or synchronized swimming were really sports.
Whether those examples are sports is certainly debatable, at least they all involve some level of physical proficiency and effort.
But there's one activity that is televised on ESPN2, no less, every Fourth of July that is most emphatically not a sport – the disgusting spectacle called the Hot Dog Eating Contest.