Lehigh County swore in two new commissioners at the board’s Jan. 4 reorganization meeting.
Taking the oath of office were newcomer commissioners, Republican Marty Nothstein, of Lowhill Township and Democrat Dan Hartzell, of South Whitehall Township.
Also sworn in during the reorganization meeting were re-elected commissioners, Republicans Amanda Holt, of Upper Macungie Township and Brad Osborne, of South Whitehall Township.
Former Commissioner Vic Mazziotti was not re-elected by the voters to serve another term.
Nancy and Brian Smith, of Salisbury Township, have made it their life's mission to ensure the memory of their son Joshua Smith, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps 2003-2011, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan, is not forgotten.
Josh, who suffered from traumatic brain injuries, as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder relating to his military service, took his own life Nov. 5, 2012.
On Aug. 9, the Smiths celebrated what would have been Josh's 30th birthday at a memorial 5K run/walk at Lone Lane Park in Upper Macungie Township.
On Aug. 2, the Emmaus Veterans of Foreign Wars held a benefit event, complete with a Chinese auction, DJ and food, to raise funds for former Coplay resident Jennifer Dietrich, as well as help raise awareness of the tragic accident that nearly took Dietrich's life Jan. 20.
Dietrich was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident the evening of Jan. 20 as she was crossing Route 873 in Schnecksville after completing her shift at the McDonald's Restaurant.
Any decision relating to the future of Cedarbrook Nursing Homes, Allentown, will not take place until after the Labor Day holiday.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners at the July 8 meeting opted to wait until September to proceed with making a decision on the nursing home.
The Cedarbrook Advisory Team presented to the board its final report June 30, recommending renovation or replacement of the nursing home.
Commissioner David Jones Sr. took issue with the board waiting until September. He instead suggested the board act promptly.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners have decided to support a national campaign titled "My Brother's Keeper."
At the May 28 meeting, the board unanimously agreed to become part of the national initiative.
The campaign strives to help young men of color succeed in life.
The approved resolution directs the board to create a plan of action at the local level to ensure the success of area youth.
Commissioner David Jones Sr. spoke in favor of the board supporting the campaign.
It was a time of gratitude and reflection June 12 as 30 members of the Lehigh Valley Christian High School Class of 2015 officially crossed over from student to graduate.
The commencement exercise, held at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Allentown, began with the soft tolling of the bell and the new graduates walking in twos down the aisle of the church and ultimately taking their seats in the front of the sanctuary.
Valedictorian Adeline Guthrie, of Emmaus, said it was a privilege spending the past four years with her classmates.
The future of Cedarbrook Nursing Home remains in limbo.
At the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners May 13 meeting, the board refused to move forward with a study to analyze ways to renovate the nursing home.
The board instead agreed it would abstain from taking any action on the nursing home while a committee known as the Cedarbrook Advisory Team is determining its future.
Rick Molchany, director of general services for the county, requested the board provide funding for proposals on engineering and architectural design studies for the D wing.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners have appointed two new individuals to boards.
At the April 22 meeting, the board appointed Lower Macungie resident Deana Zosky to the Lehigh County Authority and John Crampsie, of North Whitehall Township, to the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.
In the first round of voting for Zosky, only Commissioner David Jones Jr. cast a vote of support.
Commissioners Geoff Brace, Thomas Creighton and Amanda Holt cast their votes for Lower Macungie resident Jeremy Melber.
Lehigh County's seal which includes a cross in the center is staying.
The board of commissioners at its March 25 meeting unanimously agreed the seal will remain.
Back in November, Attorney Patrick Elliott, of the Freedom From Religion Organization, based in Madison, Wisc., sent the county a letter, arguing the seal violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller announced March 26 the fiscal close out of 2014 for the county looks much better than initially anticipated.
Based on preliminary numbers, the county expects to end 2014 $2.3 million less than what was budgeted.
"This strong fiscal performance is a result of the hard work that Lehigh County employees do every day," Muller said.