The Emmaus High School Class of 2016 graduated June 12 at Stabler Arena.
Receiving their diplomas were 598 graduates amid the usual ceremonies including the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” led by the EHS orchestra conducted by Connie Arnold. The EHS Chorale, directed by Rita Cortez, sang the school’s alma mater. The graduates entered to the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Principal David Piperato welcomed everyone including members of the Class of 1966.
At the June 2 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners made a decision on the location of the dog park. The choices included Creamery Park and Spring Creek Estate. Creamery Park appeared, at one point, to be the better choice but after visiting the locations, Spring Creek Estates was chosen.
Commissioner Brian Higgins said Creamery Park had limited parking as one of its drawbacks. Spring Creek Estates Park is more centrally located.
Roger Williams, representing Friends for Lower Macungie Township Dog Park and 7,300 dogs who reside in Lower Macungie Township attended the May 19 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the status of the dog park.
The township approved construction of a dog park at Camp Olympic; however, the Lehigh County Conservation District needed a permit modification. The change is expected to take approximately three to six months and will add additional costs.
During the May 5 Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners meeting, Julie McDonnell was presented with a plaque from the commissioners for 22 years of service with the parks and recreation board. The commissioners expressed their gratitude for her outstanding years of service.
A letter was read from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding brake retarder usage on Route 100 at the April 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting. The request for brake retarder prohibition had been made before. It is now official that brake retarders are not to be used along Route 100 in Lower Macungie Township. Signs will be posted as soon as possible. Atty. Richard Somach, solicitor, will prepare an ordinance.
Emergency Management Coordinator Dale Frizzell has resigned and Barb Ferri was appointed to the position.
The Hamilton Crossings project is moving along and its progress was reported at the April 7 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners.
Target is expected to open by the end of July. The shopping center is at 96 percent occupancy. The goal was to attract leading retailers.
Eyer Middle School hosted a showcase of performances by dance teams from area studios, academies and schools recently.
At the March 17 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Mack Trucks presented redesign and renovation plans of theMacungie facility.
Mack has proposed more parking along Alburtis Road, additional loading docks and more office space. The proposed plan will make for segregated parking. There will be a parking lot for employees and one for trucks.
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission representatives made a presentation about therole and responsibilities of the commission in the community including housing, industry and transportation.
At the March 8 planning commission meeting, William Simonds presented his subdivision plan for a lot at 3612 Orchid Place. The area is zoned low-density residential but is a 100-year flood plain and has more than a 25 percent slope. The area is intended for a single family detached development with one to three homes per acre. The plan is to work with the natural land features, particularly the slope.
Phase One of the Stone Hill Meadows project was approved at the March 3 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
This project allows for 24 single family lots off Gehman Road. The roadways will be private and there will be a walking trail which will connect with the township trail. The development will also have 70 percent open space which will be surrounding the creek running through the area.