Gov. Tom Corbett recently presented his proposed 2013-2014 budget before the General Assembly in Harrisburg.
While his $28.4 billion spending plan is nearly a 2.4 percent increase from last year's budget, it does not call for any tax increase.
The plan does include a $90 million or 1.7 percent increase in state funding for basic education, the first in two years, bringing the total to nearly $5.5 billion, the highest level of state funding for school districts.
Horsham-based Bimbo Bakeries USA, which makes Arnold and Stroehmann breads, is building a new state-of-the-art bakery in Upper Macungie Township.
The company, which is planning a $75 million facility at 105 Boulder Drive, Breinigsville, will produce bread and buns for the Northeast.
More than 100 jobs are expected to come to the area when it begins operation in early 2014.
Construction of the 240,000-square-foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified plant (LEED) is expected to begin in a few months and be completed by the end of this.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a one-act show, is being presented by local Christian theater group, Players of the Stage.
Based on Barbara Robinson's work of the same name, the play tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after being told there will be snacks served.
Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday School's Christmas play.
Laurel Strickland portrays Beth Bradley. Natalie Sampsell plays Grace Bradley.
Actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing their version of "The Amateurs" for the past two months.
This three-act play is based on John Kendrick Bangs book, "The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces."
The play tells the story of a group of friends from the 1880s who are amateurs at everything they do, including riding a bicycle.
Matthew Buonanno portrays Robert Yardsley. Stephen Gahman plays Jack Barlow.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was recently honored with a Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for consistently voting in favor of the farming community.
"The award recognizes those members of congress who support policies that help farmers obtain profitability with less regulatory interference and increase demand for U.S. products through new uses and enhanced trade opportunities," Arland Schantz, governmental relations director for the Lehigh County Farm Bureau, explained.