East Penn Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Farming course

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Penn State

Have you ever thought of starting your own small farm or agricultural business?

Maybe you’ve envisioned taking a second career or hobby-farming venture to the next level?

“Exploring the Small Farm Dream,” a three-evening course series is scheduled 6-9 p.m. Sept. 11, 18 and 25 at Gracedale Nursing Home (Tower One Conference Room and Victorian Gardens Room), 2 Gracedale Ave., Nazareth.

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Plan for Cedarbrook Road Industrial Park land development approved

At the Aug. 15 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, approval of Resolution 2019-26 was obtained for the amended preliminary/final plan for the Cedarbrook Road Industrial Park land development. The amended plan calls for relocation of storage bins for New Enterprise Stone and Lime which will facilitate easier access. The change involves moving from Lot 1A to Lot 1B.

A permit was required due to possible pollution of the local water source. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System approved the plan and issued the permit.

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Debt service refinancing saves district $448,963

The East Penn Board of School Directors was pleased to hear at the Aug. 26 meeting the district saved $448,963 by refinancing their outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series A of 2012 and General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2014.

The newly created General Obligation Bonds Series of 2019 has $12,170,000 in principal with an overall arbitrage yield of 1.352253 percent. According to Business Administrator Robert Saul, there will be $427,473 in savings realized during the first year, with the remainder “sprinkled throughout the remaining nine years” of the 10-year bond issue.

LOWER MILFORD TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by JACOB MELUSKEY in Local News

Public works reports on roadwork

The Aug. 15 Lower Milford Township Supervisors meeting was conducted with only one supervisor, Donna Wright, present. Supervisor Michael Snovitch was available via telephone and Supervisor John Quigley was absent for a second consecutive meeting.

After all minutes, bills and short reports were approved, Wright moved on to the public works report. Lower Milford has been experiencing many difficult situations with their roadways recently.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Human Services contract reviewed

Lehigh County Commissioners Aug. 14 suspended “rules of the board” and added the long-delayed and much-belabored Human Service’s union contract to its agenda. Even that simple act was not without drama as commissioners voted 8–1 to authorize the exception to regular order which allowed the contract to be added to the already published agenda. Commissioner Geoff Brace objected suspending the rules to add the contract to the agenda in such an irregular fashion.

Human Services workers have been working without an agreement since Dec. 31, 2018.

UNITED WAY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by DANIELLE DERRICKSON AND NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Report: Many Pennsylvania families struggling

More than 1.8 million families in Pennsylvania who don’t qualify for federal assistance still struggle to afford essentials like housing, food, child care and transportation, according to a recently released United Way of Pennsylvania report. This represents about 37 percent of households in the commonwealth.

Despite earning above the federal poverty level, the United Way of Pennsylvania’s Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed – or ALICE – report says, those families’ incomes fall short of the basic cost of living.