The Lehigh County Commissioners again voted to table the Green Future Fund, despite the urging of dozens of residents to pass the bill at its Dec. 19, 2012 meeting.
The Green Future Fund would have distributed $1.06 million to park and trail projects across the county including the Martin Luther King Trail in Allentown and the Saucon Rail Trail in Lower Macungie Township.
Among those who showed support for the bill was Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who said he was shocked the "county would turn its back to the voters."
During a brief reorganization meeting last week, Daniel Mohr was re-elected chairman of the Upper Milford Township board of supervisors. George DeVault, the newest member of the board, was elected vice chairman.
All other current representatives and consultants were reappointed, including Marc Fisher as township solicitor and Benchmark Civil Engineering as township engineer.
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The Emmaus Historical Society holds their annual holiday party recently, enjoying entertainment by the Emmaus High School Chorale.
Macungie Mayor Rick Hoffman obtained approval Monday night Jan. 7 to purchase GPS units for the borough's three police department vehicles. This is after losing borough council's vote the first time he requested GPS units because there was not enough money. Hoffman said he now has the funds to cover the units completely for one year because of an end-of-year deal thrown in by Advanced Tracking, the company responsible for producing these tracking units.
More than 100 community and business leaders gathered recently at a gala reception hosted by the Lehigh Valley branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council at DeSales University's University Center to recognize green projects, organizations and individuals.
The Borough of Emmaus was one of three communities recognized in the sustainable community award division.
The 2013 budget was approved at the Dec. 20, 2012 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The budget includes capital improvements with no tax increase and no use of the fund balance.
There will be slight increases in services including a $25 increase in the summer playground program and a $10 increase in the pool pass due to the new slide. There will also be an increase for non-resident fees.
Township Engineer William Erdman discussed the Toll Brothers development, Lehigh Crossings. The decision was reached to reduce the maintenance fee to $35,000.
This is a heartwarming story about Emmaus Fire Department volunteers who went way beyond just putting out a fire.
The firefighters were called about 12:40 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012, to 502 E. Main St. where a fire in the back of the house spread to the adjoining duplex, utterly destroying both homes and consuming everything in them.
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Firefighters from Lower Macungie and Western Salisbury fire departments, along with an EMS unit from Macungie Ambulance, respond to a reported smoke in the dwelling call shortly before 7:30 a.m. Jan 4 at 1620 Hidden Valley Road in Lower Macungie Township.
Each year, Legacy Oaks Social Committee selects a charity and offers residents of the 112 residential units the opportunity to contribute to their Thanksgiving Project.
The Keystone Wounded Warriors was chosen to receive this year's contribution.
The committee contacted the organization's director, Paul Spurgin, who is in charge of Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Spurgin gave several scenarios of men and women who need assistance after returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.