Upper Milford supervisors at their Jan. 17 meeting set in motion plans to update the township's emergency response plans.
After lengthy power outages the past two years in the aftermath of unusual storms, supervisors and residents have urged the township to come up with more specific plans to deal with such emergencies.
Township Manager Daniel DeLong said this is "something that has to be done," and suggested working with the fire chiefs.
PPL Electric Utilities recently filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to implement a distribution system improvement charge to recover costs associated with new capital investments, under a state law signed in early 2012.
The request could take effect on May 1. The potential impact on a customer's bill is expected to be less than two-tenths of one percent, or seven cents on a typical monthly residential bill for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of usage. Such system improvement charges are designed to provide customers with improved reliability and rate stability.
State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-134th, is asking parents and grandparents who are thinking of starting a college savings account to consider the benefits of opening a Pennsylvania 529 College Saving Program.
"Opening a 529 plan is an investment in our future," Simmons said. "Considering the history of the cost of a college education, there's no better time than now to start saving toward a gift that will pay off down the road."
Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved the use of the Emmaus Triangle for the SnowBlast Winter Festival at the Jan. 21 meeting.
Council also voted to permit the sale of alcohol at the event by a 6-1 margin with Councilman Brian Holtzhafer opposed.
Michael Arndt and Cody Sabaski were appointed to the Emmaus Fire Department at the meeting. Council unanimously approved the appointments after a recommendation by Borough Manager Shane Pepe.
The Allentown Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting applications for their interrupted studies grants. Grants are given to women both residing in, and attending school in, the greater Lehigh Valley area, who have had their college studies interrupted for at least six months and who have returned/are returning to school during the academic year beginning Summer 2013 and ending Spring 2014. Complete information and application forms are available on the AAUW website at aauwallentownpa.org. Deadline for receipt of applications Feb. 16.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH
Friends and family gather Jan. 10 to enjoy a pork and sauerkraut dinner at Lower Milford Fire Company.
PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELAND
Girl Scout Cookies are delivered to the Lehigh Valley.
The Macungie Minstrelaires perform an entertaining concert at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center recently.
Lehigh Carbon Community College will hold a variety of noncredit fitness classes for recreation, body and soul this semester. The following classes will be held at LCCC's main campus in Schnecksville unless otherwise noted.
Balance and Mobility will run 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 4 through March 11.
Belly Dancing will run 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through March 26.
Ballroom Sampler I will run 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, March 1 through 22.
Ballroom Sampler II will run 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 25 through March 18.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, has been re-appointed as Democratic chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. She has served in this position since she was first elected to the Senate in 1998.
The committee reviews legislation involving utility issues and the state boards that license and regulate numerous professions in Pennsylvania.