Keith Sten, of Macungie, was named to the SUNY Geneseo dean's list for the fall semester.
Lindsey C. Edelman, daughter of Bruce and Diane Edelman, of Macungie, and a 2009 graduate of Emmaus High School, was named to the dean's list for the fall semester.
Sarah E. Holler, daughter of Paul and Nancy Holler, of Allentown, and a 2012 graduate of Salisbury High School, was named to the dean's list for the fall semester.
Nicole M. Klein, daughter of Crystal Klein, of Emmaus, and Robert Klein, of Glen Gardner, N.J., and a graduate of Emmaus High School, was named to the dean's list for the fall semester.
David Jaindl, owner of Jaindl Land Development, attended the Board of Commissioners meeting Jan. 17 to introduce a new plan for the Spring Creek Properties.
Attorney Joseph Zator addressed "the battle that has been going on for two years. This has gotten personal. Through it all, the Board of Commissioners has maintained their decorum."
Zator continued to say the battle has been taken to social media with a "lack of respect for judges on the Commonwealth Court." Zator said "anyone acting indecent should be ignored."
Despite protracted deliberations amongst the board initiated by Lynn Donches, meetings of the tax increment financing committee will not be open to the public.
Meetings of the participating entities Lower Macungie Township, East Penn, and Lehigh County will, however, be publicly advertised with the opportunity for comment and a public hearing must be held by Lower Macungie Township with 30 days' notice. Donches moved the proposal in the interest of transparency and inclusion of the public.
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.