Renew Lehigh Valley will hold a series of public meetings to engage the residents of the Lehigh Valley in a regional planning project called Envision Lehigh Valley. The public meetings will garner residents' views and input on the overall quality of life in their neighborhood and the greater Lehigh Valley and engage the residents of the Lehigh Valley in an integral planning process for the future of the community.
The Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Road, Quakertown, will host a winter coat drive through Oct. 14. This is the 17th year of the drive and over 500 coats were distributed last year. Coats will be donated to the local Salvation Army and the Milford Square Women's and Children's Shelter.
Emmaus Borough Council passed the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting parking on Apple Street near the Williams Street playground at the Oct. 1 meeting.
The ordinance would put up a sign prohibiting visitors of the park from parking on the grassy part of Apple Street to the right of the parking lot. Council President Lee Ann Gilbert said neighbors have complained about the cars blocking the entrances to their homes. One neighbor was told to place no parking signs on the gates outside of his house, but Gilbert said the sign did not fix the problem.
September is National Preparedness Month and the board of commissioners passed a resolution at their Sept. 26 meeting to honor the American Red Cross for their service to Lehigh County.
"Part of the Red Cross' mission is to help people prepare for emergencies," Commissioner Brad Osborne said. "On average the American Red Cross of Greater Lehigh Valley responds to an emergency every three days, the majority of which are residential fires."
Sixteen Lehigh County collection points gave valley citizens an opportunity to get rid of old, unused and outdated prescription drugs in a safe manner under the auspices of county law enforcement and health department officials.
The event was held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 to allow residents to safely dispose of pills, liquids and pet medications without discarding them into trash or sewer outlets, and ultimately, the environment.
Financial Consultant Gary Pulcini spoke to the commissioners at their Sept. 20 meeting about refinancing bonds within Lower Macungie. The refinancing of $3.2 million in bonds would cost about $75,000 and would pay down the debt 10 years earlier. Another $2 million would be taken out of the fund balance and paid directly to the debt. This action would save the township $235,000. For more detailed information, visit lowermac.org.
Forgotten Felines and Fidos will hold a shot clinic for dogs and cats from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 at 9645 Hamilton Blvd, Breinigsville.
There will be a cost for rabies and distemper vaccinations.
Dogs must be on leash and cats must be in carriers.
For more information, call 610-841-1736.
Press photos by Jim Marsh
DevonHouse General Manager Vickie Snyder presents gifts to area organizations.