Kevin T. Deely Jr. called State Representative Justin Simmons, R-131st, to concede the race for the district seat in the Pennsylvania House Nov. 19.
According to the numbers provided by the voter registration offices of Northampton and Lehigh counties, the race was officially decided by a total of 416 votes.
In Lehigh County, the separation was only by one vote with 12,972 for Simmons and 12,971 for Deely.
Simmons received 1,293 votes in Northampton County while Deely only pulled 878 voters creating a separation of 415 votes.
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Kyle and Kasee Beller visit with Santa Claus at the South Mall, 3300 Lehigh St., Allentown, after his official arrival Nov. 17.
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Church of the Nazarene, Macungie, was the host church for a community-wide Thanksgiving eve service Nov. 21.
Macungie's long-shelved downtown streetscape plan may see the light of day again as council members and business owners stir up interest.
Council was chaired Nov. 19 by Chris Becker as both president Jean Nagle and vice president Greg Hutchison were absent. Becker kept council's deliberations on track, nudging focus back to what he saw as the central issue for that evening's discussion confirming enough interest from council to continue more formal discussions in the future toward revisiting the streetscape plan.
Cleanup of Buckeye Road in the wake of the Nov. 11 fatal accident is going to take some time, Upper Milford Township Manager Daniel DeLong told supervisors at their Nov. 15 meeting.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has jurisdiction over the cleanup and is removing all the soil from around the road to test for contamination by diesel fuel.
"The DEP has basically told PennDOT they don't care if the road is closed for two years," DeLong said.
Jackson Jeffrey Fu, son of Jeffrey and Kathleen Fu, of Macungie, and a member of Boy Scout Troop 439 in Allentown, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
He joined Cub Scouts in the first grade and earned the Arrow of Light Award before crossing over to Boy Scouts. As a Boy Scout, he held positions of leadership as librarian and patrol leader.
Jackson earned 40 merit badges and several other Scouting awards including the World Conservation Award, the Wildlife Conservation Award, and two religious awards, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII.
The Carbon Model Railroad Society will hold an open house at 529 Ore St., Bowmanstown 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays Nov. 29 through Jan. 3. It will also be open 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 24 through Dec. 9 and again the weekend of Jan. 5.
The main "HO" scale display is in various stages of completion and is an excellent learning tool. The club's portable "HO" and "N" displays will be in operation on the second floor. There will be new and pre-owned accessories for sale. Admission is free.
For more information, call Garry Mack at 610-862-6636.
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Approximately 70 of Lower Macungie Middle School's National Junior Honor Society students serve Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens at the school Nov. 16.
Lehigh County Commissioners let a budget amended by County Executive Bill Hansell stand at their Nov. 14 meeting.
The amended budget was returned to the commissioners by the executive who vetoed amendments to the budget that would have cut $5 million in spending and reduced real estate revenues by a little over $5 million. Instead the budget was amended by Hansell to include a total of $3.5 million in spending cuts to specific line items and a reduction in real estate revenues by $3 million.
Lehigh Valley Christian High School survived Hurricane Sandy relatively unscathed. Our building, on Howertown Road in Catasauqua, never lost electricity, heat or Internet service, nor was there any flooding. Some of the aluminum facing on the front top of the building got ripped off or bent back but that is the only damage we could find. We are very grateful.
As a result of Sandy, we had to make some calendar changes. The fall athletic awards night was rescheduled for Nov. 15.