Lehigh County Commissioners put forth two competing budget amendments aimed at lowering real estate taxes for the 2013 fiscal year at their Oct. 8 meeting.
The first amendment sponsored by Commissioners Scott Ott, Thomas Creighton, Lisa Scheller, Michael Schware and Vic Mazziotti would reduce the $6.5 million tax credit proposed by the county executive by $5 million, and reduce the millage rate to decrease real estate tax revenue by $5 million instead.
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The seventh annual fall festival Oct. 13 at Herbein's Garden Center offers fall colors, mountains of pumpkins, decorating tips and scarecrow making demonstrations.
Several Salisbury volunteer firefighters took time off from work or other activities to take their annual fire safety message to preschool and elementary students in local schools.
"The message does not vary too much from year to year," Western Salisbury Fire Department Chief Joshua Wells said. "But our department has been going into the schools during Fire Prevention Week in October for a number of decades.
Wildalee Acevedo, 31, of Breinigsville, was arrested for DUI on State Route 222 southbound between Kressler Road and Krocks Road, Lower Macungie Township, 3:37 a.m. Sept. 16. Acevedo was stopped for multiple traffic violations and was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol.
Christian Aviles, 28, of New York, N.Y., was arrested for DUI on Interstate 78 at Summit Lawn, Salisbury Township, 1:01 a.m. Sept. 5. Aviles was stopped for a traffic violation and was allegedly found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Macungie Borough Council gave approval for the new proposed location of Lumber Street at its meeting Oct. 15 and work can now proceed on acquiring permits to begin street construction.
The reconstruction of Lumber Street was occasioned by the land development necessary for building a new Devine School day care. Borough Manager Chris Boehm said the new school will go up first and then the borough can proceed with the street. The tentative timeline for completion of the school is the end of 2013, with 2014 as the latest for the completion of the street.
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Traci's Learning Center welcomes Steve Cygan, owner of Appeeling Fruit, Inc. recently to talk about apples.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was recently honored with a Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for consistently voting in favor of the farming community.
"The award recognizes those members of congress who support policies that help farmers obtain profitability with less regulatory interference and increase demand for U.S. products through new uses and enhanced trade opportunities," Arland Schantz, governmental relations director for the Lehigh County Farm Bureau, explained.
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Rowan Hobson, a junior at Emmaus High School, was sworn in as a Junior Emmaus Borough Council member at the Oct. 15 meeting.
Hobson's first meeting sitting alongside members of Emmaus Borough Council included the explanation of potential proposals from both the Emmaus Public Library and the Emmaus Historical Society which offered plans for improving the functionality and appearance of the property the library sits on.
Ida Baliya, 47, of Emmaus, was arrested for DUI in the 000 block of S. Keystone Street, Emmaus, Oct. 5. Baliya was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when she drove her vehicle into a yard.
Timothy Smith, 35, of Coplay, was arrested for DUI in the 200 block of Ridge Street, Emmaus, Oct. 5. Smith was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he drove his vehicle into a parked car.
Steven Romeo, 22, of Allentown, was cited for public drunkenness after he was found curbside in the 300 block of Adrain Street, Emmaus, Oct. 9.