The long awaited plan for a trail system has been approved by the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners.
Better known as the Greenway system, it is a system of trails within the township and neighboring communities, mostly along the Swabia and Little Lehigh Creek areas. Commissioners said this is just the beginning; additional information will be forthcoming. A lot of credit was given to Planning Director Sara Pandl for her work on this. Scott Alderfer, from the Environmental Advisory Council, said this plan will help to increase property values within the township.
Emmaus Borough Council approved a $6 fee for use of the compost area to be added to residents' 2013 refuse bill.
The fee, added to resident's garbage bill, will also help fund cards to be used to gain access to the compost area.
The compost area cost the borough $84,377 this year in wages, processing and fuel while only taking in $5,400 in revenue.
The figures for the cost of running the facility do not include pickups of leaves, curbside branches and Christmas trees which, according to Borough Manager Shane Pepe, are estimated to cost another $40,000 to $50,000.
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Prospective students and their parents attend the recent Central Catholic High School open house.
In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, the business of Macungie Borough council grinds back into action, but not without some heartfelt criticism from residents and council members alike at the Nov. 5 meeting.
Due to a "failure in communication," a phrase coined and used by several council members in the course of the evening's debates, trick or treat night proceeded as scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 despite a total lack of light in the borough left in Sandy's devastation.
Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell issued a line-item veto on Lehigh County's proposed budget Nov. 1 effectively issuing a $3.5 million cut in spending to accompany proposed tax credits.
"I am using the veto surgically to correct a problem rather than using it as a blunt instrument to simply say 'no' and force an arbitrary choice. While this veto will be somewhat complicated, its objectives are simple and clear," Hansell said at a press conference Nov. 1 announcing the line-item veto.
The Kiwanis Club of Emmaus is now holding a Florida fruit sale selling tangelos, navel oranges and grapefruit. Call 610-965-3977 to place an order. The last day to order will be Nov. 18 for a Dec. 7 pickup.
The Alburtis Lockridge Historical Society, 406 Franklin Street, Alburtis, will hold a general membership meeting with officer nominations 7 p.m. at their headquarters.
While the rains and wind from Hurricane Sandy subsided in the Lehigh Valley within a matter of days, the financial and emotional toll continues to linger on.
The storm which pummeled coastal regions, destroyed property and left masses of people feeling helpless is now projected to cost $60 billion nationwide.
Central Catholic will hold its 10th annual 40 Hours Retreat Nov. 8 and 9. This event takes place during school hours and fulfills one of the two retreat requirements each student must complete. A very spiritual event, 40 Hours includes many activities, such as Eucharistic Adoration, prayer sessions and a guest speaker. Parents, families, and friends are welcome to join in Adoration and the prayer service which will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Nov 8 in Masson Auditorium. For more information, please visit the school's website at acchs.info.
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Classmates of the 1942 Emmaus High School graduating class celebrate their 70th high school reunion at The Superior Restaurant, 105 Main Street, Emmaus, recently.