The Jan. 22 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on the definitions and commercial zones in a draft of the township’s new zoning ordinance.
Township Director of Planning Sara Pandl talked about how the zoning ordinance had to protect the township’s natural resources, such as the Little Lehigh and Swabia creeks and South Mountain.
During the Jan. 17 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, several proclamations were issued to several long-term volunteers.
Ann and Craig Bartholomew were honored for their 10 years of service on the historical commission. This service led to Craig Bartholomew writing a book about the history of the township. Their service also led to the creation of the Ann and Craig Bartholomew Museum at Camp Olympic.
The commissioners expressed gratitude for their services and presented the couple with a proclamation.
Emmaus Arts Commission’s 13th annual SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival, noon to 7 p.m. in Emmaus. Activities will take place at Triangle Park, Emmaus Public Library and various venues throughout town. Free parking is available along Main Street, upper and lower lots along Railroad Street and Jubilee Street. For more information, visit www.emmausarts.org.
At the Jan. 17 meeting, Upper Milford Township Supervisors approved an open space program contribution of $24,131.40 toward 21.74 acres owned by Charles and Jennifer Peters; the property is adjacent to the Upper Milford municipal building. Township Planning Coordinator Brian Miller said the township contributes $6,000 per acre for property designated as “open space” meaning that the property cannot be developed and will remain farmland.
The East Penn Board of School Directors took a detailed look at a portion of the administration’s proposed 2019-2020 budget at their Jan. 28 meeting.
Superintendent Kristen Campbell brought a list of elementary school personnel she and Business Administrator Robert Saul recommended be hired as part of their 2019-2020 proposed $1,720,000 preliminary budget. These include an additional guidance counselor, school psychologist and a staff assistant to work with students from kindergarten through grade five. These would be recurring costs.
Many soldiers serving our country in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq had something to smile about in December 2018 as a result of the generosity of Blue Ridge Communications and Pencor offices and their customers who embraced the Keystone Military Families’ Stockings for Soldiers project.
Though the temperature was a chilly 32 degrees, a crowd of some 200, mostly women, gathered at Payrow Plaza beside Bethlehem City Hall for the third annual Women’s March of the Lehigh Valley Jan. 19. This year, however, the Bethlehem Women’s March was not affiliated with the National Women’s March because of a desire to express disapproval of what was seen as anti-Semitism and ties to the Nation of Islam of some of its leaders.