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Editor's View

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Voters and political candidates both needed for America's success

By the time you read this, the Nov. 5 election will be over.

Votes will be tallied and new mayors, council members, supervisors, school board members, county commissioners and county executives will have been chosen.

Voters will also have decided on future funding of the Parkland and Salisbury Township libraries.

There could be close races, some write-in votes may still remain to be counted and a recount or two might be requested.

Of course, the winners will not be officially announced for a couple weeks.

Parkland voters close book on library millage increase

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters in the Parkland School District, residents of Upper Macungie, North Whitehall and South Whitehall townships, have decided not to increase their taxes to pay for a new library.

A ballot question in Tuesday's Municipal Election asked voters if the current library tax should be increased to 0.2978 mills to pay for a construction loan and for operation of the library until July 1, 2035, or until loan repayment, when the millage would decrease to 0.1895 mills.

Creighton given another term

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Republican Commissioner Tom Creighton of Lynn Township has received another four-year term on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners representing District 1.

Voters gave Creighton 5,843 votes of the total 10,253 cast, earning him 57 percent of the total, according to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers.

Democrat Bill Leiner Jr. of Coplay garnered an unofficial 4,410 votes, 43 percent, on Tuesday.

Creighton emailed The Press Wednesday morning with comments on the election results.

Muller to lead Lehigh County

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County voters on Tuesday chose Democrat Thomas Muller to serve a four-year term as county executive.

Muller, who for the past seven years has served as county director of administration, garnered 52 percent of the total 45,214 votes cast beating Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott, a fiscal conservative, by an unofficial 23,369-21,845 votes.

During the campaign, Muller stressed balancing the quality of life in the county with maintaining essential county services.

Brunell chosen in Upper Mac

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Garnering an unofficial 68 percent of the vote, according to Lehigh County Voter Registration, Republican Jim Brunell will be the new member on Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors.

Brunell received an unofficial 1,824 votes out of the total 2,677 cast for a six-year term on the board.

Democrat Chris Casey garnered an unofficial 853 votes, 32 percent of the total. Casey emailed The Press Wednesday morning with comment on the election.

Dougherty returns to L.C. board

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters have decided Republican Percy H. Dougherty will return for another four-year term serving as the District 2 representative on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

According to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration results, Dougherty received 6,594 votes, 57 percent of the total 11,571 votes cast.

Dougherty, a resident of Shepherd Hills, is a retired Kutztown University professor.

He has a Ph.D. in physical geography and geology from Boston University with a specialization in water resources and limestone landforms.

Editor's View

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Volunteer firefighters don't horse around

Except for the urban areas in the Lehigh Valley, when 911 is dialed, it is volunteer, not paid firefighters who respond.

Although called "firefighters," the men and women who serve the suburban and rural areas of the Valley are often tasked with more than fighting fires.

The majority of their emergency responses tend to be for motor vehicle accidents, especially with Interstate 78, and major transportation routes, such as Routes 309 and 100 running through their coverage areas.

Mayor invites businesses to Allentown Weisenberg Twp. man seeks city jobs

Thursday, June 20, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Mayor Ed Pawlowski may be the best advocate for the City of Allentown, and he is inviting businesses to set up shop in his town.

During a recent Mayor's Breakfast Series of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Hamilton Family Restaurant, Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown, Pawlowski brought along several department representatives to provide business owners a peek inside city hall and the one-stop shopping available for them to move into the city.

Brunell to face Casey in Upper Mac

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to unofficial results in Tuesday's primary election, it appears voters will not see longtime incumbent Ed Earley's name on the November ballot for Upper Macungie Township supervisor.

Challenged by fellow Republican James Brunell in Tuesday's primary election, Earley garnered an unofficial 269 votes, according to Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers.

Brunell received an unofficial 427 votes.

Earley was appointed in 2002 to fill the unexpired term of Von George. He was elected in 2004 to a four-year term and, in 2008,was elected to a full six-year term.