The snow and ice storm that covered the Lehigh Valley Dec. 14, 2013, did not put a damper on the efforts of Elsie Heist to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary, and to honor her and husband Ronald's best man, Frederick B. Selig III, who had recently passed away.
The Heists' 45 guests (one for each year of their marriage) doggedly braved the weather to celebrate the Snowman-themed event with the couple.
Also being celebrated was all the hard work done to have their Breinigsville property designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat site by the National Wildlife Federation.
Parkland graduate Kristy McKeever, now living in Arizona, was unhappy with what she heard from some stage crew members working on this year's high school spring musical, "The Wizard of Oz," so she started a petition on change.org.
"I decided to start this petition after hearing from current students they were not being given the opportunity to be the lighting designer and the sound designer and board operator," McKeever said in a Feb. 28 email to The Press. "I wouldn't be where I am today, if I had not had those opportunities while I was at Parkland High School.
With 100 percent of the votes counted in North Whitehall's four districts, Republicans Ron Heintzelman and Rich Celmer have been chosen to serve on the North Whitehall Board of Supervisors, according to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration results.
Heintzelman returns to the board for another six-year term having received an unofficial 453 votes in the First District; 330 in the Second District; 598 in the Third and 242 in the Fourth District.
Voters have returned incumbents Christina "Tori" Morgan and Thomas J. Johns to their seats on the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.
Each cross-filed in Tuesday's election for the four-year terms on the board.
According to unofficial results from the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, Morgan received 2,723 of the total 5,204 votes cast.
Johns garnered an unofficial 2,481 votes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.