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Monday, June 17, 2019

Farmland preservation discussion at meeting

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the May 6 North Whitehall supervisors meeting, Township Manager Jeff Bartlett mentioned the upcoming May 21 ballot question concerning a proposed tax to be used toward farmland and open space preservation.

Unofficial results from Lehigh County Voter Registration Office show 1,183 of North Whitehall voters, 64.79 favored paying a 1/10th of one mill tax to be used exclusively for the preservation of farmland and open space.

An unofficial 643 voters, 35.21 percent of the total said no to the tax.

Armstrong encourages county residents to complete census forms

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong attended the Upper Macungie supervisors May meeting to answer questions and address any concerns the board may have.

Armstrong said the county has begun working on the census program for 2020.

He urged everyone to fill out their form and return it.

In the last census, 30 percent of county residents were missed, helping to make Pennsylvania second in the nation with uncounted residents.

The county’s slogan for the census is “We’re counting on you” and they are hoping for a good response, Armstrong said.

Upper Macungie awards bids for roads

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Resolutions and ordinances took up the major portion of the Upper Macungie Township supervisors’ agenda at their April meeting.

The board adopted an ordinance setting the speed limit at 35 mph along the entire length of Packhouse Road to the Weisenberg Township line.

The second ordinance established a truck prohibition on Bastian Lane while the third amended the rules pertaining to the township’s parks by allowing alcohol to be served at special events.

N. Whitehall OKs tax credits for volunteers

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During their April 1 meeting, North Whitehall supervisors discussed a proposed ordinance to allow a tax credit for volunteers who help at fire company functions and at Northern Valley Ambulance Corps.

The tax credit would be a way of showing appreciation for their efforts.

After some discussion, and support from some fire company and NOVA members, including Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley, NOVA Director of Administration Kristi Wilk and Neffs Fire Chief Jim Steward, the ordinance was adopted by the board.

Scouts present ideas for park

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

At the opening of the North Whitehall supervisors meeting, a commendation was read thanking Rick Miller for his 30 years of service to the community by serving on the township recreation board.

The commendation stated Miller’s service to the community was greatly appreciated.

In other matters, members of the Girl Scout Troop 6088 were present to give supervisors an idea of what they propose to do in Kolapechka Park.

Kaitlyn Mericle and Keaira Lutz have plans for the addition of a handicapped ramp, along with the addition of pebble flex safety surfacing.

Hope Community Church hosts annual Sportsmen’s Banquet

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the recent Hope Community Church Sportsmen’s Banquet members of the congregation showed a great deal of respect toward each other, and courtesy, civility and helpfulness to each other and to the dinner guests.

This yearly event brings the community together and is a good distraction from the winter cold, snow and ice.

The Sportsmen’s Banquet is a time to greet old friends and make some new ones.

After the introduction by Bill Vanartsdalen and the invocation by Pastor Ken Kalisz, dinner was served.

SangriaFest coming to Upper Macungie

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

If all goes well, ArtsQuest SangriaFest will be coming to Upper Macungie Township’s Grange Park in addition to the yearly event at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

ArtsQuest Chief Operating Officer Curt Mosel attended the Upper Macungie supervisors’ Feb. 7 meeting to give them an overview of the project.

Board members then had a lengthy discussion on his request.

The vote was 2-1 in favor of allowing ArtsQuest to set up at the park. Supervisor Jim Brunell was the lone “no” vote.

North Whitehall donates to NOVA, fire companies

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

The annual donations to North Whitehall service organizations were given out by supervisors at their Feb. 4 meeting.

The IRT Oversight Committee received $500, Upper Lehigh Historical Society $2,600 for the Schneck House and NOVA received $28,000.

Schnecksville, Tri-Clover Fire, Neffs and Laurys Station fire companies each received $18,168.

The amount given to NOVA and the fire companies reflects half their donations for the year.

The second half will be distributed later in the year.

Two announcements were made at the meeting.