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PennDOT unveils plans for Route 222 and Schantz

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township hosted show-and-tell time July 21 at Independent Park so PennDOT could unveil plans for improvement of the Route 222, Schantz Road and Route 863 intersections.

The project involves reconstruction of a portion of Route 222 in Maxatawny Township, Berks County, with the major portion of construction in Lehigh County.

The plans include construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 222 and Independent/Farmington Roads.

A one-mile section of Route 222 will be widened to two lanes in both directions with a center, left turn lane.

Mark Hills returns to N. Whitehall board

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

There were no Democrat candidates on the May 19 primary ticket for the open seat on the North Whitehall Board of Supervisors.

Republicans Mark Hills, a former supervisor, and incumbent Richard Celmer were vying for their party's nomination for the 6-year term, starting in 2016.

Hills was appointed supervisor in 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Jerry Joseph.

Celmer unseated Hills in the May 2013 primary and beat Democrat Sam Neas in the November 2013 election for a two-year seat on the board.

Upper Mac Police Chief Colón attends security seminar

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Less than a dozen people attended Upper Macungie supervisors' July 2 meeting, two days before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

During the meeting, township Administrator Dan Olpere praised Police Chief Edgardo Colón on his attendance at the Army War College in Carlisle.

One of only 163 candidates selected out of the entire country for this training concerning national security, Colón was nominated by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey to attend the seminar.

U. Macungie declares June 4 Samir Ashmar Day

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

With his emotions showing, Chairman Jim Brunell read a proclamation to the audience and to the family of the late Samir Ashmar declaring June 4 Samir Ashmar Day.

Ashmar was eulogized for his untiring work in the township and for his service as supervisor.

The former vice chairman of the board of commissioners died unexpectedly Nov. 20, 2014, at age 51.

Ashmar served on the township planning commission and the authority since 2006.

Chief Stewart updates board

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Neffs Fire Company Chief Jim Stewart, also president of the North Whitehall Emergency Services Organization, gave North Whitehall supervisors an update of the organization's services.

The group has purchased a Utility Task Vehicle, known as a UTV, for firefighting and rescue operations in remote areas in the township.

The vehicle, on a trailer, is housed at the Schnecksville Fire Company.

Total cost for this piece of equipment was $48,000.

Stewart told the board reflective address sign sales are making progress. They are sold to the public at slightly over cost.

Work, water level at Leaser Lake are progressing

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

The countdown has begun.

Only two more feet to add until the water flows over the spillway of Leaser Lake in Lynn Township.

Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation Chairman George White, reported at the group's May 28 meeting, held in the parking lot on the west side of the lake, when the handicapped fishing pier and the kayak launch are completed, the remaining logs will be placed to complete filling of the lake.

The water level was held at this point so the piers could be constructed.

The thought is that both of these projects can be completed within two weeks.

Officer Rohrbach honored

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors recently honored one of its police officers for a heroic deed he performed while he was addressing students at Fogelsville Elementary School.

Officer William J. Rohrbach, while giving a lecture on the duties and challenges of a police officer, saw one of the students was apparently choking.

Rohrbach immediately went into action and helped the child overcome the problem and possibly saved the child's life.

K-9 Pako officially retires from police department

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township Police Department's K-9, Pako, was officially retired at the supervisors' April meeting.

Supervisor Chairman Jim Brunell read a proclamation lauding the service Pako had given the township.

The K-9 was responsible for finding people, discovering hidden drugs and apprehending criminals.

Pako who is almost 9 and a half years old and had suffered an accident while in training, resulting in him having a stroke from which he is still recovering.

He will be living the rest of his years with his handler and partner, Officer Ryan Rhoads.

North Whitehall Twp supervisors approve various ordinances

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall supervisors adopted four ordinances at their recent meeting.

The first concerned changes to the parks and recreation statute.

Wording was changed to allow the carrying of unconcealed weapons across township property.

Open carrying of weapons will be allowed but no hunting or trapping will be allowed on township property.

The next three ordinances concerned cable franchise agreements with Blue Ridge Cable, Service Electric and RCN. The new agreements will be for a period of 10 years.

Board awaits DCNR comment on Ironton Rail Trail project

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall Secretary Brenda Norder noted at the opening of the regular supervisors' meeting the township office would be closed April 3 for Good Friday.

She also reminded everyone tires will not be accepted for recycling before April 1.

In other matters, the Timm and Nancy Stoudt subdivision was before the board again for a time extension.

Supervisors agreed to give a 180-day extension to complete the subdivision.

The board voted to return the 2014 township property taxes to a resident under the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption.