Attired in his black robe, District Judge Jacob Hammond administered the oath of office, at the Jan. 2 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, to individuals who were successful in the November 2017 Municipal Election.
Christina “Tori” Morgan, who has been a commissioner since 2008, was re-elected, and newcomer Mark Pinsley is starting his first four-year term on the board.
Tax Collector Alvin Thompson and his deputy, Sandra Dieter, were also installed in office.
The board then proceeded with election of officers.
The Journeymen, the men’s ministry group at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will host a chicken potpie dinner 4:30-7 p.m. Jan. 13. Snow date is Jan. 27.
The buffet-style meal will include biscuits with honey butter, pickled cabbage, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, assorted beverages and cake.
All proceeds will go toward The Journeymen’s charitable outreach ministry.
For more information, call 610-767-6884.
Union Lutheran offers midweek Holy Communion services noon every Wednesday in January.
South Whitehall Police Chief John Christman has retired from township employment to take the position director of security services for Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Christman commented during the Jan. 2 South Whitehall Township commissioners’ meeting on his new venture.
“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Christman said. “It’s a big force with about 85 security officers. I have a lot to learn.”
Christman, who led the 39-member police department in South Whitehall, began as a patrol officer in the township 25 years ago.
South Whitehall commissioners have unanimously approved the 2018 general fund budget tax rate of 2.49975 mills, the same as 2017.
The general fund budget covers salaries, benefits, utilities, legal and engineering fees, and pension costs.
Residents will also be billed 0.47 mills for the newly created fire fund.
This tax amounts to $47 on each $100,000 of assessed property values.
This money will be kept separate from the general fund and used only for fire-related purposes to sustain the volunteer fire stations.
Parkland School Board has granted approval to Lehigh Carbon Community College to proceed with plans for relocation of its center city Allentown site.
LCCC board member Roberta Marcus reported classes are presently held in the former Portland Cement Co. building, known as the Donley Center, at 718 Hamilton Street.
She said college officials have tried to retrofit the building through the years but the large cement pillars in most rooms are a drawback.
During the public comment portion of the school board meeting on Dec. 19, several parents expressed concerns about the district’s handling of communication after alleged threats to student safety were received by authorities on Dec. 4.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak explained the threats occurred on a Friday night in a private home.
“On Monday, we found out about a threat and turned it over to police,” Sniscak said. “When an investigation takes place by police, it’s in police hands.
“When law enforcement becomes involved, then it’s turned over to law enforcement.
A group of officers and board members of the Schnecksville Community Fair will travel to Hershey Lodge in January 2018, for the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs 106th annual convention.
They will attend various seminars to find ideas which can be brought back to Schnecksville.
One aspect of the convention is for showmen such as carnival acts, concessionaires and ride operators to publicize what they have to offer.
Performers such as jugglers and musicians will display their talents seeking to be booked by local fairs.
Cirrus, the large black German shepherd working in the South Whitehall police department for six years, has retired.
At a recent commissioners’ meeting, Police Chief John Christman reported Cirrus’ badge will be retired and put on display in the police building along with those of other department retirees.
The reason for the dog’s retirement is his handler, Kyle Golden, has been promoted to sergeant, a supervisory position and they do not have a K-9.
However, Cirrus will remain with Golden, who has been his partner since 2011.
South Whitehall commissioners have given Director of Public Works Jeff Clapper permission to advertise for 2018 lawn mowing services.
At the board’s Dec. 6 meeting, Clapper said he wants to give contractors a chance to see the mowing sites before they become snow covered.
Bids will be done after Jan. 1, 2018.
Clapper said outside help will be used at 50 locations scattered throughout the township.
He commented on the work to be done by non-township workers.
Faith Wesleyan Church, 3356 Route 309, Orefield, will present a live nativity and Bethlehem Christmas experience 7-9 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, and 17.
Participants will enter into a re-created City of Bethlehem to see a cast wearing period costumes. Visitors can be part of the census, interact with merchants and sample simple foods.
Hear what the people of Bethlehem might have been saying that special night so long ago. See the inn and watch as the innkeeper offers Joseph and Mary shelter in the stable.