The Upper Lehigh Lions Club presented donations to Northern Valley EMS (NOVA) and the four fire companies in North Whitehall Township at a recent meeting at the Schnecksville Diner.
President Ruthann Krause reports $1,000 was given to each of the volunteer emergency response organizations.
Representatives of each entity provided information on their unit.
Schnecksville Fire Company was established in 1924.
South Whitehall is planning a passive, low-impact park on a hillside along Brickyard Road near the reservoir.
During the March 20 commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope commented on the site.
“It will be on a steep, wooded hillside with beautiful views, abundant wildlife, and a natural meadow,” Cope said.
He reported the park will be named Kohler Ridge at the request of the Kohler family from whom 16 acres were purchased last October.
The Kohler property adjoins 10 acres obtained as open space from the Hills at Winchester development.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will have its annual bazaar with theme baskets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 6.
The event features lunch, baked goods, attic treasures and theme baskets. Drawing for the baskets will be at 2 p.m.
NOVA volunteers are preparing for the Easter bread, paska, fundraiser which will offer 1- or 2-pound loaves, with or without raisins.
Call Julie at 610-262-7749 by April 10 to reserve Easter bread for pickup on April 19.
As he contemplated personnel coverage for the 2019-20 school year, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman reported to The Press on difficulties finding staff for all the subjects offered.
“People aren’t going into teaching,” Troutman said.
Finding individuals to teach physics, chemistry, foreign languages and consumer science has become a challenge.
He noted Mansfield University dropped its consumer science program, which for many years trained teachers in what was once called home economics.
South Whitehall commissioners, during their Feb. 20 meeting, granted preliminary approval to IPT Allentown DC LLC for construction of three warehouses on 86 acres along Crackersport and Eck roads.
Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks bisect the area. South of the railroad, on a 57-acre site, the plan shows a 640,305-square-foot warehouse with 136 loading docks, 404 passenger vehicle parking spaces and 176 trailer oversize slots.
Driveway connections are located at Eck and Crackersport roads.
Four new fire police were sworn in recently by North Whitehall Supervisors’ Chairman Ron Heintzelman at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.
Capt. Don Norder reports Barry Buchecker, Paul Feliceangeli, Alan Fulep and J. Barry Holmes completed the stringent training required for fire police in North Whitehall.
All four men recently completed all the required training and were presented with their fire police badges.
Norder and the new fire police are all members of the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company where they are stationed.
South Whitehall resident Dean Tibak expressed concerns to township commissioners at their board meeting regarding a group home in his neighborhood.
Although sympathetic to the troubled individuals and their need to have a place to live, Tibak is worried about the safety of his young children.
He fears having allegedly violent people so close to other homes in a residential setting.
“The cops are there a lot,” Tibak said, adding he saw one resident throwing chunks of ice at vehicles passing by and another smashing a house window.
The men’s group of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will host a spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. March 30.
The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti with meatballs or sausage, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.
Tickets will be available at the door.
Proceeds will go to Family Promise of Lehigh Valley, an organization committed to improving the lives of homeless children and families.
The goal is to provide meals, lodging and mentorship while the families work toward achieving stability.
Habaneros Mexican Grill, LLC is planning to open at 3104 Hamilton Blvd. across from the historic King George Inn at a site formerly occupied by Cali Burrito.
At their March 6 meeting, South Whitehall commissioners approved the intermunicipal transfer of a liquor license from P.T. Mohan, Inc., 221 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, to the proposed Habaneros Mexican Grill, in Dorneyville.
Speaking on behalf of the Habaneros Mexican Grill, Sean Ganey said the restaurant will seat up to 80 diners, will have approximately 10 employees, and will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted permission for Police Chief Glen Dorney to purchase of IAPRO and Blue Team software to maintain an electronic record of everything happening in the police department.
During the board’s March 6 meeting, Dorney said incidents including use of force, field-level discipline, complaints and pursuits have historically been entered on paper forms.