The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated during the full moon of the first month of spring.
Although it is difficult to tell it is spring this year, the Hirsch family did have its traditional meal.
The special dinner, called a Seder, on the first two nights of Passover are observed to celebrate the Exodus and the release of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage.
This year, on the second night, this reporter and husband, Sy, went to New York City, where we had dinner with my brother and his family.
There were 26 at the Seder, both friends and family.
A failure in an HVAC unit on the roof caused Northern Lehigh High School to be evacuated Monday morning.
The incident occurred around 10 a.m. April 16, according to Superintendent Matthew Link, who said students and staff exited the building, and a short time later, entered the middle school auditorium.
“The cause of the fire alarm was due to a failure in an HVAC unit on the roof that sent smoke and an odor into sections of the building,” Link said. “The evacuation went as planned, and at no time was anyone in danger.”
Lehigh County Authority’s effort to have its charter extended 50 years collapsed April 11 when Lehigh County commissioners voted 6–3 to reject a proposed amendment to LCA’s articles of incorporation.
The decision seemed to catch LCA CEO Liesel M. Gross by surprise.
Gross had spoken to commissioners in support of the resolution.
“I want to know the path forward,” Gross said to commissioners following the vote to deny the amendment extending the water and sewer authority’s charter.
During the public comment portion of the April 4 South Whitehall board of commissioners meeting, several residents stepped forward to express concerns about the future of the township.
Michael Wolk, 1100 block of Valley Forge Road, from South Whitehall Concerned Citizens About Ridge Farm, said his group is distressed over the housing density and commercial development of the proposed 190-acre project which includes 741 housing units.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, announced April 17 he will soon be leaving Congress.
“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said.
“Serving the people of the 15th Congressional District has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington.
The Allen High School graduate, who died at age 21, after serving only three months in Vietnam, was quietly buried at Grand View Cemetery, South Whitehall Township, by his family and friends.
He and wife, Dorothy, who has never remarried, had only been married five months when he was killed.
With encouragement from Mack’s wife, and his sister, Evelyn Crowson, both of whom live in slatington, plans were made to honor Pfc. Mack with a full military funeral on the 50th anniversary of his death.