Gretchen Naso, principal officer of RKL LCC, briefed Lehigh County commissioners about a five-year financial forecasting model developed to aid in planning.
Naso’s plan, presented at the Nov. 21 meeting of the county board, analyzed Lehigh County’s finances for the last five years to give planners an idea of how financial decisions today may affect the future.
“One of our goals was to allow the commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill it until it becomes more manageable,” she said.
Parkland School District Business Manager John Vignone presented a preview of the 2018-19 budget to the board at its Nov. 21 meeting.
Vignone said the district will not raise taxes more than the 2.4 percent Act 1 Index issued by the state.
Therefore, the maximum allowable mill increase for the new budget will be 0.36, or $36 on every $100,000 of assessed property value.
The new tax rate would be no higher than 15.49 mills.
Northwestern Lehigh Middle School eighth graders received lists of items to find in the old bank building museum during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society’s annual Christmas open house in New Tripoli.
When they found something on their list, the students were to listen to the docent’s explanation and then ask a question.
At that point, the docent would stamp their paper. One visit to a display was required but many of the students collected more.
The papers were then given to Jim Warfel who helped them put an official bank stamp on it.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now accepting applications for home heating assistance, according to Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants.
The program also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.
The Rev. Dody Star Siegfried was installed as the new pastor of Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, during a Eucharist and installation service and dinner Nov. 12.
Siegfried, the daughter of Roger Miller of Nazareth, Northampton County.
She told The Press she felt called by God to serve Jordan Lutheran as the senior pastor.
Marina Martin-Fonseca, Allentown
1/2 package bacon
2/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
6 T. vegetable oil
1 T. vanilla
8 T. cocoa
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Maple cream cheese frosting:
11 oz. cream cheese
2/3 cups butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup pancake syrup
7 oz. chocolate bar, any brand