Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, has announced he will not seek reelection in 2018 for an eighth term in the House of Representatives.
Dent released the following statement on Sept. 7:
“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in 2018 for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It has been a high honor and great responsibility to serve the people of the 15th District, and I am proud of my time in Congress.
“Since the government shutdown in 2013, my family and I have engaged in periodic discussions regarding my future in public service.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, has announced he is seeking the seat now held by Congressman Charlie Dent in the 15th Congressional District.
Dent announced on Sept. 7 he would not be seeking an eighth term in office.
Mackenzie released the following statement on Sept. 8 announcing his candidacy:
“With the support of my community, family, and friends, I am running for Congress to be our voice in Washington.
“Our nation works best when Americans are in the driver’s seat.
As people got off the shuttle bus the first drops of rain came down, but it did not last, although drizzle was felt several other times throughout the day.
The 14th annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival, in downtown Hamburg, took place Sept. 2 with streets closed to provide a site for vendors and activity groups to set up.
The Haines family — Justin, Ashley, Robert and Todd — were eating burgers and fries from Spuds of Kutztown.
Robert Haines said they always dress up for the festival and enjoy the day. Many people wore hamburger hats such the one worn by Todd Haines.
Three adults and six children were injured after a 2014 Ford Fusion struck their 2015 Chevrolet Traverse 1:45 p.m. Sept. 4 on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.
According to State Police Troop M Fogelsville, the car driven by Joseph Jeffrey Farese, 21, of Riegelsville, left its lane of travel and side swiped the SUV driven by Camelo Juarez-Pena, 46, of Bayonne, N.J.
The SUV then hit a metal guardrail causing extensive damage.
Police say one occupant in the SUV was partially ejected.
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Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment, an outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley for adults age 55 and older, is holding a lecture Sept. 15 in room 135 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley.
The lecture “Picture This: The Evolution of Photography 1980-present” will be given by Christos Karfakis, a contemporary photo-historian.
The demise of Kodak, the Space/Spy program, “a camera in every pocket,” and modern day photographers and their works will be covered.
South Whitehall commissioners have approved the purchase of new computerized equipment for the township water system at a cost of $273,156.
The Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition technology will be purchased from Will Business Applications Inc.
At a recent meeting, Jerry Charvala, South Whitehall utilities group leader, explained the new technology will control the entire water system.
SCADA will monitor chlorine residuals, control pumps, check tank levels and provide pressure readings, Charvalla said.
Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society is hosting their fall festival noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 at 4585 Werleys Corner Road, New Tripoli.
There will be food, a bake sale and children’s activities including a fish pond, pumpkin and hex sign painting, bean bags, straw maze and watermelon eating contest for all ages.