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Rap of the Gavel

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Meetings are held in municipal buildings unless otherwise noted.



South Whitehall Township Planners, 7 p.m. agenda review; 7:30 p.m. to review: 1) McDonald's preliminary/final plan to further develop property at 3860 Hamilton Blvd. 2) Ordinances regarding detached single-family cluster development in R-3 zoning district; clear sight triangle regulations; removing requirement for low-flow channels in stormwater detention basins; and SALDO requiring consistency with comprehensive plan and official map. 3) Rutz Farm sketch plan for 3951 Walbert Ave.

Emergency responders awarded state grants

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, has announced 15 volunteer fire and emergency response organizations within Berks and Lehigh counties, in his district were awarded nearly $120,000 in state funding under an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

L.C. commissioners debate LCA's charter extension

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners have discussed a plan to extend the Lehigh County Authority's charter.

The LCA, which provides water for a majority of the county, currently has 36 years remaining on its charter, but it needs to be extended to 50 years for the authority to bid on the lease for Allentown's water.

Dr. Percy H. Dougherty seeking re-election to commissioner's seat

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Dr. Percy H. Dougherty is seeking another term to represent District 2 on the nine person Lehigh County Commissioner board.

The district covers the townships of South Whitehall and Upper and Lower Macungie, and the Borough of Alburtis.

Dougherty, 69, a resident of Shepherd Hills, is a retired Kutztown University professor.

He has a Ph.D. in physical geography and geology from Boston University with a specialization in water resources and limestone landforms.

Active spring in Upper Mac

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors had quite a few items on their agenda Feb. 7 but it didn't take long to get through them.

After approving the previous minutes and ordering payment of bills, they dove into the business at hand.

Supervisor Kathy Rader gave the recreation board report.

The rec commission elected Rich Kiser as chairman, David Kentner as vice chairman and Chuck Thomas as secretary.

The dog park grant application was denied. The board will reapply next year. The donation request letter raised $305.

Coplay couple is just nuts about squirrels

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK Special to The Press in Local News

Her T-shirt doesn't lie. When Sue Sacks of Coplay opened a Christmas gift from her husband Mike, she laughed when she saw the two adorable squirrels above the words, "Squirrel Whisperer."

But in her heart she knew the shirt spoke the truth.

She attracts squirrels the way a big bowl of nuts would draw them.

"I am nutty," she jokes, adding that her home displays an unusual greeting to visitors: "Welcome to the nut house."

Varkony discusses empowering women at Triad meeting

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Local News

Nationally recognized journalist, commentator, speaker and Allentown resident Pamela Varkony spoke at the recent Triad meeting on the topic of empowering women throughout the world.

Triad is a national group that works to keep older adults safe.

Varkony serves on the board of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Allentown Planning Commission, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Allentown City Council.

She has recently been appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.