The integrity of the vote is central to the democratic process. But integrity isn’t always cheap.
It will cost Lehigh County between $3.5 to $4 million to comply with a new voter verifiable paper voting system mandate required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent Election Day hacking. The new system requires a paper trail for each ballot cast.
“We saw it coming,” said Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County’s chief clerk of registration and elections, of the changes. “We would have been moving toward it eventually.”
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania awarded Congressman Charles Dent, R-15th, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of higher education at the association’s annual meeting in Hershey.
The Benjamin Franklin Medal, named for one of this nation’s and Pennsylvania’s earliest and most recognized leaders, is reserved for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the ongoing vitality and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.
Valley Road, a short thoroughfare connecting Kernsville and Haasadahl roads in South Whitehall Township, is closed due to a defective bridge near the Guthsville Rod and Gun Club.
Public Works Manager Jeff Clapper reported to commissioners during their April 4 meeting, that employees noticed deterioration on the bridge in February and immediately set up barricades to prevent traffic from crossing.
Township representatives asked Keystone Consulting Engineers, Wescosville, to conduct an inspection.
Aug. 16 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
The Intrepid Museum is putting out a call for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend Aug. 16-19.
The museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports after two years of working on plans for the new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township, action will soon begin at the site.
“We’re hoping to mobilize after May 8,” Sniscak said. “First we have to record the deed and take ownership by the end of this month.”
He noted David Jaindl donated about 18 acres of land for the school on the west side of Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road.
In an ongoing program to increase public awareness of work zones, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had a Work Zone Awareness media event April 10 along I-78 near the Summit Lawn Exit 59, Salisbury Township.
The event marked the upcoming National Work Zone Awareness Week April 9-13.
The program is designed to increase workplace safety for both PennDOT employees as well as the traveling public.
Statistics provided by District 5 Spokesman Sean Brown revealed there were 19 deaths in work zone crashes in 2017 in Pennsylvania.
At the South Whitehall commissioners workshop session at Springhouse Middle School on April 11, James Preston, attorney for Kay Builders, defended his client’s right to develop the 190-acre property known as Ridge Farm.
The project proposes development on the north and south sides of Huckleberry Ridge and the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard, between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.
Preston noted the township ordinance allows even more housing units than the 741 proposed by Kay Builders.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 4004 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, is hosting a Dining Out Night fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. May 2 at Panera Bread, 3100 W. Tilghman St., Allentown.
Pick up a fundraising flyer from the oval table in the church narthex.
Present the flyer at the restaurant and the church youth will receive a percentage of the receipt.
Join the community for the fifth annual Jewish Heritage Night at the IronPigs at 7:05 p.m. May 30.
Ticket includes a food voucher and Jewish Heritage cap.
For tickets or information, call your synagogue.
Early in April, Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, received a dozen eggs from Quiver Farm, Pennsburg.
The eggs were placed in an incubator to keep warm and everyone who visited the library eagerly awaited for them to hatch. They didn’t have to wait long.
By the beginning of the second week, the eggs were hatching and the cute little brown and golden chicks came to life and were placed in a brooder box.
Library visitors were invited to give suggestions for names for the peeps.
The ideas were written on paper chicks and posted in the library.
The Korea/Vietnam Memorial Inc. will celebrate the 13th anniversary of the dedication of the U.S. Armed Forces Plaza 2 p.m. April 29 in the Community Services Center of Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.
This year’s program will focus on the Centennial of World War I.
Lehigh Valley residents from the U.S. Army’s 314th Infantry, 79th Division in World War I, who gave the ultimate sacrifice, will be honored.
Their names will be engraved on a granite section in the plaza.