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Cetronia thanks firefighter for 40 years of service

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Cetronia Fire Chief Jay Heicklen recently presented Herman Otto, of Upper Macungie, a plaque thanking him for his 40 years of service to the fire department.

Otto has been the chief engineer for many of those years and is responsible for the overall condition of the fire apparatus in the department.

Otto provided a good deal of the labor and expertise needed to complete the restoration of a 1947 Maxim pumper in the 1980s.

South Whitehall maintains taxes

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall residents can look forward to another year without a tax increase, a tradition dating back to 1991.

However, the actual millage will look different when property owners receive their bills.

Because of the 2012 county reassessment, the 4.9 millage of the past has been transcribed to 1.64875 mills.

Township Manager Jon Hammer commented on the change.

"This is the same real tax rate given by the county," Hammer said. "It is based on the overall assessment of all properties in the township."

Lehigh County offering fingerprinting service

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Regional Central Booking Center offers a fingerprinting service to the public in Lehigh County Prison, Allentown.

People who need fingerprints to get various licenses and to meet job requirements for some government, insurance, security, nursing and teaching positions may go to the prison, 38 N. Fourth St., Allentown, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 4-8 p.m. Monday to Friday and tell a corrections officer at the front desk they are there for prints.

The $25 fee may be paid by cash or money order.

PA 2-1-1 available in Lehigh Valley

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by The Press in Local News

PA 2-1-1, which connects people who need help with critical services and volunteer opportunities, is available in the Lehigh Valley.

The toll-free telephone number offers information and referrals for basic needs, food banks, child and elder care, health services, housing, support groups and more.

Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, 2-1-1 can be integral to the community's crisis response in the event of an emergency, such as flooding, tornado, fire or other tragedy.

For more information, go to

Upper Macungie Township police are ready to roll

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie Township Police Chief Edgardo Colon has reported to supervisors the new police force will be ready for patrol at 6 p.m. Dec. 31.

The building is complete and a certificate of occupancy will be issued shortly.

The official dedication is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2013, he told the board at its Dec. 6 meeting

The swearing in and promotion ceremony will take place 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 28.

L.C. commissioners table park improvement projects

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have tabled a bill that would have given $1.06 million to local park improvement projects.

The Green Futures Fund Program, approved by voters in a non-binding referendum in 2002, would have given $324,693 to Allentown for the Martin Luther King Trail; $238,000 to Lower Macungie; and $231,888 to Upper Saucon Township for the Saucon Rail Trail.

The program would have also given money to projects in Salisbury Township, Emmaus and Bethlehem.

New lights will aid emergency access

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Noticing a dangerous situation as people walk to and from their cars in the dark for Parkland football games, the school district is seeking street lights for Stadium Drive and School District Road.

The issue arose through an observation from the South Whitehall Public Safety Commission.

At a board meeting on Dec. 5, township commissioners reviewed a petition submitted by school district officials.

The request is for lighting on Stadium Drive from Lime Kiln Road to School District Drive to Orefield Road.