Because of the 2012 reassessment of Lehigh County properties, preparation of the 2013-14 Parkland School District budget has some complications, which were not present in previous years, to resolve.
While many homeowners' property assessments have changed for tax purposes, the procedure for determining the taxes has been adjusted from 50 percent of appraised values to 100 percent.
District Business Manager John Vignone, during the Jan. 15 board meeting, explained the formula used to create a ratio between the old and new millage, using figures from county assessments.
Local Girl Scout troops pick up their supply of cookies at Dorney Park.
A fun-loving, mischievous mermaid was on full display with all of her sea-creature friends and foes Jan. 19 at the Parkland High School Theater's dress rehearsal for its children's show, Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr.," which will run Jan. 25-27.
As they danced and sang their way through the production numbers, it was evident this under-the-sea spectacular and its cast and crew are ready to bring some Disney magic to their audiences.
"I love everything magical," Director Elizabeth Smith said. "I feel like the world needs more of that.
Horsham-based Bimbo Bakeries USA, which makes Arnold and Stroehmann breads, is building a new state-of-the-art bakery in Upper Macungie Township.
The company, which is planning a $75 million facility at 105 Boulder Drive, Breinigsville, will produce bread and buns for the Northeast.
More than 100 jobs are expected to come to the area when it begins operation in early 2014.
Construction of the 240,000-square-foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified plant (LEED) is expected to begin in a few months and be completed by the end of this.
The infant Upper Macungie Township Police Department was looking for a police chief, and Edgardo A. Colón, a former station commander of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, was looking for a new position.
For both, it was the right match at the right time.
"It was a good timing thing," Colón said. "They were looking for someone to essentially build a police department from the ground up. I had been a commander of not only this barracks next door [in Fogelsville], I was a commander of a smaller state police installation in Bucks County.
THURSDAY, JAN. 24
·Schnecksville Senior Citizens at Schnecksville Fire Co., 1 p.m. lunch; meeting 1:30 p.m. Call 610-432-0260.
·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610- 395-1006.
·Model Railroad Ex-plorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., from 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Edward D. Reibman has issued a 60-day stay in the hearing regarding a lawsuit filed by the citizens group, The Voice of the Jordan Inc., against North Whitehall Township supervisors.
The delay, until March 6, is so The Voice of the Jordan can retain new counsel following the death of Attorney John E. Roberts on Jan. 4.
Roberts, of Coopersburg, represented the community group opposed to the location of a proposed sewage treatment plant in North Whitehall.
With budget cuts looming and a need for money increasing, the Parkland Cheerleading Booster Club turned to Lori Hamm for help hosting their first-ever basket bingo event Jan. 13.
Starting at 11:30 a.m., the doors to Parkland High School's cafeteria were opened to cheerleaders' family, friends and the community to partake in the Vera Bradley, Pampered Chef, Longaberger bingo hosted by the booster club.
Meetings are held in municipal buildings unless otherwise noted.
Parkland Library Board, 7 p.m. in the library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall.
Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and Lehigh County Bureau of Parks and Recreation, 7 p.m. public forum at Lynn Township Municipal Building, 7911 Kings Highway, Lynnport, to discuss planning of Leaser Lake accessible recreation area at western access to lake.
Cetronia and Woodlawn volunteer firefighters spent two hours Jan. 16 cleaning up a spill on Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall.
An unknown fluid was causing slippery conditions on the road starting at the intersection of Cedarbrook and Dorney Park roads, east on Dorney Park to Lincoln Avenue and south on Lincoln.
Firefighters used oil absorbent material to control the fluid and to serve as an antiskid material.
Woodlawn dispatched Unit 3293, the fire company's new off-road vehicle to help spread the oil absorbent.