Parkland Press

Sunday, December 17, 2017

No tax increase in North Whitehall

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall Township Manager Jeff Bartlett recently gave supervisors and the audience a summary of the proposed budget for 2018.

The budget workshop was attended by only two residents who offered comments.

Bartlett noted that for seven years in a row, no tax increase has been warranted.

There is a possibility of having an $86,000 surplus next year.

Operating expenses are similar to those in 2017, but he noted, insurance costs are rising.

Insurance rates for the township will increase but not as much as in the private sector.

Two new commissioners-elect attend first meeting

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

In a short meeting Nov. 8, Lehigh County commissioners approved some appointments, one bill and listened to complaints and suggestions from residents.

They also welcomed two commissioners-elect who won elections the night before.

Amy Zanelli, the new representative for District 3, which includes West Bethlehem, was there with her wife and children.

Zanelli will replace David Jones who will step down from the commissioner’s office.

Nathan Brown, representing District 5, which includes Emmaus, also attended.

Northern Valley EMS has roundtable luncheon

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by KRISTIE WILK in Local News

Northern Valley EMS Inc. had its annual roundtable luncheon Sept. 29 at its headquarters in Ormrod.

NOVA presented objectives of the organization, community outreach activities, legislative concerns, and financial standings to local community officials during a lunch prepared by NOVA Auxiliary volunteers.

In addition to the board of directors, representatives from the offices of state Sen. Patrick Brown, R-16th, and state Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zack Mako, R-183rd, attended.

‘Seussical’ Stagemakers at the J presents

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Having faith in one’s friends, making an effort to be unique, and fighting for what one believes is demonstrated beautifully in the musical “Seussical Jr.”

Based on characters created by children’s writer and author Dr. Seuss, “Seussical Jr.” tells a story of courage and loyalty.

The musical was written by Stephen Ahrens and Lynn Flaherty.

The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who finds a speck of dust that is home to a mini group of people called Whos.

Voters choose Klusaritz as N. Whitehall supervisor

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Dennis E. Klusaritz, a Democrat, will be serving a six-year term as North Whitehall Township supervisor, according to unofficial results from Lehigh County Voter Registration.

Klusaritz received an unofficial 1,262 votes, 50.20 percent of the total votes cast, to Republican incumbent Steve Pany’s 1,247 votes, 49.60 percent.

There were five no party write-in votes cast for an unofficial 2,514 votes.

Board proceeds with community center plans

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Although the audience was small, about 50 people at Jaindl Elementary School, discussion on the proposed community center in Upper Macungie, which started at 7 p.m., lasted until approximately 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Township representatives visited other communities that had recreation centers to see how they were operating.

The community center will be at the intersection of Grange Road and Lenape Trail. Site construction would start in 2018 and proceed into 2019 with building construction completed in 2021.

Seipstown Grangers continue their good works

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Seipstown Grange has been helping people in the community in addition to being an educational organization for farmers for 102 years.

Seipstown Grange 1657 was formed in April 29, 1915. Early meetings were held in the little red schoolhouse in Seipstown, then Literary Hall, now the Weisenberg Township Municipal Building, and the K.G.E. Hall in Claussville.

A building committee was formed in 1947 and the lower level of the Grange Hall on Claussville Road was dedicated in 1951. The second floor was completed in 1961.