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Grant sought for creek repair

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Operations Randy Cope is looking ahead to a future project to remove the gabion baskets along the Jordan Creek at Covered Bridge Park.

He is seeking a grant of $50,000 from the state flood mitigation program to begin the process.

Cope said the gabion devices are wire baskets filled with rocks to support the stream bank and to prevent erosion.

He said the 4-foot to 6-foot high baskets were installed by the township along the stream many years ago.

Northern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan to be updated

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Intermunicipal cooperation formed more than a decade ago

Work more efficiently, save money and better manage the growth in their communities, all while they save for the future.

That’s essentially the plan for six Northern Lehigh County communities who came together for an afternoon news conference May 29 at Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli.

The purpose was to kick off an 18-month effort to draft a new Northern Lehigh MultiMunicipal Comprehensive Plan to update the 2004 Northern Region of Lehigh County Comprehensive Plan.

Farmland preservation discussion at meeting

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the May 6 North Whitehall supervisors meeting, Township Manager Jeff Bartlett mentioned the upcoming May 21 ballot question concerning a proposed tax to be used toward farmland and open space preservation.

Unofficial results from Lehigh County Voter Registration Office show 1,183 of North Whitehall voters, 64.79 favored paying a 1/10th of one mill tax to be used exclusively for the preservation of farmland and open space.

An unofficial 643 voters, 35.21 percent of the total said no to the tax.

Judge Dantos denies Silvonek’s recusal motion

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by FABRYCE JOSEPH in Local News

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Maria L. Dantos rejected Jamie Silvonek’s recusal motion June 3 at the county courthouse in Allentown.

Silvonek’s new legal team pushed to transfer her case to juvenile court and overturn her guilty plea.

Silvonek was 14 when she was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and sentenced to 35 years to life when she pleaded guilty in the killing of her mother, Cheryl Silvonek, in 2015.


Thursday, June 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News



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·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.

Bond, Kline release new art book, CD

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Jonathan Bond and Dave Kline have released “The Place I Call Home,” a collaborative art book and double CD package that celebrates the natural beauty and wonderful folklore of Berks County.

“The Place I Call Home” set includes 75 original works of art and 24 music tracks that combine visual and auditory themes about love, loss, life, death, adventure, spirituality and of course, humor.

A 16-page booklet with lyrics tells the stories about the place they both call home.

The full-color art book contains insights into the collaboration from both the artist and musician.

Hawk Mountain Arts Tour to showcase local artists

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

This June 1, Hawk Mountain will become more than a wildlife sanctuary and an international conservation training site.

As the nucleus of the Hawk Mountain Arts Tour and Sale, it becomes a magnet for art and nature lovers as well.

The event takes place every year on the first Saturday in June.

Art lovers may appreciate and purchase original works at one of the fifteen stops along the 25-mile self-guided tour through Albany Township that includes artists’ homes or studios and other sites displaying their work.