The featured speaker for the Jan. 3 AARP meeting at St. Timothy’s Church, Allentown, was local poet Shirley Benz Binkley.
She read several of her upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable poems.
Before the meeting there was a social hour where members enjoyed coffee and cake and conversation.
A collection was made of nonperishable food for the Allentown Food Bank.
After the speaker, there was a business meeting conducted by President Jeanne Tilghman.
AARP Chapter 5415 meetings are held noon on the first Thursday of the month at the church.
Lehigh County commissioners have approved an amendment to modify the 2019 budget authorizing creation of a new job position — Director of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation.
They needed the new slot so they can pay for a director to replace Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, which gave up the contract to manage the facility in South Whitehall. The annual salary for the position is $123,136.
In other business, commissioners commemorated the long service of Deputy Controller John A. Falk, who is retiring after almost 31 years.
A Lehigh County man who has faced numerous charges of abuse of animals over the years, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge James T. Anthony in Lehigh County Court to 94 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from four separate search warrants served in May 2017 as well as January and June 2018.
Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, 51, who has lived in Heidelberg Township and the Emmaus area, has been in jail since August.
A Lehigh County judge has set a trial date for a former police officer who is facing criminal charges for a fatal on-duty shooting last year near Dorney Park.
Jonathan Roselle, 33, of Parryville, a former officer with South Whitehall Police Department, will go to trial Sept. 24.
Roselle was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the July 28, 2018, death of Joseph Santos, 44, of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Roselle was in court on Friday with his attorney to discuss a motion to dismiss the charges against him.
Lynn-Anne Kocon, CPA, has been approved by South Whitehall commissioners as interim tax collector to fill the position of Alvin C. Thompson who resigned.
Her appointment will continue until the first Monday in the January following the first municipal election, which is more than 60 days after the vacancy.
Commissioner Matt Mulqueen commented on Kocon’s selection.
“We went through an advertising and interview process,” Mulqueen said. “Lynn-Anne is very enthusiastic. We’re happy to have her a part of the township.”
Parkland School Board directors announced on Jan. 15 the appointment of Val Strock as assistant director of school services for transportation.
Strock, currently the district’s transportation coordinator, will replace George Husack, who resigned last month.
Andrew Hargrove, garage foreman at Parkland, will become the transportation coordinator.
Both jobs took effect Jan. 28. The garage foreman position remains unfilled.
Slatington High School Class of 1948 held its 70th high school reunion Oct. 27, 2018 at the Parkland Restaurant, South Whitehall Township.
Seventeen members of the class met to share their life stories and reminisce about their high school years.