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Active spring in Upper Mac

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors had quite a few items on their agenda Feb. 7 but it didn't take long to get through them.

After approving the previous minutes and ordering payment of bills, they dove into the business at hand.

Supervisor Kathy Rader gave the recreation board report.

The rec commission elected Rich Kiser as chairman, David Kentner as vice chairman and Chuck Thomas as secretary.

The dog park grant application was denied. The board will reapply...

Coplay couple is just nuts about squirrels

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK Special to The Press in Local News

Her T-shirt doesn't lie. When Sue Sacks of Coplay opened a Christmas gift from her husband Mike, she laughed when she saw the two adorable squirrels above the words, "Squirrel Whisperer."

But in her heart she knew the shirt spoke the truth.

She attracts squirrels the way a big bowl of nuts would draw them.

"I am nutty," she jokes, adding that her home displays an unusual greeting to visitors: "Welcome to the nut house."

Her special bond with wild critters began...

Gov. Tom Corbett unveils 2013-14 proposed budget

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Gov. Tom Corbett recently presented his proposed 2013-14 budget before the General Assembly in Harrisburg.

While his $28.4 billion spending planis nearly a 2.4 percent increase from last year's budget, it does not call for any tax increase.

The plan does include a $90 million or 1.7 percent increase in state funding for basic education, the first in two years, bringing the total to nearly $5.5 billion, the highest level of state funding for school districts.

Corbett's...

Scholarships

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by The Press in School

High school seniors may now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships.

State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, said the program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors.

He said no tax or other public funds are used.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania...

Commissioner Ott announces bid for county executive

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott, a Republican, announced his candidacy for Lehigh County executive Jan. 24 in front of a room full of supporters at the Hamilton Family Restaurant, Allentown.

This is the second time Ott is seeking this office.

In 2009, he lost his rookie bid for Lehigh County executive against incumbent Don Cunningham by 862 votes out of 41,000 cast.

Ott ran for county commissioner citing the county's overspending and the 16-percent tax hike as...

State representative analyzes privatization plan

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by STATE REP. RYAN MACKENZIE R-134th in Opinion

There has recently been a lot of buzz surrounding Gov. Tom Corbett's liquor privatization proposal that would auction retail licenses to the private sector in an effort to provide a greater consumer choice and convenience.

This proposal is merely a framework for my colleagues in the House and Senate to consider, and the governor's proposal will likely evolve as it goes through the legislative process.

According to a recent Franklin and Marshall College poll, in general, 84...