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Thursday, October 17, 2019

County board honors Northern Lehigh Club

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Sept. 25 honoring the Northern Lehigh High School Patriot Club.

Club founder, U.S. Army veteran and Northern Lehigh teacher Scott Gerould accepted the honor.

He founded the club six years ago. There are 27 members in ninth through 12th grade and the club is growing.

He told commissioners the club has an offshoot, the Sons of Liberty, in the middle school.

Secretary of state gives county voting machine money

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Pennsylvania recently gave Lehigh County election officials a check for $380,868 to apply toward the cost of new voting machines.

Secretary of State Kathleen Boockvar presented an oversized check to county Executive Phillips Armstrong during a short ceremony Sept. 12 in the Administration Building, Allentown.

Boockvar said the check is part of $14.15 million comprised of state and federal funding the state set aside in 2018 for distribution to counties for new voting systems.

Armstrong unveils proposed 2020 budget

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Wearing a bipartisan purple shirt, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his $514.6 million fiscal plan for 2020 to department heads, staffers, four commissioners and the public on Aug. 30.

Speaking in the public hearing room of the county administration center in Allentown, Armstrong’s budget raises taxes to 5.5 percent which translates into a 3.84 millage rate that is expected to generate $115 million

That would be a $771.84 tax per year on a $201,000 home, according to information provided by Armstrong.

Board suspends rules to add contract to agenda

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners suspended “rules of the board” at their Aug. 14 meeting and added the long-delayed human service’s union contract to their agenda.

Even that was not without drama as commissioners voted 8-1 to authorize the exception to regular order which allowed the contract to be added to the already published agenda.

Commissioner Geoff Brace objected suspending the rules to add the contract to the agenda in such an irregular fashion.

Human Services workers have been working without an agreement since Dec. 31, 2018.

Jaindl to lease space at Hamilton Financial

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners gave first reading approval, by an 8-0 vote, for Jaindl Properties LLC to lease the first floor of the Hamilton Financial Center Building, 640 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Commissioner Brad Osborne missed the July 10 meeting.

“I was sorry to see Johnny Bagel move out of the Hamilton Financial Center,” Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty said. “With Jaindl Properties, we have a really good tenant moving in.

“They will be advertising their waterfront development projects. They want to have a very visible space downtown.”

Watching the women’s soccer team win on July 7

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Opinion

People from all over the Lehigh Valley converged on the Steel Stacks PPL parking lot in South Bethlehem to watch the United States women’s soccer team win the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup on July 7.

The U.S. team won the game 2-0 defeating the Netherland’s team, in France, as local soccer enthusiasts and fans sweltered on the sun-baked pavement in front of a huge, trailer-mounted television screen.

Beer and food vendors kept the crowd well satiated.

Grammes asks why county board not updated on zoo

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to Lehigh County commissioners at their June 26 meeting.

She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.

Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.

Plus, the zoo has begun a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics, and there were 230,000 visitors in 2018.

Northwestern Middle School competes at reading contest

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

With team names like “Chapter Raptors” and the “Novel Nifflers,” 253 area middle school students organized into 21 teams competed April 11 at Lower Macungie Middle School for top honors in reading comprehension at the Reading Olympics.

Organizers gave each team a list of 45 books to read.

Northwestern Lehigh School District Team, Lynx, included Kira Jobman, Nathaniel Smolinsky, Becca Schuler, Jordan Allen, Zackary Hassan, Rachel Eck, and Shannon Green.

Team “Columbian Book Weasels” from Orefield Middle School placed second.

Commissioners OK first reading of LCA lease extension

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Lehigh County Authority is expected to receive its requested 43-year lease extension.

In a preliminary first reading, Lehigh County commissioners approved, by a 9-0 vote, amending the LCA’s Articles of Incorporation to extend its term of existence 43 years from the date the agreement is approved by Pennsylvania’s Department of State.

The move allows the LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for capital improvements for its water and wastewater systems serving 14 municipalities in the county.

‘A Night to Shine’ sparkles at The Palace

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Riverbend Community Church went all out to give some of the community’s most special people a chance to dress up, be feted and to have fun at a prom just for them.

The recent celebration at The Palace Center, Allentown gave 140 special needs guests the chance to dance, eat and socialize.

The lobby of the Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel lobby complete with red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered.

After passing through a tremendous arch of balloons, the guests registered and met their buddy.