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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Boy Scouts honored by county commissioners

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Two Boy Scouts — Tyler Timothy Prehl and Ben Heintzelman, were honored by Lehigh County commissioners May 9 in resolutions commending them for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Heintzelman is a member of Boy Scout Troop 261 in the Minsi Trails Council. His Eagle Scout project was to design and construct a woodshed for firewood storage at Ziegels Union Church, Breinigsville.

Prehl is a Parkland High School student with a 4.4 GPA. He will attend West Chester University with a full scholarship this fall.

Partisanship foils county commissioners’ agenda

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners had some political moments Wednesday as agenda items were floated, then after sharp questioning by fellow commissioners, sank beneath increasingly turbulent political waters.

A tax rebate proposed by board President Marty Nothstein never made it to a vote because it wasn’t seconded in the Finance Committee, where it came under bipartisan criticism.

Commissioners reject LCA charter extension

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Authority’s effort to have its charter extended 50 years collapsed April 11 when Lehigh County commissioners voted 6–3 to reject a proposed amendment to LCA’s articles of incorporation.

The decision seemed to catch LCA CEO Liesel M. Gross by surprise.

Gross had spoken to commissioners in support of the resolution.

“I want to know the path forward,” Gross said to commissioners following the vote to deny the amendment extending the water and sewer authority’s charter.

School safety issues:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

‘We need to put our money where our mouth is’

Lehigh Valley politicians, school superintendents, law enforcement, an advocacy group, and high school students came together for a discussion on school safety March 1 at PBS 39’s studio.

Representatives from the National Rifle Association declined to attend the forum in Bethlehem, even though they were invited, according to host and moderator Tracy Yatsko.

Yatsko conducted the forum with high schoolers asking questions, and panelists answering questions.

KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital, Orefield, was an event sponsor.

Anti-discrimination wording in contracts concerns Zanelli

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Business as usual hit a speed bump on Feb. 27 when Lehigh County commissioners attempted to approve a couple of routine professional services contracts.

Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements — one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub Esq., for professional services with the county.

Article By: Douglas Graves Special to The Press

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Business as usual hit a speed bump on Feb. 27 when Lehigh County commissioners attempted to approve a couple of routine professional services contracts.

Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements — one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub Esq., for professional services with the county.

Armstrong says county workers have ‘strong work ethic’

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” said the new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, addressing a convivial crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.

Executive Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees that they are interested in putting progress over politics.

Board commends Good Shepherd for work at Cedarbrook nursing home

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Before the regular meeting of Lehigh County commissioners on Feb. 14, Director of General Services Richard Molchany, during the General Services Committee meeting, briefed the board on plans to consolidate Lehigh County’s and the City of Allentown’s 9-1-1 services.

In other matters, when Commissioner Marty Nothstein called the regular meeting to order, commissioners appointed Paul Semmel of North Whitehall Township and Adele Bonn Shannon of Center Valley to the Lehigh County Conservation District.

County invests in fighting opioid crisis

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County officials recently introduced the newest initiative in their effort to meet the opioid crises plaguing county residents.

A new website was unveiled that shows parents how to look for drugs that may be hidden in a child’s bedroom.

Then county Executive Tom Muller introduced the topic, telling reporters gathered in a basement room of the administrative building the problem of opioid abuse in Lehigh County is rampant.

County invests in fighting opioid crisis

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County officials recently introduced the newest initiative in their effort to meet the opioid crises plaguing county residents.

A new website was unveiled that shows parents how to look for drugs that may be hidden in a child’s bedroom.

Then county Executive Tom Muller introduced the topic, telling reporters gathered in a basement room of the administrative building the problem of opioid abuse in Lehigh County is rampant.