Kristie Wilks, executive director of Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services, updated Washington Township supervisors Feb. 6 on personnel changes and upcoming events during the board’s meeting.
David Tretter is the new assistant chief. Dr. Jonathon Trager and Dr. Aaron Ratner are volunteer co-medical directors. Both are emergency doctors for St. Luke’s.
NOVA handled 3,667 calls in 2017. Of those, 500 were in Washington Township. Ninety-five percent of the calls in Washington were handled by NOVA, with the remainder being answered by mutual aid units.
After 25 years of public service, first on the school board and then with the Northwestern Recreation Commission, Don Link has decided it was time to quit.
“I feel the board is in good shape,” Link said at the Jan. 31 meeting. “It is time to move on. It has been a pleasure working with a lot of great people.
“It’s been good to serve on the commission. I got a lot of pleasure out of it.”
He thanked everyone who supported him over the years and said Kathy Hermany, who chaired the Night in the Country Committee, was second to none.
A five-year member of the Living Stone Fellowship, Jaime Gonzalez, was chosen, first by God and then by the church board, as associate pastor of the church.
From neighboring churches came members of a Presbytery — pastors and church members getting together to ordain the new person.
As Gonzalez is an employee of Allentown, Mayor Ed Pawloski, attended the ceremony.
Living Stone Pastor Jean Masiko asked God to be in their midst.
The program began with lunch and extra tables had to be set up, and then more tables.
Many of the officials in Heidelberg Township will continue the new year in their 2017 positions.
Steve Bachman is chairman of the board of supervisors with David Fink as vice chairman.
Janice Meyers again will serve as administrator/secretary-treasurer for the coming year.
The treasurer’s bond is set at $500,000.
Steckel and Stopp law firm, Slatington, continues as township solicitor.
Keystone Consulting Engineers, Wescosville, will serve as the engineer.
The nailing of a list of 95 theses by Martin Luther to the Wittenberg church door led to discussions that began the Protestant Reformation.
The Rev. David Kistler attended Jerusalem “Red” Union Church’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of that event.
Kistler handed out a paper listing the major events in Luther’s life from his birth in 1483, marriage in 1525, and his death in 1546.
Washington Township Solicitor John Ashley gave an overview of the burning ordinance to a full house at the supervisors’ meeting on Dec. 5. The major question people asked was if there could be equal enforcement.
Resident Chad Christman said there had to be specific definitions for the various types of fires.
He said people took a relaxed attitude to burning and lately they have been tattling on each other.
Even people who have been burning for years are getting complaints.
The Rev. Bob Billig said Jerusalem “Red” Church, Kempton, was celebrating the 500th year since the Reformation began.
This year marks the anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the door of the All Saint’s Church in Wittenburg, Germany.
This act caused a more urgent plea for changes in the Roman Catholic Church and spearheaded the Reformation, or the Birth of the Protestant Church.
The celebration at Jerusalem “Red” Church was held a week early, on Oct. 22, so it could be on the day when there was a Lutheran service at the Union church.
Twenty-two people contributed to the goodies being sold at the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society headquarters on Dec. 9. Eighteen of those people baked cookies and four made soup.
There were six tables filled with cookies of many varieties. MaryCathrine Mederofik baked 60 to 70 dozen with at least 36 dozen of cream cheese thumb-print cookies.
Chicken noodle, chicken corn noodle, vegetable beef, vegetable and barley, and hamburger vegetable were the featured homemade soups.
Magisterial District Judge Rod Beck attended the Dec. 6 meeting of the Northwestern Lehigh School Board to swear in newly elected members Alan Rex, Marci Piescienski and Dr. James Warfel, plus returning members Todd Hernandez and Phillip Toll.
Superintendent Mary Anne Wright thanked every one who ran for the office.
“I appreciate your willingness and look forward to six months of working with you,” she told the new board members.
Their shared work is for only six months as Wright will be leaving the end of June.
Leslie Frisbie, Northwestern Lehigh business administrator, and Rob Thompson, EHD Insurance Company, attended the Nov. 29 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission.
Frisbie recommended the commission have an audit done and said if combined with the school the price will be reasonable.
Christie Steigerwalt of the business department is treasurer for the commission.
Bonding for Steigerwalt is not covered for the commission, which was the question that brought up the subject of an insurance review.