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Leaser Lake Foundation plans improvements

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jaimie Townsend, co-chair of the Leaser Lake Foundation, said major projects at the dam are finished.

During the foundation’s July 27 meeting, members discussed remaining smaller items.

Townsend said they do not want a Disney World, but rather little attractions at the lake.

Mike McCartney said although there are 120 birdhouses for bluebirds, kestrels, wood ducks and one for purple martins, more are on the way.

He said it takes a couple years for purple martins to locate and move into a house, but they moved in quickly and tend to return year after year.

Heidelberg administrator seeks rules on block parties

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Township Administrator Janice Meyers told Heidelberg supervisors during their July 20 meeting there should be a resolution or ordinance covering items such as block parties.

She wants something in writing to show people when they come in with questions about this type of social event.

Zoning Officer Chris Noll said he would see what he could do.

The resolution or ordinance would need to cover ease of access, sufficient parking and release of the township from liability.

Good Shepherd adaptive fishing clinic offered at Leaser Lake

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Susan Bates and Katie Pidstrawski enlisted a group of 17 people to attend a recent adaptive fishing clinic at Leaser Lake, Lynn Township.

The two recreational therapists at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, were to review basic fishing skills and have demonstrations of special equipment.

The program was designed to help people overcome disabilities and injuries and to once again be able to fish.

Helping were volunteers, Good Shepherd, Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and members of various sporting clubs.

Artwork on display in Northwestern Lehigh boardroom

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh’s School Board honored six students from the middle school for their artwork on display in the board meeting room.

Teacher Jennifer Bernhard introduced the artists and said they were chosen for their ethic of excellence.

“They are all on different steps to the journey of excellence,” she said. “Some are just beginning to learn the meaning of failure. Yes, I said failure.

“To some it means time to give up but to others it means try again.

“Instead of good enough it means what can make it better.

Board appoints code officer

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

At its July 5 meeting Washington Township supervisors appointed Ann Lett as building code official.\

She had submitted a proposal and was approved. She will be paid hourly as needed.

She has been doing the work in neighboring municipalities and has worked with Washington Zoning Officer Todd Weidman.

Bids were opened for paving work with the low bid of $142,000 from Bruce George Paving and Excavating.

The bid will be reviewed by Solicitor John Ashley before final acceptance.

Ontelaunee Park welcomes car and bike enthusiasts

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sue Giralico of the Lynn Township Recreation Committee said the July 9 car show at Ontelaunee Park was the largest of the previous eight shows by six cars.

There were 146 registered entries compared to the previous high of 140.

“People are enjoying themselves and it is a beautiful day,” Giralico said.

Jason “Slim” Szerencits of Catasauqua brought his 1971 FLH Harley Shovelhead bike, which he calls “an eye catcher, a lot of fun,” to share with others.

He said the motorcycle is 95 percent original. Although repainted, it is the same color as when it was new.

Incentives discussed for aiding volunteers

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Four Northwestern fire companies recently met to discuss the state’s Act 172 of 2016 regarding incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.

The act allows municipalities to enact a tax credit against an active volunteer’s tax liability as a financial incentive to encourage individuals to volunteer or for former volunteers to consider rejoining as active volunteers.

Heidelberg Township supervisors reviewed the issue during their June 15 meeting.

No quorum, no votes

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Due to a lack of a quorum at the Northwestern Recreation Commission’s June meeting, various items are expected to be voted on retroactively in July.

Mountainview Bible Church requested use of the pavilion from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30.

And, a 19-plus softball team requested use of Field 7 on July 9, 16, 23, 30, and Aug. 6 and 27.

Donations for the Chinese auction and other uses are coming in for the annual Night in the Country celebration, reported Kathy Hermany.

Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Co. has open house

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Freebies, food, games and a fire that filled the sky with black smoke were all part of the recent open house presented by the Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Company.

Fire company helmets for kids, Frisbees and booklets on home fire hazards and another one with fire safety stickers filled a table along with a note saying they were free.

Bill Buss poured free soda for visitors, and outside, Otto’s Lunch Box of Fogelsville, cooked hot dogs, also free.

School board approves full-day kindergarten

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Northwestern Lehigh School Board has approved full-day kindergarten starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Board President Bill Dellicker said, during the June 21 meeting, the issue has been discussed for more than a year.

District Superintendent Mary Anne Wright said everything there is to say about the plan has been said.

School Director Darryl Schafer said Wright had spoken passionately about having full-day kindergarten.

Wright said she was delighted with the approval vote.