During a moment of silence at the opening of the Jan. 16 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting President Darryl Schafer asked people to keep the families of Sandy Hook in mind. He also read a statement in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
The proposed charter school resolution for the Circle of Seasons school was discussed.
The subject had attracted an overflow crowd to the meeting both from Northwestern and other interested districts.
At the Jan. 7 reorganization meeting of the Lynn Township supervisors, Justin Smith was appointed chairman and Brian Dietrich was name vice chairman.
Secretary/treasurer will be Tammy White. Janet Henritzy is assistant secretary.
White is on extended sick leave and Rob Sadler offered to help with the treasurer's job until she returns. He held the position previously.
Marc Fisher of Worth, McGee and Fisher will serve as solicitor and Keystone Engineering will be the township engineer.
Shirley Jones, a member of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, brought her cousin Marian Jones to a recent meeting to discuss her service as a World War II nurse.
Jones, 91, who was wearing a shirt on which was written, "I proudly served in World War II," said she followed Gen. George Patton during the invasion of Europe.
He would move forward and the nurses would pack up and move, too, she explained.
"You are only as rich as your memories," Jones said, adding her memories of the war are rich and a permanent part of her.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center intern Katie Rittenhouse was saying her goodbyes to the new friends she made during the center's annual hawk count on Bake Oven Knob and at the Osprey House.
The Nature Center needs an intern because members have to fit their hawk-watching hours around their jobs.
Her mother, Linda, said Katie learned so much. She is thankful other hawk watchers were good mentors for her daughter.
In addition to her mother, her father Wayne and sister Emily accompanied her to the banquet held annually at the end of the season.
Kathy Hermany, chairman of the Night in the Country Committee, would like to have more activities participate in future "Night" celebrations.
She told the Northwestern Recreation Commission at its November 2012 meeting all vendors and activities have paid their share to the commission.
President Donald Link addressed Hermany.
"Thank you so much for all you've done," Link said. "It's been a successful year."
She reported the group that runs the car cruise turned its donation back to the commission.
The Dec. 27, 2012, end-of-year meeting of Lynn Township supervisors began with an executive session to discuss personnel.
Supervisors named Frey and Company, Walnutport, to serve as auditor.
The board will verify if the contract includes an audit of the sewer authority account, which will cover only the period before the system was taken over by the Lehigh County Authority.
The Sanctuary at Haafsville, Upper Macungie, was given the contract for animal control. Costs will be capped at $650 for the year.
During the Dec. 12 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting, directors gave a first reading to the local taxpayer bill of rights policy, federal fiscal compliance policy and property records policy.
The policies may be viewed in the district office.
A Weisenberg fourth grade visit to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, was ap-proved by the board for May 31, 2013, with money coming from the student activity fund.
Community education classes beginning in January 2013 include basket weaving, yoga, strength and endurance training and Zumba.
School board meetings for the coming year will be different following the Dec. 5 directors' meeting.
Much of the work will be done in committees with no action taken. There will be only regular meeting a month, Superintendent Mary Anne Wright said.
The committee meetings, as well as the regular meetings, will be open to the public, with the exception of any item that needs to be discussed in executive session.
Public comment will be heard at the beginning and end of each committee meeting, though the comment should apply to the subject of the committee being visited.
Leann Stitzel, director of curriculum at Northwestern Lehigh School District, explained the Keystone Exams during the Dec. 12 board meeting.
The exams are to be based on Common Core standards, which will be explained in more detail in January.
Stitzel said Keystone Exams are one piece of a puzzle the Pennsylvania Department of Education has asked schools to put together.
"There is a lot we don't know yet," Stitzel said.
During the six-township meeting at Lynn Township, Lowhill Township Roadmaster Carl Kressley told fellow municipal representatives that the Route 100 and Kernsville Road intersection at Claussville is open.
The new traffic lights, however, are hard to see, he reported.
Other attendees at the Dec. 10 meeting agreed but did not see any way the lights could be improved.
North Whitehall representative Jeff Bartlett said Route 100 South needs speed enforcement.
Kressley said Narris Road has holes drilled to place posts to hold panels to brace the sides of the road.