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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Custom fishing rods fit for a president ... or two

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

For Emmaus resident Rick Patton, getting into the business of making custom fishing rods is no fish tale.

Patton learned how to fish — a hobby he enjoyed as a child — from his uncle.

As an engineer, Patton was working in North Jersey constructing a scale model of a nuclear power plant in 1977 when he became friends with a co-worker who also enjoyed fishing.

One day while fishing together, Patton, impressed with his friend’s fishing rod, noticed he was getting more fish than Patton.

Breinigsville family awarded TPA grant for son

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Members of Lehigh Valley Post L of the Travelers Protective Association of America recently gathered for their annual picnic at William J. Albert Memorial Park, North Catasauqua.

The organization awarded a family from Breinigsville a grant from the post’s deaf and near deaf trust fund to assist one of their sons who is deaf.

Grant recipients were Nick and Larissa Noto and their children Logan, Tyson and Gavin, who has a hearing loss.

County board OKs contracts for 911 plan, center

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners approved two contracts, during their May 10 meeting, with Essential Management Solutions LLC to provide 911 regionalization consolidation management services.

Director of general services Rick Molchany explained the contracts to the board.

According to Molchany, the first contract will provide construction management for a consolidated 911 communications center and regionalized equipment plan.

Molchany said Lehigh County is different from Bethlehem City and Northampton.

Lehigh County commissioners discuss additional fee for vehicle registration

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Those living in Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each nonexempt vehicle registration.

During their April 12 meeting, commissioners discussed authorizing the fee.

Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program.

The board was expected to vote on the bill at its April 26 meeting.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor of the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.

Lehigh County commissioners discuss additional fee for vehicle registration

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Those living in Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each non-exempt vehicle registration.

During their April 12 meeting, commissioners discussed authorizing the fee.

Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program.

The board is expected to vote on the bill at its April 26 meeting.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, cosponsor of the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.

Commissioners review Cedarbrook design and upgrade proposals

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners now have an idea of potential design plans and upgrades to Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.

The board, during its March 22 meeting, was presented drafts for six options by the architectural firm of Roth Marz Partnership, PC.

According to Rick Molchany, county director of general services, the study covers construction and costs for building a variety of choices for Cedarbrook.

Funds’ transfer benefits Cedarbrook

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund to go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill, sponsored by Commissioner Dan Hartzell, specifically provides for the intergovernmental transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services to provide the nonfederal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.

Planners working on landscape proposal

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new county livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at the Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

She said one of the primary, universal concerns was not enough people in and around the county know about the wide variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.

Lehigh County begins working on livable landscapes plan

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new county livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at the Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

She said one of the primary, universal concerns was not enough people in and around the county know about the wide variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.

County board supports redistricting reform

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners took a bold step at their Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote lends support to an independent citizens commission consisting of 11 persons — four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party.

The remaining three would come from any political party. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State would select the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, cosponsor for the bill, expressed support for the legislation.