Washington Township supervisors discussed the proposed 2020 budget and authorized the spending plan for advertisement at their Nov. 6 meeting.
The budget total is $1,886,708 with a 0.3 mill real estate tax. Major purchases are a small truck with a plow for $80,000 and two plows for $30,000.
The township will pay $21,000 less for health insurance with a change of plan.
Approval was given to destroy records from 2003-07 for real estate and earned income taxes, per capita tax, paving bids and road salt records.
Lehigh Valley activists for criminal justice reform recently gathered at the Al-Ahad Islamic Center, South Whitehall, in preparation for a “day of action” rally at the state capital.
Members of the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, End Mass Incarceration-Lehigh Valley, local NAACP and ACLU chapters, religious congregations and other organizations traveled on Oct. 23 to Harrisburg for the “Rally to End Death by Incarceration and Heal Our Communities.”
As the nation honored its veterans this Nov. 11, the Northwestern Lehigh Veterans Memorial Committee is moving forward with plans to construct a memorial at Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township.
The memorial will honor the service of all local veterans who took the oath of enlistment and served honorably from the Revolutionary War to the present, regardless of location served or combat experience, including veterans who will be called to serve in the future.
About 20 volunteers planted more than 120 native trees and shrubs in about two hours along the Kistler Creek on the Kempton Community Center’s property.
Kistler Creek passes through extensive pasture land before entering the Kempton Community Center property.
It’s a tributary of the Maiden (or Ontelaunee) Creek, which itself is a tributary of the Schuylkill River.
The trees planted on Oct. 26 included: swamp white oak, black gum, sycamore, red maple, and shrubs such as dogwood and button bush.
A Harvest of Hope Festival for Family Promise of Lehigh Valley recently took place in the Jordan United Church of Christ grove at Walbert Avenue and Church Road, South Whitehall.
Family Promise assists homeless children and their families.
The national organization is comprised of regionally based affiliates, which allows for collaboration with existing services in the communities.
The stories of local veterans from the Korean War are the focus of a special Veterans Day presentation Nov. 11 at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
“The Forgotten War: Stories from the Korean War,” features first-hand accounts of veterans’ experiences during the war while protecting and serving our nation, as well as a screening of the feature film “Unforgettable: The Korean War.”
The free event takes place at the ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, starting at 7 p.m.
The presentations will also be taped and rebroadcast on PBS39.