Lynn Township Supervisor Brian Dietrich began the discussion on the 2013 draft budget at the Lynn Township Nov. 8 supervisors' meeting.
Dietrich said he would like to have the rate set at .5 mill instead of the present .8 mill.
Supervisor Justin Smith reminded him with the new assessments the full amount will be used instead of half. Consequently, .4 mill would provide the same amount of money as the .8 mill.
Solicitor Marc Fisher said the .8 mill brought in $80,000.
"Three pews weren't enough. You never know," the Rev. Kevin Fruchtl of Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli, said.
Those three pews were reserved for members of American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16, Slatington, as they came to honor deceased members with a service of remembering for those who died the past year.
"We don't usually honor the preschool and veterans on the same day, Fruchtl continued. "This year, it was a quirk of the calendar."
He said the two events blend.
Bingo helps support fire company.
During October students at Northwestern Middle School spent time studying about the electoral college and America's voting system.
Social Studies teacher Ed Roman said eighth-grade students experienced a more in-depth study of the election process
They discussed the philosophy behind an election, such as isolating counties and the significance of the I-80 corridor.
Maureen Roman, sixth-grade social studies teacher, said her students were taught the fundamental information needed to vote.
Northwestern students visit Byler's Farm.
Children and parents attended the Kids Discovery Expo at the Da Vinci Science Center.
A community Thanksgiving service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 21, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1533 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall.
Participating churches include Jordan UCC, St. Joseph The Worker, Asbury and Jordan Lutheran.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 4004 Tilghman St., Allentown, is offering a Thanksgiving Eve worship 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21.
Gather with friends from Cedar and St. Timothy churches to worship and give thanks for the many blessings God has given.
A combined choir will be a highlight of this special service.
One local farmer is using the same technology pilots use in planes to know their location to harvest his crops.
Joel Newhard of Newhard Farms, Ruchs-ville, North Whitehall, has been using the latest in global positioning systems to harvest his 300 fields, covering more than 2,500 acres in a 10-mile radius in the Valley.
The satellite receiver mounted to the front of his combine tracks about 20 different satellites.
The system has a plus or minus 6-inch accuracy, he said.
The Lutheran Social Services Committee of Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will be having a bake sale Nov. 17 at Renninger's Market, Kutztown.
Baked goods should be brought to the church by 5 p.m. Nov. 16 or dropped off at Renninger's no later than 10 a.m.
Proceeds benefit social service projects, such as ingatherings, luncheons and more.
Ziegels will be having its annual Thanksgiving Eve take-out meal between noon-2 p.m. Nov. 21.
Anyone interested in getting a meal needs to call the church at 610-285-6157 by Nov. 17.
Several Lehigh Valley women gave up a recent Saturday to create and package note cards at at St. John's United Church of Christ, Fogelsville, for American troops serving overseas.
The project helps members of the military keep in touch with their families and friends.
The cards were created by scrapbooking techniques. An insert of extra note paper is used for additional writing space.
Each cardmaker used her own supplies.
There have been 1,749, 393 cards shipped nationwide since 2007.
For information, go to operationwritehome. org.