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Retired state police sergeant discusses sovereign citizens

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Robert Bemis recently presented a discussion concerning sovereign citizens at Kutztown University.

Co-sponsored by the Association for Campus events and the Criminal Justice Department, the presentation was aimed at providing information to the criminal justice students but it was also open to the public.

Bemis, a retired Marine, discussed the origins of the sovereign citizens’ movement, ways to recognize their beliefs and suggestions on how to decrease any violence on their part.

Lowhill Township incumbent wins Municipal Primary Election

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Lowhill Township voters had a choice between two Republican candidates in Tuesday’s Municipal Primary Election as no Democrat was listed on the ballot.

According to unofficial results from Lehigh County Voter Registration, incumbent Supervisor Richard Hughes, garnered 61 percent of the vote to Paul Fisher Jr.’s 39 percent of votes cast.

Hughes received an unofficial 127 votes to Fisher’s unofficial 80 votes.

Hughes, who was first elected supervisor in 1982, will return to his seat on the board barring a successful write-in challenge in the November General Election.

Weaving goes well with wine at Weathered Vineyards

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Dana and Richard Woolley of Weathered Vineyard, Weisenberg Township, joined a dozen vineyards in the Lehigh Valley area in 2013.

Richard serves as the vintner, but his previous job as a meteorologist took them to New York, Nevada and California where they investigated the wine industry, as it was Richard’s hobby for many years.

Debbi Zvanut teaches weaving baskets a year ago as part of Wine and Weaving Night at the vineyard.

There are also other crafts and a great deal of interest has been shown in the events.

Some nights there are more than 20 attendees.

Voters pick four for NWL school board seats

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters in the Northwestern Lehigh School District went to the polls Tuesday to pick four of six candidates to run for school board director seats in the November General Election.

All candidates cross-filed.

Marci Handwerk Piescienski came in at the top of the Democratic ticket bringing in an unofficial 433 votes for 21.38 percent of the votes cast.

Jim Warfel garnered an unofficial 404 votes for 19.95 percent of the vote.

Alan L. Rex garnered an unofficial 391 Democratic votes for 19.31 percent of the vote.

Charter school buys former Penn State University campus

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Circle of Seasons Charter School, the only public Waldorf School on the East Coast, has purchased the former Pennsylvania State University Lehigh Valley campus at 8380 Mohr Lane in Fogelsville for $2.75 million.

The purchase of the property marks the successful conclusion of the school’s Building Fund campaign, which raised more than $121,000 – 21 percent above the $100,000 fundraising goal – for the down payment of the property.

Seventy-five percent of Circle of Seasons parents and 50 percent of the school’s faculty and staff supported the campaign.

Board discusses bridges

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

After months of planning and review, the Mini Cell Tower Ordinance, was passed by the Lowhill supervisors at their May 4 meeting.

The ordinance provides township regulations regarding possible future cell tower installations by communications developers.

Similar ordinances have recently been passed in neighboring townships.

In bridge updates, Chairman Rick Hughes reported a meeting was held with Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein and Director of General Services Rick Molchany to discuss the progress of the Bittners Corner Bridge replacement.

Osborne heads toward November election in bid for executive seat

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Former South Whitehall Township and Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican, garnered an unofficial 56 percent of the vote to Glenn Eckhart’s unofficial 44 percent of the vote to face Democrat Phillips Armstrong in the November General Election for Lehigh County executive.

According to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Osborne received 6,326 votes to Eckhart’s 4,940 votes.

Armstrong, who ran unchallenged, received an unofficial 11,479 votes on the Democratic side of the ballot.