State Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, surrounded by family and friends, announced he is seeking re-election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a seat he has held for the past two terms. The kick-off announcement was held at Palace Pizza, Hokendauqua, Jan. 27.
During his re-election announcement, McNeill said paychecks for legislators should be put on the back burner if a state budget fails to pass by June 30. He said for the second time, he has proposed legislation on this matter.
With construction of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge in its beginning stages, Lehigh County Director of Special Projects Rick Molchany recently said the new span over the Lehigh River linking Whitehall and North Catasauqua should be open to vehicle traffic in May.
In a new development, state Sen. Lisa Boscola's office confirmed the bridge will be named after Lt. Col. Thomas Lynch of Catasauqua, a World War II fighter pilot.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, Northampton, has been shut down by the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars pending an investigation into its accounting practices and finances.
Ranking state VFW personnel visited the Laubach Avenue and Main Street premises, unannounced, on Nov. 2, reportedly leaving with financial documents.
The borough-based Post 4714 was informed it could take a month, possibly as long as two months, before the keys are returned and the premises reopened.
A Northampton landmark, Newhard Pharmacy, owned by father and son Jack and John Pavis, and its staff will be premiered in Las Vegas on July 8.
Although not Hollywood with its usual brilliant red carpet treatment, the event will be just as exciting. Amerisource Bergen will select its "Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year," at which time the video of the four finalists, including Newhard's, will be shown on a large screen.
Whatever the outcome, Newhard's owners are happy just to be selected as finalists.
"We feel that we are already winners," said Jack Pavis.
The restored Ironton Railroad Caboose No. 6 will be the centerpiece of a dedication program Saturday, June 1, which also is National Trails Day.
For years, the caboose has been located in the Whitehall Parkway, off South Church Street.
The Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission took on the task not only of raising the funding to restore the caboose but also moving it to a more ideal location – near the IRT trailhead in Stiles, off West Coplay Road, Chestnut and Ruch streets in Whitehall.
The big move took place last July.
Daniel McNeill, former Whitehall Township executive with a strong union background, wasted no time getting his campaign started for state representative in the 133rd District.
The state Democratic Committee on Monday tapped the 65-year-old Hokendauqua resident as the party's candidate.
"This isn't an 'I, I, I' position," McNeill said in his remarks to committee members at the Fullerton fire hall Sunday. "This is a 'we' position and I believe we have to approach this as a team."