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Friday, October 19, 2018

School receives bronze medal ranking

Monday, October 8, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

On Sept. 25 Saucon Valley HS Principel Tamara Gary shared with the school board Saucon Valley HS’s bronze medal ranking from U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools Rankings list. Saucon Valley was ranked #151 in Pennsylvania. It’s the second year in a row Saucon Valley has attained bronze status.

Gary said they will be hanging a sign in the school to celebrate the achievement.

School receives bronze medal ranking

Monday, October 8, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

On Sept. 25 Saucon Valley HS Principel Tamara Gary shared with the school board Saucon Valley HS’s bronze medal ranking from U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools Rankings list. Saucon Valley was ranked #151 in Pennsylvania. It’s the second year in a row Saucon Valley has attained bronze status.

Gary said they will be hanging a sign in the school to celebrate the achievement.

Neighbors protest works building

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Several residents spoke out Sept. 17 against an early concept plan to build a new public works building on the site of the former Reinhard ES. The school was demolished in 2012, leaving an empty field adjacent to Magnolia Road, Northampton Street and Saucon Street.

The area is a residential neighborhood and the primary concern among neighbors is the building will turn a quiet neighborhood into an area filled with noise and traffic.

Many of the residents called the plan a “truck yard.”

Board approves rec swim membership

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

The school board Aug. 28 announced and approved the Saucon Valley Recreational Swim Membership program for the 2018-19 school year. District residents and non-residents can purchase season passes for individuals or families to swim at the Saucon Valley High School pool. New for this year is a 10-swim membership at $60 for those who don’t want to purchase a season membership. The 10-swim membership allows for 10 swims and does not have to be designated exclusively for a specific person, but rather can be used by up to 10 different people with the pass.

Hero Electric honored after closure

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Fifty-four-year-old Hellertown business Hero Electric has closed its doors after owners Robert and Victoria Hero decided to retire.

Over the years, Hero Electric has provided the community with electronics such as appliances, hobby items and accessories.

The closure was not ignored by Hellertown Borough Council. Hero Electric was honored with a proclamation from the borough, with Sept. 4 named Hero Electric day in Hellertown.

Mayor David Heintzelman read aloud the proclamation and addressed the Heros as “dedicated” and “giving your heart and soul to this community.”

Asst. supt. leaves for Pleasant Valley

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

The Saucon Valley School Board announced Aug. 14 the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan Mowrer Benda. Her last day was Aug. 24. She is leaving her post to become the new director of curriculum and instruction for the Pleasant Valley School District this fall.

Saucon Valley’s Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler said of Mowrer Benda, “I want to thank Susan for tireless work ethic, contributions for the school district, loyal team member, great partner and Susan, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with you and we certainly wish you the best.”

HELLERTOWN: Council member Payung resigns

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

At the Aug. 8 Hellertown Council meeting it was announced council member Herbert Payung has resigned, effective immediately.

The announcement was made with “regret” by Council President Thomas Rieger. Rieger said “thank you for your service to the borough and the kids of the community and Saucon Valley as a whole…it’s been a pleasure.”

Payung has been the band director at Saucon Valley HS. He resigned from his music teaching position at the high school effective Aug. 2.

He plans to further his studies at Penn State University in the fall.

MUSIKFEST Deluges don’t stop the music

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

On Musikfest’s Friday opening night, the area experienced heavy rains which caused the Monocacy Creek to overflow. The high waters and flooding shut down a portion of the festival on the Northside, including at least three stages on Aug. 4. As a result, some of the performances were re-scheduled and moved to different locations. Officials started pumping water out of the flooded areas and back into the creek with the hopes of re-opening the flooded areas on Sunday.

Lower Saucon, Hellertown mark National Night Out

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Lower Saucon Township and Hellertown celebrated National Night Out at Dimmick Park Aug. 7. One of many such events held throughout the United States promoting positive relationships between local citizens and the emergency personnel who serve them.

On hand were the Lower Saucon and Hellertown police departments, Dewey Fire Company, Lower Saucon Fire Rescue, Steel City Fire Company and members of the National Guard.

A large crowd attended the event to see emergency vehicles and equipment close-up and to interact with members of the various emergency services.