Middle school Principal Ken Napaver highlighted Saucon Valley’s first year of involvement with a program called SeaPerch during the school board meeting March 27.
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. The program was initially developed by MIT and the U.S. Office of Naval Research.
SeaPerch allows students to learn and develop skills using STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics.)
In an unusual turn of events, Mayor David Heintzelman, who normally sits with borough council during meetings, took to the podium March 19 to ask for approval for one of his business ventures.
Heintzelman is both mayor of Hellertown and supervisor at Heintzelman Funeral Home on Main Street. In addition, he and his brother Robert formed Lehigh Valley Crematory Services.
Hellertown held its annual Easter egg hunt at Morris J. Dimmick Park March 31, with hundreds of kids and their families gathered on a bright and cool morning in anticipation of the big hunt.
The event was open to kids ages 1 through 12. There were five different areas set up for the hunt, based on age ranges. Prior to the hunt, the Easter Bunny made a grand entrance on one of Hellertown’s firetrucks.
On the eve of the March 14 National School Walkout, Mark Morawski, a father of two children in the Saucon Valley School District addressed the school board, during their meeting.
Morawski said he strongly believes the school district should be apolitical and focus on education. Morawski asked the board, “What criteria is the district going to apply to determine what protests they support and allow during school hours?”
The response from Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler was, “We are taking one at a time.”
It’s that time of year for those delicious hand-delivered cookies, and ArtsQuest Steelstacks celebrated by hosting the fun and tasty Girl Scout Cookie Crunch Feb. 25.
Physical Education teachers Philip Russell and David Jost spoke to the school board in the hope of gaining their support for the implementation of rock climbing walls at the Saucon Valley MS gymnasium.
The proposal is to construct two rock climbing walls that would be 30 feet high and 6 feet wide. Students would utilize all the necessary gear including ropes and safety harnesses. Teachers would receive training and would be re-certified on a regular basis.
At their Feb. 5 meeting, council discussed options on how to deal with junked or abandoned vehicles. After several complaints from residents about increasing numbers of inoperable vehicles being left out by residents with little or no effort to repair them, the borough wants to resolve a situation that some believe is a growing problem.
Some concerned citizens believe the vehicles will lower their property values.
The increasing number of vehicles covered by blue tarps in neighborhoods with limited space - some inoperable and missing parts - has council seriously discussing the junked or abandoned vehicles ordinance Feb. 5.
Currently, under Chapter 430 of the code index, the borough does not allow junked or abandoned vehicles, unless the owner has a permit and covers the vehicles with a blue tarp. The permit cost $50 per vehicle and is valid for one year. The owner has the option to renew at the end of a year.
Back in October, Hellertown council announced the Water Street Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Project. In that plan, the borough was going to replace the current advanced warning flashers with rapid flashers that are shared with the Heller Homestead Crossing and the Thomas Street Crossing. Subsequently, the Federal Highway Administration has discontinued the use of rapid flashers for pedestrian crosswalk use. Initially the FHA put the flashers in place as an experimental proprietary project. The project ultimately lasted 10 years.
Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America held ita special recognition dinner and annual business meeting at East Hills Moravian Church Jan. 26. The evening consisted of distinguished awards handed out to individuals who exemplified scouting traits through their character and actions.
Some of the highlights included the Alumnus of the Year Award, Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards and Silver Beaver Awards. Robert K. Smith of Emmaus received the Alumnus of the Year Award. Mr. Smith is a coffee maker, Arrowman and Head Commissioner of the Trexler Scout Reservation.