A large contingent of parents and students attended the recent Saucon Valley school board meeting. On the agenda was the recognition of efforts and awards received for numerous students who participated in the Lehigh Valley MathCounts Competition, Robotics Club, iTeam and a wrestling athlete.
Council unanimously approved the 2019 Hellertown Road Project, which consists of repaving a number of streets in the borough that need attention. With warmer weather coming the project will begin soon, but no specific date mentioned.
The project will cover Constitution Avenue from Walnut to Magnolia streets, Magnolia to Durham Streets, and Whitaker Street from West High to Bachman streets.
Hanover Township held its annual Easter egg hunt both indoors and out March 30. The day was filled with sun and unusually mild temperatures in the mid-70s. There was a total of 3 egg hunts broken down by age groups of 0-2, 3-5, 6-8. Each ran a half hour apart, with the first hunt taking place in the gymnasium inside the community center for the toddlers (0-2). The remaining hunts took place outside. There was large gathering of families with all the participating kids pre-registered for the hunt. In addition, the Easter Bunny made an appearance and light refreshments were served.
During the March 4 Hellertown Council meeting a conditional use hearing was held with Solicitor Michael Corriere overseeing the proceedings. Lost Tavern Brewing is currently located at 782 Main St. in Hellertown and is looking to expand its operation through the purchase of a 7063 square -foot warehouse located at 720 Main St., behind Dunkin’ Donuts. The owners of Neighbors Lawn and Garden Center in Hellertown have owned it for years and used the building for storage.
Anthony Lama, a parent of a first grader at Saucon ES voiced concerns Feb. 26 to the school board over what he called “unnecessary and frivolous” school closings due to inclement weather. Lama said, “I say we should not be snowflakes that melt, ironically enough, in the presence of a few snowflakes.”
Historic Bethlehem’s Church and Chapel tour is a look at the Moravians who founded Bethlehem more than 270 years ago and the churches and chapels they built. These buildings represent some of the oldest in the city. The tour begins with guide Loretta Hein, who outlines the creation of the 1741 Gemeinhaus where the early Moravians lived, worshiped and conducted everyday life.
After 33 years of service to the Borough of Hellertown, longtime Public Works Director Tom Henshaw has decided to retire. Henshaw joined Hellertown’s Public Works department in 1986, and was appointed director in 1997. At the most recent council meeting, Mayor David Heitzelman proclaimed Feb. 19 Tom Henshaw Day in the borough.
Currently all motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Saucon Rail Trail, but Steve Labrake, owner of Saucon Valley Bikes in Hellertown, made an appearance before council to ask for the approval to use Class 1 e-bikes on the trail.
The Saucon Valley School Board accepted the resignation of Linda Leewright during its Jan. 22 meeting. Board President Susan Baxter made the announcement “with regret.” Leewright was not present during the meeting and a reason for the resignation was not given. Leewright has been on the board since December 2015.
Saucon Valley Schools are working on a district comprehensive plan to be updated in 2019. The previous plan was for the years 2015 through 2018. The comprehensive plan outlines goals for each school (elementary, middle and high school) including an overall mission, vision and shared values for the entire district.