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.
The Saucon Valley School Board unanimously approved the hiring of new Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kristine Rosenberger for a term of three years at $120,000 per year. Rosenberger will be replacing Dr. Susan Mowrer-Benda, who recently resigned to take over as director of curriculum and instruction at the Pleasant Valley School District.
In a nearly unanimous vote of 5 to 1, Hellertown Council passed an increase in property taxes by .75 mills in the 2019 budget. The .75 mill increase is equivalent to approximately $75 a year for properties assessed at $100,000. The only no vote came from brand new council member Andrew Hughes, who is in the process of getting up to speed. Council member James Hill was not present at the meeting.
The comments during the meeting evolved from concerns by citizens about a rumor of laying off two police officers, to dispelling the rumor and how it relates to funding and taxes.
For the second time in only three months, Hellertown Borough Council has gained a new member.
At the Nov. 19 meeting, Mayor David Heintzelman swore in newly appointed council member Andrew Hughes. Hughes took his council seat immediately after being sworn in. Council unanimously voted Hughes in at the Nov. 5 meeting.
Bethlehem Township held its Veterans Day Ceremony at the Community Center Nov. 12, moved indoors due to cool temperatures. The event was attended by local dignitaries such as Pa. State representatives Marcia Hahn and Steve Samuelson, Bethlehem Township Commissioner John Merhottein and many local citizens, including several veterans.