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.”
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.
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 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.
On Saturday June 23rd Peter Garrett Docteroff was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. The Eagle Scout ranking is the highest advancement ranking in the Boy Scouts.
The ceremony was attended by PA State Representative Marcia Hahn and Jake Glessner who is an assistant to PA State Senator Lisa Boscola.
Saucon Valley School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Tamara Gary as the new high school principal. She is replacing Beth Guarriello, who is leaving to become the new principal at Southern Lehigh HS.
Guarriello only held the position for one year before issuing her resignation in April.
Gary has been Bangor’s HS principal since 2013. Prior to that she worked as Nazareth School District’s Director of Curriculum and Educational Technology and Freedom HS’s Assistant Principle of Curriculum in Bethlehem. She has a master’s degree in education from Lehigh University.
Hellertown has announced upcoming community events, starting with a Hellertown/Lower Saucon Township Bike Ride with The Police event July 17.
According to Hellertown Mayor David Heintzelman, “We’re just trying to engage the youth and show them that the police are real people.”
Christ Lutheran Church’s “Love Grows Here” community garden in Hellertown is a multi-faceted organic only garden intended to provide fresh vegetables for those in need in the community as well as to teach responsible planting techniques.
Originally, the church had a garden half the size in the front. In October 2017, the Church started construction to move the old garden to a larger area in the back of the church property. The new site allowed for more crop planting and easier access for vehicles bringing supplies in and out.
With the closure of Kichline’s Service Station, Hellertown mayor and borough council honored the longstanding family business and named June 4 as “Dale and Virginia Kichline Day” in Hellertown. The couple recently retired and closed the station permanently.
Dale and Virginia Kichline have operated Kichline’s Service Station since 1961 at 193 Front St. in Hellertown. The couple were married in 1959 and later purchased what was a Texaco station at the time. To get the business going, they sold Virginia’s car to purchase their first tow truck.
The Saucon Valley School Board has approved the “Math in Focus” program for kindergarten through fourth grade students at the Saucon Valley ES at an initial cost of $227,946.
According to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Math in Focus was built under a framework by Singapore’s Ministry of Education that draws on best practices from around the world through hands on learning, visualization and pictorial representations. Singapore has ranked as one of the top countries in math education in international assessments over the last several years.