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Article By: MARK RECCEK Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh Valley Christian HS’s graduating Class of 2016 were reminded Friday evening during the school’s 28th commencement held at Calvary Temple Church, Allentown, that God turns the numerical small into something magnificent.

Salutatorian Nicholas J. Wechsler of Allentown referred to the graduates as the “magnificent seven.”

Wechsler, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder, noted his and his family’s surprise in finding out he would be delivering this year’s address.

Article By: Mark Reccek Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners May 11 voted 5-4 against retaining financial advisors and bond council for the county’s $22 million proposed bond.

Both resolutions, introduced by commissioners Percy Dougherty and Geoff Brace, would have approved professional services agreements with Concord Public Financial Advisors, Inc. and Stevens & Lee, PC.

Newhart ‘not happy’ with DA’s decision

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

North Catasauqua resident Tom Newhart is not fully satisfied with the Northampton County district attorney’s decision rendered Monday morning involving the death of his pet cat named Sugar.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli held a press conference Monday morning at the Northampton County Courthouse in which he announced North Catasauqua Borough police Officer Leighton Pursell will not be charged in the death of the cat.

Commissioners ask LCA to notify city customers of lead service lines

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners continue to take proactive, legislative steps to ensure City of Allentown residents are aware of possible lead service lines within the city.

The board passed a resolution 6-3 at its April 27 meeting asking the Lehigh County Authority to send immediate notification to 15,000 customers known to have, or suspected to have, lead service lines.

Board Chairman Brad Osborne and commissioners Thomas Creighton and Dan Hartzell voted against the resolution.

County water is of ‘exceptional quality’

Monday, May 2, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Authority Chief Executive Officer Liesel M. Gross presented the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners with a report on the quality of the county’s drinking water at the April 13 board meeting.

According to Gross, LCA has roughly 600 miles of water main.

“None of them are made of lead,” she said.

The suburban division, consisting of Upper and Lower Macungie townships, has no lead service lines, Gross added.

“That’s primarily because of the age [newer] of the lines,” she said..

Article By: mark reccek Special to The Press

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Authority Chief Executive Officer Liesel M. Gross presented the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners with a report on the quality of the county’s drinking water at the April 13 board meeting.

According to Gross, LCA has roughly 600 miles of water main.

“None of them are made of lead,” she said.

The suburban division, consisting of Upper and Lower Macungie townships, has no lead service lines, Gross added.

“That’s primarily because of the age [newer] of the lines,” she said..

Saucon Valley to offer full-day K in fall 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

It’s official: Saucon Valley School District will transition to full-day kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.

The school board voted 7-2 in support of the full-day program at the March 22 meeting. Voting in opposition were board members Edward Inghrim and Linda Leewright.

Inghrim said he likes how Southern Lehigh School District laid out its full-day kindergarten program.

Lehigh County commissioners appoint three to boards, authority

Monday, April 4, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners voted to fill three authority and board positions during their March 9 meeting.

Kevin Baker of Lower Macungie Township was appointed to serve on the Lehigh County Authority.

His term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

Paul Semmel of North Whitehall Township was named to serve on the Lehigh County Conservation District board. Semmel’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Vicky Kistler of Whitehall Township will serve on the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Services Advisory Board.

Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Board finds $3M shortfall

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Saucon Valley School District, like many districts across the state, is feeling the budget impasse and crunch.

The school board discussed a nearly $3 million shortfall in its 2016-17 budget at the March 9 meeting.

The 2016-17 proposed budget amounts to $45.5 million. The board previously approved a resolution indicating it would not raise taxes beyond 1.24 mills. In the event the board approves a 1.24 mill tax increase, the district’s tax rate would jump from 51.74 mills to 52.98 mills.