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Article By: Mark Reccek Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners decided to defer voting on amending the 2016-20 capital plan that would provide funding for agricultural conservation easements and farmland preservation.

Commissioner Percy Dougherty, who sponsored the bill, made the motion June 22 due to the absence of Commissioner Tom Creighton, who also serves as chairman of the farmland preservation board.

Dougherty explained the purpose of the amendment.

Article By: MARK RECCEK Special to The Press

Monday, June 27, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Bill strips public pensions from convicted public officials

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners on June 8 unanimously voted to lend support to Pennsylvania State House Bill 17, which amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act.

The board resolution was introduced by Commissioner Michael Schware, who said Allentown City Council earlier this month also supported the state house bill.

The state law looks to require public employees or officials to forfeit taxpayer pensions if convicted of a crime while they are performing their duties.

Surviving heart disease

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Local woman tells her story at heart association luncheon

Despite remaining physically active and living a healthy lifestyle, Annette Pompa of Catasauqua fell victim to heart disease, or more specifically coronary microvascular disease.

Pompa, a cardiac survivor, shared her story recently at an American Heart Association luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel, Allentown. The event celebrated the success of the Go Red for Women initiative and honored survivors like Pompa.

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..