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Good Shepherd to manage Cedarbrook Nursing Home

Monday, March 7, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network will soon begin managing the financial and operational affairs of Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved a two-year, $2.2 million contract Feb. 24 with GS Management Services by a vote of 8-1.

Voting in opposition was Commissioner Michael Schware.

The contract with GS Management runs 2016-18.

Full-day kindergarten still an issue

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Saucon Valley School District officials continue to discuss and consider the transition from half-day to full-day kindergarten.

Lehigh University Assistant Professor Brook Sawyer presented the school board with statistical data Feb. 9 supporting the transition.

According to Sawyer, moving to full-day benefits the students and district by decreasing drop-out rates and increasing the reading and writing skills of students.

Students who are unable to read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school, Sawyer told the board.

Commissioners nix reappointment of long-time LCA member

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners recently voted to replace 10-year member of the Lehigh County Authority Emrich M. Stellar, Jr.

The 5-4 vote to replace Stellar, of Upper Saucon Township, occurred at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting. Voting in opposition to Stellar’s reappointment was board Chairman Brad Osborne and commissioners Tom Creighton, Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein and Michael Schware.

Stellar was seeking another 5-year term on the board.

Commissioners nix reappointment of long-time LCA member

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners recently voted to replace 10-year member of the Lehigh County Authority Emrich M. Stellar, Jr.

The 5-4 vote to replace Stellar, of Upper Saucon Township, occurred at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting. Voting in opposition to Stellar’s reappointment was board Chairman Brad Osborne and commissioners Tom Creighton, Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein and Michael Schware.

Stellar was seeking another 5-year term on the board.

Board revamps district gifted student program

Monday, February 8, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Saucon Valley School District’s gifted program has seen a few modifications.

The school board received an update at the Jan.13 meeting from gifted education consultant Dr. Christina Anderson.

Anderson was brought on board last year to lead a task force consisting of parents, students, district administrators and board members. She was initially asked to explore and define the term “gifted.”

“Every district has a different definition,” she said. “Everyone’s definition of gifted is different.”

Count commisioners resolve to end veterans’ homlessness

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is poised to end homelessness among the area’s veterans population.

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution aimed at ending military veteran homeless throughout the Lehigh Valley at the board’s Jan. 13 meeting.

The chief sponsor of the resolution, Commissioner Geoff Brace, called the issue of veterans homelessness a moral one.

“Our veterans deserve our unqualified support as an expression of our gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices they made,” Brace told the board.

Whitehall man pens book on military life in Vietnam

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

1966 draft delayed college

Philip Wavrek of Whitehall Township not only kept an almost daily account of his experiences as a U.S. Army soldier while serving in the Vietnam War but, many years later, used those accounts to author a book titled “The Third Herd: My Viet Nam Experience.”

Wavrek presented the book and gave a talk on his war experiences during a recent meeting of the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.

The title of the book, Wavrek said, comes from the nickname given to the unit with which he served — the 188th military police company.

Marty Nothstein, Dan Hartzell sworn in as new commissioners

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County swore in two new commissioners at the board’s Jan. 4 reorganization meeting.

Taking the oath of office were newcomer commissioners, Republican Marty Nothstein of Lowhill Township and Democrat Dan Hartzell of South Whitehall Township.

Also sworn in during the reorganization meeting were re-elected commissioners, Republicans Amanda Holt of Upper Macungie Township and Brad Osborne of South Whitehall Township.

Former Commissioner Vic Mazziotti was not re-elected by the voters to serve another term.

Saucon Valley: Students to receive new iPads

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Beginning next academic year, seventh-through-12th grade students in the Saucon Valley School District will be provided a new iPad.

The school board at its June 9 meeting expanded the one-to-one technology program by approving by a vote of 6-3 a iPad three-year lease that will provide 1,200 new iPads.

Voting against the lease were board members Edward Inghrim, Bryan Eichfeld and Susan Baxter.

The annual cost amounts to $151,076.

The older iPads currently in use will be distributed to earlier grades.

LV Christian HS - 'Hold on to what was taught'

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

It was a time of gratitude and reflection Friday evening as 30 members of the Lehigh Valley Christian HS Class of 2015 officially crossed over from student to graduate.

The commencement exercise, held at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Allentown, began with the soft tolling of the bell and the new graduates walking in twos down the aisle of the church and ultimately taking their seats in the front of the sanctuary.

Valedictorian Adeline Guthrie of Emmaus said it was a privilege spending the past four years with her classmates.