The Bethlehem Fire Department recognized the promotions of three long-time veterans and six new hires at a ceremony in Town Hall Feb. 20. Receiving promotions were 21-year veteran Kenneth Jones Jr. to Assistant Chief 'C' Shift; 17-year veteran Craig Hoffert to Training Captain; and 13-year veteran Michael Reich to Lieutenant 'A' Shift.
It may not have always been in the same place, but Lehigh Supply Appliance has always offered what its customers needed. And that's a focus on customer service celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Co-owner Greg Horgash, who with Chuck Deppen took over for last owners in 1998, said the current 312 W. Broad Street location is actually the business' third. It was first started – selling what one can assume were very different machines that those available today – as a mom and pop store in Hellertown around 1923.
Hayden Phillips has announced his candidacy for Northampton County Council as a Republican. He is seeking election to one of the five "at large" council seats that will be contested during the 2013 election cycle.
A political newcomer, this is Phillips' first run for elected office. He holds an undergraduate degree from Mansfield State University and a masters in business administration from Lehigh University.
He has spent his career in the information technology industry, for the last 20 years in area of project and program management.
The Bethlehem Area School Board members voted unanimously Feb. 25 to move ahead with plans to explore construction of a new Nitschmann MS building. The project which will go into the design phase overseen by D'Huy Engineering Inc.
Concerns over a proposed "Responsible Pet Ownership" ordinance prompted a small army of cat lovers to visit Hanover Township Supervisors at their Feb. 26 meeting. About 10 area residents, worried that stray dogs and feral cats would be systematically exterminated, were there to seek clemency. But as they were to learn, the ordinance was actually aimed at irresponsible people, not pets.
Northampton County Controller Steve Barron and blogger Bernie O'Hare were on opposite sides of Northampton County's proposed residency requirement.
At county council's Feb. 21 meeting, a requirement for future sheriffs, coroners, recorder of deeds and register of wills to be county residents failed to pass by a 3-6 vote.
Council members Bruce Gilbert, Scott Parsons, Barbara Thierry, John Cusick, Tom Dietrich and Peg Ferraro decided a residency requirement was not good law.