In his Jan. 10 report to Northampton County Council, Executive John Stoffa described a disturbing increase in the number of gun permits, also known as Licenses to Carry Firearms, issued in 2012. Stoffa told Council that 4,627 gun permits were issued in 2012, a 70 percent increase over 2011.
A new daily record - 87 permits in one day - has also been set.
Mike Topping should be either a sportsman or environmentalist. He lives at the far end of Saucon Park, surrounded by a sea of green, even at the height of winter. As luck would have it, he is both. He is chairman of Northampton County's Open Space Committee and the president of the county's "Federation of Sportsmen," which consists of 17 clubs and over 7,000 members. His opinions are his own. He warns 7,000 sportsmen will have 14,000 opinions. In a wide-ranging interview over good coffee at his Saucon Park home, he spoke about the Second Amendment and the need for gun control.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners delayed approval of the Green Futures Fund for a third time at its Jan. 9 meeting in the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown.
Several members of the board, led by Commissioner Michael Schware, said they would only approve the bill after an equal dollar amount of cuts or savings were made elsewhere to pay for the project.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
· Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.
Fountain Hill is now able to allocate additional funds to its parks after a donation by the Bacchanalia Committee. Nine years ago the Bacchanalia Committee formed to raise funds for local parks and local needs. To raise money, the committee offers a full day experience of wine and food tastings annually. The event offers fun with friends, showcasing local artists and local shopping.
An initiative that would allow voters to elect county positions such as the sheriff will go to committee as part of a review, and possible overhaul, of the county's Home Rule Charter. The county adopted its Home Rule Charter framework of government in 1974. While it was set up to empower the county executive to function as the CEO of a corporation and county council to function as a board of directors, some council members think it is out of date.
School Board directors declared Jan. 7 they will make a final decision regarding the Nitschmann MS project next month.
Long debated has been the extent of work needed to make the dilapidated structure fit for future generations. Plans range from patching and replacing only what's absolutely necessary to knocking the building down and replacing it completely. Those plans have slowly been refined and engineer Mark Stein presented an in-depth look at what would be involved in each.