In honor of Older Americans Month, 15 Lehigh County residents were recognized May 15 at the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services' 13th annual tribute to Unsung Heroes.
This tribute honors older adults in the Valley who have exhibited exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.
Some of the honorees at the tribute included Margaret Teitsworth, a resident of Phoebe Terrace, Allentown, Dean Cunfer of Slatington and Paul Barna of Coplay.
From a fire company expansion to an ammo purchase, public safety issues dominated the recent meeting of Bethlehem Township Commissioners.
Nancy Run Fire Company will start a $1 million expansion this summer, according to trustee Bill Andress.
At their May 20 meeting, commissioners approved a building additions and renovations plan by a 4-0 vote. Commissioner Tom Nolan was absent. Although commissioners have given a green light, the volunteer fire company still had a zoning hearing scheduled for May 29, at which dimensional variances were to be sought.
Hanover Township Supervisors learned that their finances are in good shape during their May 14 meeting. Independent auditor Todd Bushta, in a review of 2012's revenues and expenditures, has issued what he calls a "clean report" in the accounting of $23,821,814 in net assets at the end of the year. Total revenue was $8,840,837, of which $5,090,316 came from taxes. Expenses were $7,907,171, leaving the township with a surplus of $933,666.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: TIF vote on Hamilton Crossings deferred pending evaluation of traffic impact
The Lehigh County Commissioners deferred a vote on whether to approve a tax increment financing plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center at its May 22 meeting.
Director of Community and Economic Development Cindy Feinberg recommended the deferral because the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has not had a chance to look at the traffic impact of the proposed project, which was a concern to some commissioners.
Outgoing Nitschmann MS Principal Jackie Santanasto was toasted and roasted at a May 28 retirement reception held in the ArtsQuest Center's Fowler Room by over 125 of her family, friends and education colleagues.
In a short video prepared for the occasion by Nitschmann staff, Santanasto was identified by her colleagues as "inspirational, supportive, positive, a team player, elegant, compassionate and caring" among the many terms used. Perhaps the one description that best summed all of the sentiment was one that called Santanasto "one in a million."
The stands were packed at Notre Dame's gridiron June 2. But instead of shoulder pads and helmets, the uniform of the day was Oxford caps and graduation gowns as the Bethlehem Township school said good-bye to 123 seniors.
"The world is ours," announced valedictorian Jessica Ann Petrakovic, an Easton resident. If Notre Dame's graduating seniors are any indication, it will be a better world.