In contrast to Bethlehem Township, where two commissioners have been challenged and a ballot challenge is under way, the supervisors' race in Hanover Township is quiet. Supervisors John N. Diacogiannis and Stephen R. Salvesen, both of them Republicans, face no challenges to their $2,500 per year position.
At their March 12 meeting, they tormented Solicitor Jim Broughal with a resolution declaring the week of March 17 as Solicitors' Week in Hanover Township. Broughal has served the township since 1979. They threatened Hanover Engineering's Jim Milot that he's next.
Hellertown Borough Manager Cathy Kichline presented borough council with positive year-end report for 2012.
According to the report, the general fund income for 2012 was $3,862,002, which was 7 percent more than initially projected. The expenses were $3,724,446 or a 3.5 percent increase from last year. The revenue over expenses amounted to $137,556.
"One must take in to consideration the borough used $167,500 of its 2011 fund balance," the report stated in regard to the difference.
Five hundred thousand is a pretty hefty number, especially when it signifies a landmark donation by a grassroots program advocating childhood reading.
It's a mark Lehigh Valley Cops 'n' Kids Reading Room made in November, giving away its half-millionth free book to children at Sheridan ES in Allentown. It's a remarkable milestone for this local branch of the nonprofit which, under the direction of retired teacher Beverly Bradley, had an original goal of only 1,000 books.
St. Michael's Cemetery is a somber sight, but not just for the usual reasons.
In January the Southside cemetery that sits at the intersection of East Fourth and State streets was vandalized, leaving two mausoleums and several tombstones covered in graffiti. Several more headstones lie toppled over.
The state of the St. Michael's inspired South Bethlehem Historical Society President Dana Grubb to bring in Robert Mosko of Mosko Cemetery Monument Services to give a presentation at the society's March 12 meeting.
Northampton County Executive John Stoffa made a surprise appearance before Bethlehem Township Commissioners during their March 4 meeting. Like an Ancient Greek appearing before the formidable walls of Troy, he came bearing gifts, too. His was a pledge to assist in helping develop Housenick Park. But unlike Ulysses, Stoffa played no tricks.
"They're driving the bus," he said of the commissioners after the meeting. "We're just going along for the ride."
St. Joseph's Slovenian Church on Fifth Street in South Bethlehem opened its doors March 16 for the second annual celebratory Mass honoring Saint Joseph.
Ethnic Slovenians from Bethlehem and from as far away as Annapolis, Md., attended. One of those, Sharon Messics of Annapolis was there with her niece, Erica Messics. Erica's grandmother, Jennie Messics, also attended.
Several Bethlehem Water Authority projects are inching toward completion, according to reports given at the March directors' 14 meeting.
The largest of these is the long-running wind energy study, which is likely to see its first physical manifestation in the form of two meteorological towers – essentially weather study sensors – in Penn Forest Township.