This year, Lehigh County residents will vote for the United States Representative from the 15th Congressional District.
As a result of redistricting after the 2010 Census, the portion of Upper Macungie that previously was in the 6th District is now part of the 15th.
But the district has also shifted west, dropping Easton and part of Bethlehem and picking up parts of the I-78 corridor toward Dauphin County.
Those changes should make the district, which has been in Republican hands under Pat Toomey and Charlie Dent for over a decade, even less Democratic.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15, was recently honored with The Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for consistently voting in favor of the farming community.
"The award recognizes those members of congress who support policies that help farmers obtain profitability with less regulatory interference and increase demand for U.S. products through new uses and enhanced trade opportunities," Arland Schantz, governmental relations director for the Lehigh County Farm Bureau, explained.
Bethlehem Area School District officials discussed long-term financing options and the impact of possible plans for Nitschmann MS at their Oct. 8 meeting.
As board members and consulting engineers continue to analyze and refine plans largely laid four years ago, one thing became clear for the first time; the board is now leaning away from offering a referendum on the school's future.
It's become apparent that even the most expensive option – building a new school and leveling the current one – is well within the district's budget.
In our Oct. 3 edition, we incorrectly reported that Fountain Hill residents no longer have to worry about their excess tree branches and lawn clippings. Residents will be able to use a new chipper for a yearly fee.
Attending to borough business Oct. 9 degenerated into a caterwauling free-for-all between residents, council and fire department representatives.
More than two months after an argument over council and borough employee use of a break room staked out by the fire department, Freemansburg's public meetings have become a hotbed of rumor-mongering, imagined slights and charges of disenfranchisement and unfairness.
At their Oct. 9 meeting, Hanover Supervisors unanimously appointed seven residents and planning experts to a Traffic Impact Advisory Committee. The persons named are Paul Kuehne, Eugene Mills, Kerry Wrobel, Joseph Gardner, Michael Schmalzer, Barry Check and Richard Kaniskie. This is the group that determines impact fees on new development, in proportion to how it affects traffic during peak commuter periods. The money generated is then used for roadway improvements.
A local resident has organized a blood drive at ArtsQuest SteelStacks Nov. 4 in honor of her daughter, Tonya Rosado, who died in 2010.
Judy Negrete last year organized a 5K race and this year is continuing to help the community to honor Rosado's memory. "It involved a lot of work and time," said Negrete, "but it helped me with my grieving process because I was able to spend my days preparing and organizing, and putting this together with the help of friends and family members allowed me the support I needed to deal with her loss."
Two school principals and a psychotherapist spoke against Abe Atiyeh's quest for a residential drug and alcohol rehab center during a four-and-a-half hour hearing before Bethlehem's five-member Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) Oct. 16. About 35 people attended this second night of testimony concerning this proposed facility, which would be located at 2110 Center St. That's just 380 feet from Bethlehem Catholic HS, and right next door to Vitalistic Therapeutic Charter School.