"Once an Eagle, always an Eagle."
These words, spoken by keynote presenter Dr. Charles D. Peters Jr., are not an original statement, but instead a lasting mantra used over the years at Eagle Scout celebrations.
It was only appropriate he chose such a longstanding phrase for the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award, which began back in 1912.
This year, 213 Eagle Scouts from the class of 2012 were honored for their accomplishment of attaining the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America May 22 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Fogelsville.
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.
Lehigh County has posted the election results which are unofficial until certified by the Board of Electors.
Scott Ott (R) - 6,837 votes
Dean N. Browning (R) - 5,429 votes
Tom Muller (D) - 8,481 votes
Voters were asked to choose one candidate.
County commissioner - District 5
Michael P. Schware (R) - 1,073 votes
Nathan Brown, (R) - 928 votes
Norma A. Cusick (R) - 664 votes
Kevin P. Ryan (R) - 625 votes
Wesley Barrett (D) - 1,454 votes
Stephen P. Walters (D) - 668 votes
For the second time in as many years, the search is on for a new Lehigh County executive.
William Hansel resigned May 17 due to failing health and county commissioners have until July 2 to fill the vacancy.
"First and foremost, our thoughts and hopes and prayers go out to Bill Hansel and his family," Commissioners' Chairwoman Lisa Scheller said.
Scheller said applications for the position needed to be returned by May 28, 10 days after the vacancy.
The deadline for recommendation from the intergovernmental and appointments committee is June 17.
It might sound like pocket change compared to the total amount of money needed to build the new Nitschmann MS, but no matter what anyone thinks of the approximately $7 million the Bethlehem Area School District wants to help pay for the new school construction and other projects, and in spite of a funding freeze, the school board has decided to go after the money anyway.
The Saucon Valley School Board wants to make it five years in a row without a tax increase.
The board at its May 14 meeting approved the 2013-14 proposed budget by a vote of 7-2, with school board members Sandra Miller and Sharon Stack voting no.
This year's $40.7 million budget was made possible by utilizing $104,511 from the district's $2.1 million undesignated fund balance to avoid a tax increase.
The board passed the budget while funding a behavioral specialist at $8,108 and not replacing two retiring teachers and funding only one bus purchase, rather than two.
Residents of Lehigh County gathered May 18 for a historical walk on the D&L Rail Trail.
The walk was hosted by the D&L Rails-to-Trails Committee, a nonprofit set up to maintain the D&L Trail and promote local events on the old canal and railroad route. The group has hosted events before, including an interpretative bike ride last October, but this was the committee's first attempt at holding a walk.
Nancy Thatcher, president of the D&L Rails to Trails Committee, explained why she wanted more residents to be able to come out.
"Not everyone rides a bike," she said.
A Northampton landmark, Newhard Pharmacy, owned by father and son Jack and John Pavis, and its staff will be premiered in Las Vegas on July 8.
Although not Hollywood with its usual brilliant red carpet treatment, the event will be just as exciting. Amerisource Bergen will select its "Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year," at which time the video of the four finalists, including Newhard's, will be shown on a large screen.
Whatever the outcome, Newhard's owners are happy just to be selected as finalists.
"We feel that we are already winners," said Jack Pavis.
The Bethlehem Area School District Board accepted the proposed $224.1 million budget proposal May 13, which will amount to a 2.1 percent tax hike.
Board members argued for weeks whether it could afford five new all-day kindergarten classes, and ultimately voted 5-3 against an even greater tax increase despite overall support behind the idea.
Of sunnier news is the budget includes money for the building and repairs of several elementary school playgrounds.
On the night of July 7, 1950, Eleanor Pettinos had a fatal confrontation with her young Italian lover. As he aimed his gun at her, she may have wondered how she, of all people, came to be in this predicament.