The Advisory Council of the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging recognized 12 individual older adults at the 2018 Outstanding Senior Awards. These awards were presented April 26 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Many public officials honored the award recipients along with us, via the issuance of citations. Half of them are from the Bethlehem area:
The 2017-18 school year isn’t over yet, but the Bethlehem Area School Board is already starting the long process on creating a budget for next school year. The first step in the process was a budget workshop on back in late March. At this presentation, the district administrators announced their top three priorities for the 2018-19 school year: literacy, technology and student services/support.
Northampton County’s Retirement Board, which manages the pensions of roughly 2,000 county retirees, has voted to end a practice that was chipping away at pension checks. To be specific, the board has directed the county to stop deducting medical contributions from retiree benefits after determining that the practice is illegal. The board made this decision May 3.
April was a busy month for Fountain Hill Borough Council. At the April 3 meeting, council received an update on the MS4 project from Jason Smith, of Hanover Engineering. Hanover had submitted the suggested proposal to the DEP and received the comments back. There were approximately five comments to address from the DEP.
Every year since 1985, high school students from around the country gather to compete in a challenge based science competition, Science Olympiad. The nationwide program has multiple levels, and the State of Pennsylvania has a large state competition every year. The 2018 competition was held at Kutztown University on March 15.
Back in the late 80s, Gracedale Nursing Home offered a tuition assistance program for county employees interested in nursing. The program was a success; nevertheless, the county discontinued it. Human Services Director Susan Wandalowski would like to restore this program, especially since there are 23 open LPN and 33 open RN positions. Northampton County Council gave its blessing at its April 19 meeting.
The Lehigh County Historical Society hosted a presentation and exhibit commemorating the 153rd anniversary of former President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14 at J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.
The focus of the event was about the train that transported Lincoln’s remains to his final resting place in Springfield, Ill.
Artifacts such as a replica of Lincoln’s casket were on display.
Guests dined on gingerbread cake, Lincoln’s favorite dessert and received a replica of the program from a memorial procession held in Allentown after Lincoln’s death.