Some were public officials looking to better understand their leadership role; some were professional planners bolstering their expertise; and a few were private residents who were curious about how their community is run.
A new class of eight citizen planners was recognized Jan. 25 for completing more than 30 hours of Lehigh Valley Government Academy courses offered at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) offices.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to participate in the RecycleMania competition. Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste-reduction activities to their campus communities.
Penn State Extension is offering a class for interested individuals to provide the latest information regarding control of the Spotted Lanternfly and what the public can do to help. The event will be held 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Berks County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 1238 County Welfare, Leesport.
The Spotted Lanternfly is an extremely invasive insect that affects gardens and landscape plants as well as important Pennsylvania commodities. This past fall, the quarantine for Spotted Lanternfly expanded to include 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong has selected Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. to be his new director of administration.
“Mayor Hozza will bring a proven track record of versatile and strategic leadership and a strong command of the issues and concerns of municipalities and townships throughout Lehigh County,” Armstrong said.
In a special ceremony at the state Capitol Jan. 2, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, of Whitehall Township, was sworn in to represent the Lehigh Valley’s 133rd Legislative District.
McNeill won a Dec. 5, 2017, special election to complete the term of her late husband, Dan, who died Sept. 8, 2017.
The oath was administered by state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty as family and friends looked on.
McNeill becomes the 48th female currently serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
On a frigid and windy December night, the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee set out to judge the 11th annual North Catasauqua small Town USA holiday home decorating contest. The committee toured the borough viewing the homes of this year’s contestants, which totaled 30 homes this year.
The contest entries varied from simple to elaborate, as they helped to make North Catasauqua sparkle and shine bright this year for the holiday season.
To a full house at Keystone Pub and Grill, Grape Street, Whitehall, the Leiner for Congress campaign hosted an event Nov. 11 to officially kick off the campaign for Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District.
The event started with some introductory words from Will Leiner, the candidate’s son, followed by a viewing of the campaign’s official announcement video that was released the week before.
Bill Leiner Jr., Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, then addressed the crowd.
For Ricardo Menendez, a paramedic at Cetronia Ambulance Corps, the memories of when he had been deployed to Hurricanes Gustav and Sandy as a member of the Cetronia Strike Team came rushing back when the recent string of hurricanes devastated so many lives in the United States and Puerto Rico.
During Hurricanes Gustav and Sandy, Menendez, of Whitehall, was on the front lines of the devastation and even shared quarters with families affected by the disaster.
Bethlehem resident Samantha X. Dorney, a Libertarian, is seeking the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Dec. 5 special election.
“Voters of the 133rd District have a unique opportunity to send a message to Harrisburg,” according to Dorney. “While Republicans and Democrats in the legislature continue to play games with the budget, choosing special interests on both sides of the aisle, district residents can choose an independent citizen who answers to them and them alone.”
David Molony, of Catasauqua, was unanimously selected as the Republican nominee to run for the state representative seat in the 133rd Legislative District. The selection was announced Oct. 11 by the Republican Committee of Lehigh County.
The seat was left vacant by the Sept. 8 death of state Rep. Dan McNeill.
A special election will be held Dec. 5. Molony will face McNeill’s widow, Jeanne, who is the Democratic nominee.