With St. John's United Church of Christ, Fullerton, expecting its membership to increase dramatically this summer by more than 100 persons, it is looking to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners to help develop the church's Field of Dreams.
Board President Linda Snyder, at the board's workshop meeting Monday, released information that St. John's UCC, Grape Street, has requested a $1,000 fee waiver so it can file a zoning appeal with the township's Zoning Hearing Board.
Six candidates for Whitehall Township commissioner in the May 19 primary election took to the stage at a forum sponsored by the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce April 28 at the Zentz Community Room on the Fellowship Community campus.
Candidates Edwin L. Kutz Jr., Ann M. Freyman, Jeffrey L. Dutt, Philip J. Ginder, Phillips Armstrong and Dennis Hower addressed the large crowd.
Ginder, Armstrong and Hower presently serve on the board of commissioners.
There are four commissioner seats open on the ballot.
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only such museum in the United States renowned for its collection of artifacts that tell the story of cement manufacturing in Northampton and the region, will open its 2015 season this Sunday.
Located at 1401 Laubach Ave., in a wing of borough hall, Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas museum will be open to the public the second and fourth Sundays of the month, 1-3 p.m., through September. Admission is free.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. disclosed at the township board of commissioners meeting on Monday that Parkview Pool, Hokendauqua, requires emergency repairs before it opens for the summer.
Reporting that tile at the pool is falling off, Hozza said grouting and expansion joints will have to be repaired and the entire pool will need to be hydroblasted.
The repair work could cost as much as $115,230.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. and Commissioner Gerard Palagonia, at a candidates forum April 28, touted economic development as the engine that creates jobs and keeps property taxes from spiraling out of control.
The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the program, held in the Zentz Community Room on the Fellowship Community campus.
Palagonia said the idled 23-acre Lehigh Valley Dairy property is a development priority.
"My feeling is we need a hotel in Whitehall," he said.
Massive concrete beams arrived last week at the construction site of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge as work on the new bridge ramps up.
"There is a lot of work going on," Rick Molchany, Lehigh County's director of general services, said.
The projected opening for the bridge, which spans the Lehigh River, is expected sometime in December.
The bridge was scheduled to open last November, but its opening was pushed back to April.
An engineering study involving the historic Saylor Cement Kilns, Coplay, has been completed.
The findings and recommendations will be presented at a public meeting that could come as soon as next month.
Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, is hoping to hold the meeting late in May. The meeting will be open to the public and likely will include officials from neighboring communities.
Molchany was hesitant to provide cost estimates for the brick kilns restoration project but said, "It's going to take time; it's millions."
A $654,642 payment to Whitehall Township from the state will enable the township to repair its streets, along with installing street lights.
The money is an annual subsidy for the liquid fuels payment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The funds are a small portion being returned to municipalities across the state from taxes drivers pay when they fill up their vehicles with gasoline.
Whitehall Mini Mart is no stranger to its customers purchasing winning lottery tickets.
However, the recent purchase of a $2 million winning Powerball ticket was certainly over the top for the Lehigh Street store.
The man who purchased the winning ticket is in his 80s. According to Sam Patel, the store's owner, the man stopped in the store following the April 11 Powerball drawing, proclaiming, "I got the winning ticket!"
Patel said the man told him he had bought the Powerball ticket, with the winning numbers, for his 36-year-old son.
West Coplay Maennerchor commemorated its 100th anniversary Sunday. The festivities began with an honorary member dinner and program paying tribute to those with 25 or more years of service. And it was held in the original hall where it all began in 1915. Most of the 77 honorary members were present for the event.
The Maennerchor was organized May 5, 1915, by a group of men with German and Austrian roots "to further the uplift of the workers through song."