The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year Jan. 6.
Larissa Bruder, executive secretary to the township mayor, led the oath of office for the newly elected board members. Randy Atiyeh, Philip J. Ginder, Charles G. Fisher and Jeffrey J. Warren were sworn in, while board veterans Joseph J. Marx Jr. and Thomas Slonaker observed.
Mayor Michael P. Harakal Jr. was also sworn in during the meeting.
Ginder was elected president of the board. Marx was elected vice president. Slonaker was re-elected secretary.
Coplay Mayor Dean Molitoris called the reorganization meeting to order Jan. 6.
The mayor swore in three members of council — incumbents Janet Eisenhauer and Mark Molitoris and newly elected Richard Kern.
Council voted to install Louis Bodish as council president and Charles Sodl as vice president.
The council pro-tem position was given to Carl Lukenbach.
On the staff positions, Kimberly Bachman was sworn in as the borough secretary/treasurer. Attorney James Preston will continue as borough solicitor.
At the Dec. 11 meeting, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved 8-1 the Lehigh County Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, which had its first reading at the last meeting.
The program will apply to building owners within Lehigh County and be known as the Lehigh County Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, or C-PACE Program.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel were visited Dec. 16 by a group of happy dogs from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs.
Knowing the stress that first responders are subject to, Kim Blichar, director of marketing and public relations with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, invited the group to bring their dogs to the operations center on Broadway Street, South Whitehall Township.
The dogs visited with employees in the finance department, the dispatch center and the crew room where paramedics, emergency medical technicians and paratransit drivers await assignments.
Coplay Borough Council meets 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Legal and Legislative Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
In partnership with the staff of Emmaus High School’s Collage literary magazine, Let’s Play Books!, 244 Main St., Emmaus, hosted a presentation and book signing by children’s author Jan Brett Nov. 30.
Brett, who considers herself “more illustrator than author,” arrived at EHS in what one news release described as her “rock star bus.”
The stop was part of the first leg of a national tour to promote her latest book, “The Tale of the Tiger Slippers.”