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Custom fishing rods fit for a president ... or two

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Emmaus resident Rick Patton getting into the business of making custom fishing rods is no fish tale.

Patton learned how to fish as a child from his uncle – a hobby he enjoyed.

Later in life, as an engineer, Patton was working in North Jersey constructing a scale model of a nuclear power plant in 1977 when he became friends with a co-worker who also enjoyed fishing.


Thursday, December 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Opinion

The perils of cancer treatment

My strong advice to anyone going through chemotherapy treatment or about to is listen to professional advice and heed any research you may uncover.

I finished my second chemo treatment Oct. 11. I personally didn’t think the treatment varied much from the first until a few days later. Rather than try to be as active as I possibly could, much of what I did involved sleeping a great deal. The excess sleep ultimately led to a short hospital stay — luckily, a stay of only a few days.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Contracts approved for 911 plan, center

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved two contracts at its May 10 meeting with Essential Management Solutions, LLC to provide 911 regionalization consolidation management services.

Rich Molchany, county director of general services, explained the contracts to the board.

According to Molchany, the first contract will provide construction management for a consolidated 911 communications center and regionalized equipment plan.

Molchany said Lehigh County is different than Bethlehem City and Northampton.


Thursday, April 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

County discusses additional fee for vehicle registration

Those living in Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each non-exempt vehicle registration.

The board of commissioners at its April 12 meeting discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.


Thursday, April 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Plans for Cedarbrook Nursing Home revealed

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners now have an idea of potential design plans and upgrades to Cedarbrook Nursing Home.

The board at its March 22 meeting were presented drafts for six options by the architectural firm Roth Marz Partnership, PC.

According to Rick Molchany, county director of general services, the study covers construction and the costs for building a variety of choices for Cedarbrook.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

County transfer of funds to benefit Cedarbrook

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund which will go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill, sponsored by Commissioner Dan Hartzell, specifically provides for the intergovernmental transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services to provide the non-federal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.


Thursday, March 2, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Redistricting reform bill supported

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Bond refinancing approved

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance at the Feb. 8 meeting which will net a savings to the county of $4 million.

The measure authorizes the refinancing of county general obligation bonds, series 2017.

“This is basically an attempt to save some money by refinancing our bond issues,” Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, sponsor of the bill, said.

According to Dougherty, with the refinancing, the county’s payment will drop from roughly 5 percent interest to 1.2 to 2.25 percent.

Lehigh County begins working on livable landscapes plan

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new county livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at the Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

Bradley said one of the primary, universal concerns was not enough people in and around the county know about the wide variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Reorganization yields Nothstein chairman, Holt vice chair

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners met Jan. 3 to reorganize for 2017.

Marty Nothstein, of Lowhill Township, was elected to serve as chair of the board and Amanda Holt, of Upper Macungie Township, to serve as vice chairperson.

Nothstein replaces Commissioner Brad Osborne and Holt replaces Michael Schware.

In an email to The Press Jan. 6, Nothstein said he is excited to serve as chair and lead the nine member board.