In a unanimous vote Feb. 13, the Salisbury Township School Board approved the 2013-2014 preliminary general fund budget reflecting total expenditures in the amount of $31,788.041.
Superintendent Michael Roth was authorized to apply for all referendum exceptions. Roth said he will continue to look for ways to cut the budget and save money where possible.
Board members Samuel DeFrank, George Gatanis and John Moyer were not in attendance and did not vote on the preliminary budget.
The Lehigh County Commissioners discussed a plan to extend the Lehigh County Authority's charter at its Feb. 13 meeting.
The Lehigh County Authority, a provider of water to the majority of Lehigh County, currently has 36 years remaining on its charter, but the charter needs to be extended to 50 years for the authority to be able to bid on the lease for Allentown's water.
The Allentown Rescue Mission, located at 355 Hamilton St., Allentown, has welcomed a new director who attended the Feb. 12 T.R.I.A.D. meeting.
Chris Aylward, of Syracuse, N.Y., officially started his job as chief executive officer at the mission in January. Aylward has over 20 years of experience assisting homeless and impoverished people and has come to Allentown to continue to fulfill his passion of helping people in need.
It was a night of fun and reminiscing at the Germansville Fire Hall recently.
Approximately 215 people gathered to celebrate the 77th annual Versommling of Grundsow Lodge Nummer Ains an da Lechaw.
Members were serenaded by The Rhine-landers, a group who plays German songs popular with the patrons.
They topped off their repertoire with the timeless classic, "Schnitzelbank."
Dennis Hartman administered the oath to the members after the Rev. Russell Heintzelman gave the invocation.
The Twelfth Night Festival presented each year in January at Christ Lutheran Church, 13th and Hamilton streets, Allentown, is a highlight of the season. This year, the 31st annual festival was performed to a sold- out crowd.
Families enjoy participating in the performance together. For example, the four members of the Lea family from Salisbury Township all take part in Twelfth Night. Father Victor is Casper, one of the three kings, wife Susan is the Peacock Lady-in-Waiting, son Luke Lea is a king's page and daughter Alexandra is the Christkind.
The Verizon Telecom Pioneer Club will hold their monthly meeting, with the installation of 2013 officers, 1 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1533 Springhouse Road, Whitehall. Bring nonperishable food for the food bank.
Old Zionsville UCC Church, 5981 Fountain Road, Old Zionsville, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale 7 to 11 a.m. There will be a cost for guests six and over for breakfast. The public is welcome to attend. For information, call 610-966-5115.
Families of the tiniest babies at Lehigh Valley Hospital are now able to view them in real time on their computer or smart phone through a webcam system developed by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The new system was unveiled at a news conference Feb 5 at the hospital's Cedar Crest campus.
Jacelia Cruz and Samuel Colon, of Bethlehem, whose baby, Janiya, was born two months prematurely in mid-January, marvel at the technology.
"Without being able to see my baby at any time I want to, I think I'd have to live here to be close to her," Cruz said.
PRESS PHOTOS BY EMILY THIEL
Miller-Keystone Blood Center holds a blood drive at St. Thomas More.
As Cedar Crest College's William D. Reimert lecture speaker for 2013, documentary filmmaker and philanthropist, Abigail Disney, will be speaking on "Why Women Matter" 7 p.m. March 14 in Samuels Theatre.
Disney, the daughter of Roy E. Disney, will also be receiving an honorary degree from Cedar Crest College before hosting the lecture. Disney spoke to the Lehigh Valley Press preceding the event about topics she will be discussing.
The phone rings; another dramatic death has occurred. D.B. Russell, Julie "Finn" Finlay, Nick Stokes and Sara Sidle rush into action. That's how it works in the fictional world of "CSI: Las Vegas." In Pennsylvania, coroners and their staffs investigate loss of life.