Friday, December 21, 2012
The historic cemetery on Creek Road in Bethlehem contains the graves of early Heller settlers, after whom Hellertown was named.
A Hellertown Borough councilwoman said Dec. 3 that she is trying to recruit students from the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School to help restore crumbling stone walls surrounding the Lime Kiln Burial Ground on Creek Road as an educational project. The small cemetery is historically significant because it contains the graves of Heller settlers, after whom the borough is named. Although it is in Bethlehem, the burial ground is owned and maintained by the borough. Nolf, who is an educator in the Bethlehem Area School District, told council the work that needs to be performed is "a doable project" for the high school students. She has initiated discussions at the Vo-Tech and will continue to update council on her efforts, she said.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The first meeting of the Hellertown Pool Committee will be held Monday, Dec. 10 at 6:30pm at Borough Hall. Among other things, the committee will examine daily rate increases that were enacted mid-season this year.
It may be December, and the holidays, but it's never too early to start thinking about swim season for some. And if you're particularly passionate about the Hellertown Pool, you should consider attending the first meeting of the new Hellertown Pool Committee, which will be held Monday at 6:30pm at Borough Hall. The committee is being formed to consider possible changes to admission fees and rules for the 2013 summer season. Daily rates for residents and non-residents were doubled mid-season this year, after borough council members heard numerous complaints about behavior and police responded to incidents of theft at the popular recreational facility. Some pool supporters blamed an influx of patrons from outside Hellertown and Lower Saucon …
Monday, November 19, 2012
On Nov. 5 Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp thanked members of the public for remaining calm during the recent power outage that lasted for up to a week for some residents.
In a situation that was extremely trying for many local families, calm and order prevailed, Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Nov. 5. Shupp praised residents for reacting stoically in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, whose high winds left much of the borough in the dark for days. "This was hard," he said. "I would like to thank the public, because everybody really took this in stride." "I don't think we had one call that was involving an argument or a fight at a gas station or something like that," he added. "It was nice to see that nobody acted out or anything like that." Shupp credited the fact that Dewey Fire Co. Social Hall was opened as a heated comfort station for residents for helping improve the situation…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ann Henshaw told Borough Council Oct. 1 that various factors should be considered in judging the cleanliness of the public restroom in Dimmick Park.
In response to two borough members' criticism of the Dimmick Park women's restroom's cleanliness last month, a resident and volunteer spoke out at borough council's Oct. 1 meeting. Ann Henshaw is the wife of Hellertown Public Works Director Tom Henshaw, but she told council she had decided to address the criticism as both a resident and volunteer at events that are held in the park. On Sept. 17, Henshaw was told by council members Gail Nolf and Tom Rieger to pay more attention to the state of the restrooms, which are heavily used during youth football games. Nolf said the floors in the women's restroom have been so dirty that she's heard complaints from park visitors. She cited "skeletonized bugs" as a concern and asked that the floors be …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Hellertown Borough councilwoman Gail Nolf told Public Works Director Tom Henshaw Sept. 17 that the floors at the women's restroom in Dimmick Park are "disgusting."
A Hellertown Borough Council member requested that special attention be given to the women's restroom at Dimmick Park Sept. 17. Councilwoman Gail Nolf told Public Works Director Tom Henshaw that the floors in the bathroom are "disgusting" and covered with "skeletonized bugs." Nolf said she's heard complaints about the facilities during youth football games at the park, although she said she's unsure about conditions in the men's room. The women's restroom "needs pressure-washing," she told Henshaw. "Somebody has to go in and clean the floor." Henshaw responded to the concern by telling Nolf that he already checks the women's restroom on a daily basis, and that it's cleaned regularly. When he said he didn't think he could pressure-wash the…
Monday, August 13, 2012
On Aug. 6, Hellertown resident Christine Bauer criticized Borough Council's mid-summer decision to double daily admission rates for all pool attendees.
At a meeting Aug. 6, a Hellertown resident shared strong words with borough council about recently increased daily admission rates at the Hellertown Pool. Christine Bauer, of New York Avenue, said residents have been negatively impacted by the decision to double daily rates; a decision council made in mid-July, following complaints about overcrowding and behavioral issues among some patrons. "I think you guys are punishing the Hellertown residents and it’s not fair," Bauer said. "I think when the decision was made, the entire picture was not looked at." She told council that she would like rates to return to what they were for residents, which was $5 for an adult day pass and $4 for a child day pass. Councilwoman Gail Nolf said others have…
Friday, June 15, 2012
On June 4 Hellertown Borough Council discussed proposed changes to the borough's ordinance regulating fires and open burning.
Hellertown residents who are fans of the Mexican-descended outdoor fireplaces known as chimineas may soon be able to use them as such, Borough Council members decided at their meeting June 4. Council members discussed changes to the borough's ordinance regulating open fires and burning, and several recommended that the use of chimineas be considered as part of the overhaul that incorporates language from the International Fire Code. Councilwoman Gail Nolf said residents should be allowed to build blazes in the popular ceramic fireplaces, regardless of whether they plan to cook on them or not. "If we want to allow chimineas, let's just allow them," she said, adding that she does not own one. Police Chief Robert Shupp agreed. He told council…
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
On June 4, Hellertown Borough Council unanimously approved paying a $15 daily stipend to animal control officer Scott Ziegler when stray dogs are kept in the borough's canine holding facility for more than 24 hours.
Hellertown's animal control officer, Scott Ziegler, recently went above and beyond to help care for a stray pit bull puppy named Spike, Borough Council was told June 4. Spike was held in the borough's kennel for 25 days, but has since been adopted. And Ziegler's efforts to care for him were belatedly recognized when council voted unanimously to begin paying him a $15 daily stipend in future, similar instances involving stray dogs that are temporarily cared for by the borough. Ziegler will receive the daily stipend in exchange for feeding and exercising dogs that are held at the facility for more than 24 hours, council decided. If a dog is ultimately claimed by its owner, payment of the accrued amount will be the responsibility of that …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sixth-grader Connor Jackson, of Lower Saucon Township, plans to travel to England and France this summer as part of the "People to People" student ambassador program.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to note that Connor Jackson did not request a specific donation amount from the Borough of Hellertown. An earlier published version of the story also indicated that Connor is a seventh grade student (he is in sixth grade). We apologize for any confusion these errors may have caused. A local middle school student hopes to be a Grade A representative for Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township when he travels to Europe this summer as part of the "People to People" student ambassador program. Connor Jackson, a sixth-grader at Saucon Valley Middle School, plans to visit England and France from June 27 to July 14, Hellertown mayor Richard Fluck told Borough Council April 2. Highlights of the trip will …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Gail Nolf is a volunteer with Dewey Fire Company No. 1 in Hellertown.
Name: Gail Nolf Lives in: Hellertown Family: 2 sons, 2 grandchildren Job: Teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District, Dewey Fire Company No. 1 Firefighter, Hellertown Borough Council member Fire company: Dewey Fire Company No. 1 Training so far: Ladders Training, Essentials, Hazmat, Emergency Vehicle, Ropes, Wildfire Training What's being a volunteer firefighter like? "It's very satisfying and it's a lot of fun. I think that if a person lives in a community, they should contribute to the community and this is the way I'm able to contribute. I like it. I feel like I'm good at it. It's a sense of satisfaction knowing you can do something that's helpful to the community." How do your loved ones feel about you putting your life in danger? "…