Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Saucon Valley voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for school board members, council members and to vote on an important Northampton County referendum related to Gracedale.
In spite of wet weather, Saucon Valley voters went to the polls Tuesday, cast ballots for school board and council candidates, and voted "yes" or "no" on a county-wide referendum that would prevent the sale of the Northampton County-owned home for the aged--Gracedale--for five years. With approximately 98 percent of county precincts reporting their unofficial totals, voters had overwhelmingly opposed the sale of Gracedale, voting approximately 73 percent to 27 percent to keep the facility county-owned in the near future. In the race for five at-large seats on the Saucon Valley School Board, the familiar names of four incumbent candidates dominated the top spots on both the Republican and Democratic sides of the ticket, but two newcomers …
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Today, May 17, is Primary Election Day--the day to make your choice for local officials, such as school board members who decide how your hard-earned tax dollars will be spent. Polls statewide will be open from 7am to 8pm. In Pennsylvania, primary elections are “closed,” meaning you must be registered as a Republican to vote for Republican candidates, or as a Democrat to vote for Democratic candidates. Voters registered as Independent can only vote on ballot questions (such as Northampton County’s Gracedale nursing home question) in this election. Some candidates are cross-filed, meaning they will appear on both the Republican and Democratic primary ballots. The seven candidates running for five at-large seats on the Saucon Valley School …
Friday, May 13, 2011
Democrats Priscilla deLeon (I) and David Willard, and Republican Thomas Maxfield (I) are the candidates for three open seats on Lower Saucon Township Council. A fourth candidate, incumbent Republican Sandra Yerger, is no longer on the ballot.
Editor's Note: Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch attempted to contact all current Lower Saucon Township Council candidates via email. However, Council Vice President Tom Maxfield did not receive the questions in time to answer them for Friday's story's publication. We have since received his answers and have added them below. We apologize for any misunderstanding this may have caused. We are committed to providing voters with a comprehensive view of local races and to that end, we apologize for any inconvenience the omission may have caused. In Tuesday's primary election, three candidates--including two incumbents--are running for three open seats on Lower Saucon Township Council. Each seat is for a four-year term. Patch submitted an identical…
Monday, May 9, 2011
The annual Saucon Valley History Day drew visitors to the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse, the Heller Homestead and the Wagner Grist Mill.
The annual Saucon Valley History Day celebration was held in Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township Saturday, with special events taking place at the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse, the Heller Homestead and the Wagner Grist Mill. Under a breathtakingly blue sky filled with puffy white clouds, the local historical organizations that maintain the three landmarks coordinated the event together and threw open their doors to both educate and entertain members of the public. At the historic Heller Homestead, which is maintained by the Saucon Valley Conservancy, a Civil War encampment, a plant sale and the opening reception for the homestead gallery's Young Artists exhibit were held. Artisans and craftspeople were on hand to sell their wares, …
Saturday, April 2, 2011
A controversy arose among members about whether to score the applications based upon a 65-point or 110-point scale.
A disagreement over how grant applications for casino revenues should be scored was resolved at the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority's March 28 meeting, but not before stark differences of opinion among several of the board's members were once again revealed. The disagreement first came to light in February, after several municipal officials requested information about how their applications for uncommitted funds grants had been scored, and how they ranked among the 46 applicants for approximately $700,000 in uncommitted funds the authority is prepared to award. At that time Gaming Authority Chairman John Finnigan said he was uncomfortable explaining to the municipalities how their applications had …
Monday, March 21, 2011
A number of candidates are running for Hellertown Borough Council, Lower Saucon Township Council and the Saucon Valley School Board.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Pennyslvania's primary election is less than two months away, so expect to see campaign signs and literature appearing in short order. And if you live in the Saucon Valley, expect to see the names of some of the individuals listed below prominently featured. These major party candidates for local office recently filed nominating petitions with the Northampton County Election Office, in order to be placed on the May 17 primary election ballot: Hellertown Borough Council - Four Year Term (Vote for Three) Lower Saucon Township Council - Four Year Term (Vote for Three) Saucon Valley School Board - Four Year Term (Vote for Five) At-Large Candidates:
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Works by graphic novella-inspired artist Donna Santiago are currently on display at the Heller Homestead Gallery through April 14.
The wintry weather to which we’ve recently grown accustomed thankfully took a break Feb. 7 and the artist reception at the Historic Heller Homestead in Lower Saucon Township was held as planned. Currently on display in the homestead's art gallery are the works of Donna Santiago. Santiago is originally from Queens, N.Y., and now resides in the Saucon Valley. Her chosen media varies, although she draws mostly in pencil and ink. She studied at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan where she was an illustration major, and says she enjoys painting and drawing because “it makes [her] who she is.” According to her biography, Santiago likes to draw “fantasy graphic novella and novels, which are the new illustrated novels.” She likes the …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
At their Jan. 19 meeting, Lower Saucon Township Council members Tom Maxfield and Priscilla deLeon disagreed about the reuse of slates from the soon-to-be-demolished Herman House.
A conversation about reusing building materials from a township-owned property scheduled for demolition devolved into a disagreement over the appropriateness of one council member's suggestion for their reuse at Lower Saucon Township Council's Jan. 19 meeting. The discussion about materials salvaged from the Herman House, at 2088 Polk Valley Road, pitted Vice President Tom Maxfield against council member Priscilla deLeon, who is also president of the not-for-profit Saucon Valley Conservancy. The conservancy is based out of the Michael Heller Homestead, a museum that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places last year. DeLeon's suggestion was to reuse slate tiles from the Herman House roof on a root cellar located on the Heller…