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MAY 9-15, 2013 Your Local News 50 cents Bath Lions Mark 85th Year, Page 7 The Home News Bath Council okays bid to Reconstruct park pavilion By BILL HALBFOERSTER The Home News Bath Borough Council on Monday approved a low bid by a Mountaintop contractor to get the ball rolling for reconstruction of the Keystone Park pavilion. The bid from C. E. Ankiewicz was $204,000, significantly higher than the $126,000 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had allocated to rebuild the hurricane-damaged pavilion, Borough Manager Tom Petrucci said. But he said that a FEMA representative told him the agency will pay for the overrun as long as the borough follows the original scope of work. To cover the balance on the last payment, Council will borrow from the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGT) or a local bank, and then be reimbursed by FEMA. The contractor has 120 days to tear down the old pavilion, build a new retaining wall, and complete the pavilion and parking lot. Another bid that the borough received was for $253,900. Other Matters • Diane Smith had numerous questions for Council. Truck Burns Heavy black smoke rose from a vehicle that was consumed by a raging fire on Saturday, April 29 at about 9 a.m. The vehicle was parked beyond the railroad tracks on S. Walnut St. Bath Firefighters extinguished the blaze and local and state police also responded to the scene. – Home News photo First, she would like sidewalks installed up to her home, but was told the borough would have to do it for others. She said some people are getting sidewalks for free, while others have to pay for them. Petruccci answered that a Census Block Tract is for low income areas, making them eligible for a CDBG grant that includes S. Chestnut St., Old Forge Dr., one side of W. Main St., and Green St. She also owns a S. Walnut St. shopping mall and questioned why a business there could not replace a sign, but Firefighters followed tradition by pushing East Allen’s new fire was told he can’t because of truck into the station. They had an assist from the truck’s 515 – Home News photos a new ordinance. Petrucci H.P. diesel engine. asked Council for directions on how and when to enforce the new law that they passed on Monday. “Whatever you think is best,” said Council President Robert Fields. Petrucci said most violations are temporary signs. By BILL HALBFOERSTER and others worked together • In a report for the fire- The Home News as a team since the fall of fighters, it was noted that EnThe East Allen Township 2012. Mrs. Schaffer also was gine 4011 had to have repairs, Volunteer Fire Department a part of it, bringing food to and they cost $6,141. had a two-part ceremony un- Andrew and his dad and ev• Fields announced that der sun-filled, blue skies this eryone at the station as they Petrucci has been serving as past Saturday, May 4 at their worked on bricks at the flagborough manager in Bath station along Nor-Bath Blvd. pole. Additional bricks will for a year. He was applaud- (Rt. 329). be purchased when there is a ed. Fields also noted that the More than 100 people were fund-raiser for more. Looking Nazareth Chamber of Com- in attendance as both a flag- to the audience, with more merce now carries the name pole and their new 95-ft. Scouts in attendance, Frantz Nazareth – Bath Area Cham- tower aerial fire truck were said he has applications availber of Commerce. dedicated. able if they’d like to join the • Councilman Mike Reph, The flagpole was an Eagle department. reporting on the Lehigh Val- Scout project done by Scout The ceremony opened as ley Planning Commission, Andrew Schaffer of Troop 43 the flag was raised with milisaid there is a new initiative in Bath. All of the work and tary assistance provided by that will have 13 valley bridg- funding sources were done VFW Post 7293 of Egypt as the es replaced. Another billion by Andrew, with help and colors were marked. The Nadollars may come from the support given to him by his tional Anthem was sung by state to replace infrastructure, father and some members Michelle Krill and the prayer hopefully to include Bath’s of the fire department. The offered by The Rev. Glenn bridge. engraved bricks around the Rice. • Councilwoman Carol flagpole were donated by Anthony acknowledged all Bear-Heckman promoted the people whose names appear the key personnel of the fire new Bath guide, and the gar- on them. department as well as digniden faire that the Gov. Wolf As Ray Anthony and Fire taries who were present. In Historical Society will have Chief Barry Frantz of the de- her remarks, State Represenon May 17-18. partment noted, they always tative Marcia Hahn said she • Councilwoman Jennifer wanted a flagpole after an has had three favorite groups George thanked the Boy and addition was built a few years in her life: the scouts, military, Girl Scouts who helped in the ago to the station. Andrew and firefighters. All are dedirecent Earth Day clean-up of parks. INDEX: • Councilwoman Kathryn Roberts wondered how to Pet Section.....................2 Nazareth . ....................10 slow motorists on Old Forge Drive, possibly improving the Envirothon.....................6 Sermonette ..................11 speed bumps. Councilwoman Flashback ......................8 Classifieds ........... 14 & 15 Continued on page 15 VFW Post 7293 provided military honors next to the dedicated flagpole. East Allen Vol. Fire Dept. Has two-part dedication ADVER TISE 610 -923-0382 Firemen of year 2012 and 2011, Marc Wisniewski and Sean Frantz, received plaques. cated in what they do, she said, and she thanked them for their service. Ellen Kern, chief of staff for State Senator Pat Browne, said the firefighters are true heroes. Andrew’s father told the audience all of the efforts that went into completing his son’s Eagle Scout project and expressed his thanks to all who helped. “Taps” was played during the dedication as the VFW carried out their portion of the ceremony. Two memorial plaques were dedicated to deceased members Continued on page 11 72nd Year, Issue No. 19 HERE Various dates available USPS 248-700 Advertise your »Business »Special »Events On our front page!

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