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Dan Stevens, Marilyn Kaul, Les Glanz at Trailhead dedication

Upcoming Events

Arts Fest will be held on Saturday September 25 in the 500 and 600 Blocks of Main Street, Slatington.  The event is from 10:00 A.M  until 4:00 P.M.  More information will be available soon.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

 NORTHERN LEHIGH FUTURE FOCUS

2000-2008

 

      Held Three Community Workshops to gather input from residents

      Published  Community Event Calendars

      Held a Slatington High School Remembrance Day following the demolition of the former Slatington High School building

      Formed a subcommittee to explore reuse of the former Slatington High School site. An engineering firm developed plans for a park on the site, funded by a $10,000 grant awarded to NLFF by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development

      Purchased a “site of future community park” sign

      Installed litter receptacles in Slatington funded by a $5,000 PA Department of Community & Economic Development grant

      Hosted an information walk and cleanup along Slate Trail

      Hosted presentations on the Slate Industry, Indian History, area architecture, Histories of area Fire Companies, and local trolley history

      Hosted a visit by Carol Lee of the PA Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) to determine eligibility for creation of a Slatington National Historic District

      Assisted the Borough of Slatington in obtaining a grant from PHMC to prepare the nomination document for the creation of a Slatington National Historic District.  Completed a comprehensive parking survey to assist Slatington Boro in maximizing parking availability.  Funded the "Public Parking"sign on Main Street.

      Applied for Vigilant Fire Company Fireman’s Monument for listing on the National Register (successful)

      Hosted a public workshop on the Slatington Historic District nomination and hosted a celebration of the listing of the Slatington National Register Historic District and the Vigilant Fire Company Fireman’s Monument on the National Register of Historic Places

      Obtained a replacement and relocation of the damaged Slate Industry Historical Marker

      Obtained a School Slate Factory Historical marker from PHMC

      Sponsored Christmas House Decorating Contests

      Gathered, copied and archived 500 historic photographs of the area funded by a $4,805 grant from PHMC.

      Presented Welcome Baskets to new businesses

      Published Images of America, Slatington, Walnutport, & Washington Township

      Donated Images of America books to Northern Lehigh School District schools, Slatington, Walnutport, Washington Township, Slatington Library, and Lehigh County and Northampton County Historical Societies

      Sponsored 3 Arts Fests

      Purchased and erected 30 Historical Markers throughout the Northern Lehigh area

      Hosted Community Roundtable Discussions

      Purchased and installed a temporary Trailhead marker and directional sign for the Delaware & Lehigh Trail and Slate Trail

      Purchased a permanent sign, two benches, a picnic table and trash receptacle for the Slatington Trailhead

      Participated in National Trails Day and Walnutport Canal Festival

      Participated in Lehigh Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau public meeting

      Consulted with the Delaware & Lehigh Corridor Market Towns Initiative on the streetscape project for Slatington and Walnutport

      Purchased street banners for Slatington and Walnutport

      Purchased Christmas decorations for poles between trailhead and Lehigh River Bridge

      Purchased two benches for the Towpath Trail along the Lehigh Canal at Walnutport

      Co-hosted a Downtown Stakeholders meeting with Slatington Borough and D&L Market Towns Initiative

      Printed a set of Walking Tour Brochures featuring Slatington, Walnutport and Slatedale

      Beautified the area around the Old Reservoir/Fish Pond and purchased and installed a historic marker for the site.

      Purchased and donated copies of the publication Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania to Walnutport and Slatington Boroughs, Washington Township, Northern Lehigh School District and Slatington Public Library

      Underwrote cost of paint and supplies to refurbish the vintage Coke sign on building on corner of Main and Church Streets, Slatington

      Reduced visual clutter at the Welcome to Slatington sign near the Lehigh River

      Partnered with Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor’s Market Towns Initiative to submit a Hometown Streets Grant Application for Slatington and Walnutport (Grant awarded)

      Advised Slatington Borough on historical items to be included in design for General Morgan bridge i.e. period lighting, patterned concrete for pillars

      Corresponded with Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission about the removal and storage of Trucker’s Mill Historical Marker during construction of General Morgan Bridge

      Advised PennDot on signs directing people to businesses during construction of General Morgan bridge

      Received $500 grant from Mickley/Fravel Foundation to purchase two trees for Slatington Memorial Park site

      Purchased show case for Slatington Borough hall

      Purchased plaque honoring Dick Jones

      Created and sold eight different wooden plaques featuring area historic structures

      Community Discussion Suppers focusing on health education

      Formed a Walking Club

      Presented Smoking Cessation Programs

      Domestic Violence and Healthy Heart Cooking Presentations

      Sponsored Northern Lehigh Lean Program, a weight reduction program

      Participated in “No Room For Poverty” Rally in Washington, D.C.

      Through the ALERT Partnership distributed $5,000 in 13 mini grants to area organizations to help prevent alcohol and other drug abuse

      Installed exercise stations along the canal and Project Fit America equipment at Middle School.  The canal fitness equipment was dedicated as the Duane Lucien Fitness Trail.

      Secured Dental van for Slatington Elementary School

      Hosted a Leadership Development Workshop

      Acquired two Automatic External Defibrillators and a Police Radio for the Slatington Police Department

      Assisted with the Project Fit America testing and monitoring at Northern Lehigh Middle School

      Partnered with Northern Lehigh School District to improve school lunches

      Received grants in excess of $55,000 from Lehigh & Northampton Counties, PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Horsehead Community Development Fund, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Thrivent Financial, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Delaware & Lehigh National National Heritage Corridor and Mickley/Fravel Foundation





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