Slatington Gateway Dedication Slated for June 4

Northern Lehigh Future Focus (NLFF), a Slatington based community visioning group serving the Northern Lehigh area will hold a memorial plaque dedication on Tuesday June 4, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Welcome To Slatington Sign, Main and Railroad Streets, Slatington.  The event will showcase the Gateway Improvement Project on the North side of the Slatington Trailhead.  Also during this time a memorial plaque in honor of long time future focus member and treasurer Les Glanz will be unveiled.

The Gateway Improvement Project consisted of the manufacture and installation of a new Welcome to Slatington sign, construction and installation of a slate planter and the purchase of flowers, plants, soil and mulch for the planter.  In addition, sidewalk and crosswalk improvements were made where the D&L Trail crosses Main Street, drainage and landscaping improvements to the area surrounding the sign and planter, and lighting to the sign.  Local civic organizations provided their own signs to be placed under the Welcome to Slatington Sign.

The following entities were responsible for these specific portions of the project: Mel Mertz Signs-welcome sign, Steve Yavorski of Yavorski Builders, Inc.-slate planter, Slatington Woman’s Club and NLFF-plantings, soil and mulch, D&L-crosswalk and sidewalk improvements, and the Slatington Borough Crew-in kind labor for grass planting, sign installation, painting, drainage, and excavation.

Funding for the Gateway Improvement Project was provided by the following: Lehigh County (Streetscape Enhancement Grant)-Welcome sign and planter, Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation (Chamber Foundation Grant)-welcome sign, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor-sidewalk replacement, crosswalk improvements, planter and street signage, Northern Lehigh Future Focus-flowers, landscaping, soil and signs and memorial donations in memory of Les Glanz.  The total cost of the project was in excess of $10,000.

The memorial plaque dedication will be held rain or shine.  The Welcome to Slatington Sign is across Main Street just north of the Slatington Trailhead Parking Lot.

For more information  please contact Dan Stevens, President of NLFF at (610) 760-0685 or email nlff@ptd.net.

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