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Upper Mount Bethel Township News
A memorial service to honor the brave Northampton County firefighters who are gone but not forgotten.

Click HERE for more info

The American Legion Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 30th at 11:00am at the Mt Bethel War Memorial next to the cemetery, route 611 in Mt Bethel.

Parade formation will be at the Mt Bethel Fire House at 10:30am. Come join with us at this service to remember and keep the tradition alive in our communities.

Gypsy moth spray operations are scheduled to begin this week in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

Applications will be done using both helicopter and fixed wing air craft.

Northampton County is cooperating with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service in a joint effort to control gypsy moth caterpillars in Spring 2016 in certain residential and public high use areas within the county.

Click HERE for more information.

Gypsy Moth Spray Map

You are invited to a Special Workshop and Walk (optional)
For people who live in Upper Mount Bethel Township's Minsi Lake area

Friday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m.
At Totts Gap Arts Institute, 1494 Totts Gap Road, Upper Mount Bethel Township

Click HERE for more information.

Sunday, April 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Meet at Bear Swamp Park
Archery Complex parking lot
Minsi Lake Drive, Bangor

Click HERE for more information.

2016 Summer Camp Registration
Registration Dates:
Thursday 5/12 from 6pm-8pm
Saturday 5/21 from 11am-2pm

For more information click Here

For registration click Here

Monday, April 18, 2016 / 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information please click HERE

April 21, 2016 - 11:30-1:30 Government Complex, 7th & Washington Streets, Easton

Please join us in our Northampton County 2016 Earth and Health Day. Our goal is to engage and exchange with our employees, neighbors and municipal representatives, on environmental conservation and nutrition & health topics, to enhance and experience the environment and strengthen our nutrition and wellness behaviors.

Location - outside on the 7th street patio, rain or shine
Presenters - County staff including the Health & Wellness Committee, Penn State Master Gardeners and Watershed Stewards representatives and other partners
Scheduled Topics Include -

Environment
recycling and waste reduction
trails/open space/ greenways promotion
food waste composting
water conservation
rain water utilization
energy conservation

Health
nutrition
exercise and fitness
community gardens and urban farming
buying local food

For more information please contact kzinis@northamptoncounty.org

Keystone Collections Group has a phone line dedicated exclusively to taxpayer inquiries - 1-888-328-0565.
Connect Direct - Keystone's Taxpayer Helpline will connect you directly to a professional Taxpayer Service Representative, reducing wait times to bring you the fastest and most reliable answers to your local tax questions.

Online 24/7 - You can also send online inquiries 24/7 to Keystone. Go to: http://www.keystonecollects.com/

For more information please click HERE

Northampton County Community & Economic Development recently partnered with the D.A.'s office, County Police Association and Sheriff's Department to install secure medicine collection boxes in 20 police departments throughout the County as well as at our County Courthouse. The medicine collection and destruction program will be available without charge thanks to a grant of $13,000 from the PA State District Attorney's Association.

Residents can anonymously dispose of unwanted medicines at police departments and the Sheriff's Office locations listed.

Law enforcement officials will turn over the collected medicines to the PA National Guard Counterdrug Joint Task Force (PA NG Task Force). The secure destruction services, including energy recovery, are being provided through the PA NG Task Force.

Drug addiction and misuse by adults and children harm public health. Improper disposal of medicines can impact water quality. Key objectives and benefits of the program include the following:

* Reduced access of medicines to children and adults, minimizing abuse potential * Improved environmental quality through proper disposal * Convenient box access to county residents * Cost effective solution for NC residents through leveraging of PA DA grant and PA NG destruction resources

If you should have any questions about this program, please contact Ken Zinis at kzinis@northamptoncounty.org



May 21 & October 8, 2016, 8:30-2:00
Northampton Community College, Main Campus, Bethlehem Township, PA
Use Green Pond Rd entrance only
Northampton County residents ONLY

Click HERE for more information

Upper Mount Bethel Township
Municipal Building
387 Ye Olde Highway, Mt. Bethel PA 18343
Saturday, June 11th
9am -12pm

Click HERE for more information

The Upper Mount Bethel Township Board of Supervisors are accepting letters of interest from residents for the Economic Development Committee. Please send your letter of interest to Upper Mount Bethel Township 387 Ye Olde Hwy, Mount Bethel, PA 18343

The Upper Mount Bethel Township Board of Supervisors are accepting letters of interest from residents for a New Community Park Committee. Please send your letter of interest to Upper Mount Bethel Township 387 Ye Olde Hwy, Mount Bethel, PA 18343

The 2016 Final Budget is now available HERE. There will no NO tax increase for 2016.

It's that time of year again. The 2015 local earned income tax return filing deadline is approaching. The due date is extended to Monday April 18 this year because Washington DC is commemorating Emancipation Day on Friday April 15.

Did you know the quickest way to get your refund is to file online? If you live and work in Pennsylvania, you can e-file on our tax administrator's secure website, which is available 24/7 at www.KeystoneCollects.com.

Keystone Collections Group’s e-file is the easy, fast and secure way to file your 2015 tax return. It lets you file your tax return when it is most convenient for you. You will need your W-2, your Social Security Number and any other income documents that may apply (such as a PA-UE or a Schedule C).

Keystone redesigned e-file to make it even faster and more user-friendly.

If you have questions regarding local tax filing, visit Keystone’s Frequently Asked Questions or call Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline at 1-888-328-0565 to speak with a local, knowledgeable Taxpayer Service Agent. You can also email your questions 24/7 to Taxpayer Support. Taxpayer Service Agents try to respond to all online inquiries within three business days.

Taxpayers with earned income in 2015 are required to file a Final Tax Return by Monday, April 18.

These events are for Northampton County residents only. Click here for more info.

The Township of Upper Mount Bethel Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to help low-moderate income homeowners with general home repairs. Click here for more info.

The following FEMA information (links) may be helpful to the residents of UMBT.

General Information: Fema.gov
Information on insurance: Floodsmart.gov
Information about Risk MAP: http://www.fema.gov/risk-mapping-assessment-planning
Information on available grants: http://www.fema.gov/grants
Information on hazard mitigation: http://www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate

You can view the latest Township Today Newsletter HERE

Yard Sale permit fees have been suspended, however the permit still must be filled out and is still limited to (2) sales per year

Upper Mount Bethel Township now has the ability to accept credit cards payments (Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express) for all Permits and Recreation Signs-Ups.

Eastern PA Animal Alliance offers low cost spaying and neutering. Their can visit their website here or call 570-994-5846.

There is an opening on the UMBT Recreation Board for a term until January 1, 2019. Please submit your letter of interest to the township at 387 Ye Olde Hwy, Mt. Bethel, PA 18343 Attn: Melissa or email at officesecretary@uppermtbethel.org.

Meals On Wheels of Northampton County promotes healthy living through the delivery of nutrition services. For more info visit our website: www.mealsonwheelspa.org or call us at 610-691-1030.

Attention UMBT residents. Any resident that would like to burn brush should call John Bocko, Fire Marshall at (570) 688-6191

Watersheds are areas of land that drain into a lake, river or stream. Water travels over the land's surface - farm fields, forests, lawnsand city streets - on its course to a waterway. For more detailed information click here.

Emergencies can happen unexpectedly anytime and anywhere. Please be prepared in the event an emergency occurs in your community and you must go for a few days without electricity, water service, and access to a supermarket or local services. For more information click here.

Do you know how important you and your love ones are? VERY IMPORTANT

Did you know that in the event of an emergency it makes the task of locating your home more of a challenge for ambulance, fire and police responders if they are unaware of where you live. A correctly posted house number could be the difference between life and death.

You should be aware that your house number needs to be conspicuously placed somewhere on your property as per Township Ordinance 95-7. You are required to restore or replace any number (s) that shall have been removed or destroyed.

Also, if your house is not visible from the roadway, because you live down a lane or have a long driveway, you should place some type of display that lists your house number at the beginning of the lane or driveway.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Here are some tips for staying cool.....click here.



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