Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Upper and Lower Saucon Townships

Since today is election day, let's have a quick chat about a municipal mystery in the Lehigh Valley.

Because of redistricting, or maybe an overall lack of creativity, there are a handful of Upper-Lower township combinations in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Lower Macungie Township is southeast of Upper Macungie Township, and Upper Milford Township is northeast of Lower Milford Township. North and South Whitehall Townships, Upper and Lower Mt. Bethel Townships, and Upper and Lower Nazareth Townships are also in order as you'd expect.

However, Lower Saucon Township is northeast of Upper Saucon Township. In fact, the Saucons have been divided between two different counties (Lower in Northampton; Upper in Lehigh) since 1812. Oh, did you think that Saucon Valley school district included both Saucons? Me, too. Turns out that residents of Upper Saucon send their kids to Southern Lehigh.

If you haven't voted yet today, get out there. A lot of local elections are decided in the primary.

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