Catasauqua Press

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Bud's View: An essay contest, a book and an old oak

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by BUD COLE in Focus

The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association (BHCWA), of which I'm a founding member, is dedicated to protect, improve and sustain water quality.

BHCWA is sponsoring its second annual scholarship essay contest for high school seniors, including those at Catasauqua High School and Northampton Area High School, who reside in the watershed and will attend college.

Bud's View: White-tailed deer glad winter over, too

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by BUD COLE in Focus

The winter of 2014-'15 was a mighty cold one. Last month was the coldest for average February temperatures (18.9 degrees fahrenheit, 12 degrees below normal) in the Lehigh Valley since Feburary 1934 (16.6 degrees). Spring, which arrives March 20, can't come too soon.

When I wrote this column, the overnight weather forecast was: four inches of snow, wind gusts up to 60 mph, wind chills ranging between 20 to 30 degrees below zero and drifting snow. My wife, Bev, after listening to this forecast, said she didn't remember wind chills this severe in the Lehigh Valley.

Bud's View: Snow, and plenty of snow geese

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by BUD COLE in Focus

Direct from the Arctic to a farm field near you

It's only been about a month since winter officially arrived, but it's been a strange one thus far in the Lehigh Valley.

It appeared we would be inundated with snow by now when 5.17 inches of wet snow fell Thanksgiving eve and the Farmer's Almanac was predicting a winter to rival the one we experienced last year.

The snowfall total was only 6.5 inches when I sat down to craft this January column. This total pales in comparison to the 20.9 inches of snow by this time last year.