Catasauqua Press

Thursday, October 19, 2017

PennDOT to phase in new licenses, ID cards

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver’s licenses and identification card products.

PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of licenses and identification cards. This update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.

College students urged to be on lookout for financial aid scams

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is urging college students to be wary of student aid scams that could cost them money while exposing them to identity theft.

“Millions of college students, many of whom are likely to be away from home for the first time, are being targeted by a variety of innocent-sounding scams,” said state Rep. Mike Peifer, PHEAA board chairman. “College students are a prime target since they tend to be less financially experienced and are facing common challenges that can be exploited by scammers.”

Turnpike bridge to be replaced; closure expected Oct. 13-16

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission warns motorists to change travel plans or brace for a long detour Oct. 13-16 during a planned weekend closure of the Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as workers replace a 60-year-old bridge.

The detour will occur from 9 p.m. Oct. 13 to 4 a.m. Oct. 16. The detour exits are the Lehigh Valley Interchange (No. 56) for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange (No. 95) for southbound traffic. The authorized detour route directs motorists to Route 22, Route 33 and Interstate 80.

Whitehall woman charged with sexual contact with prisoner

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Tuesday that a nurse who formerly was employed at Lehigh County Jail has been charged with alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a prisoner.

Danika Alexander, 27, of 1205 Overlook Road, Whitehall Township, was charged with one count of institutional sexual assault, a felony of the third degree, Martin said.

Shredding event will be held Saturday

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

As a free service to the community, state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, will co-host a shredding event to give residents of the 183rd Legislative District a chance to safeguard themselves against identity theft by having their personal documents securely destroyed.

The event, co-hosted with the Borough of Northampton, will be held 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 7 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

Catty man honored for volunteer work on Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Richard Snyder, a Catasauqua resident and member of the Allentown Hiking Club, has been recognized by the National Park Service (NPS) with a Golden Service Award for his 50 years of volunteer work on the Appalachian Trail.

The award was announced by Wendy Janssen, NPS superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, during the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s biennial meeting in Maine last month.

Janssen noted Snyder is only the 41st recipient of this award.

Catasauqua resident wins in Lehigh County 4-H competition

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

A Catasauqua girl was among 12 Lehigh County 4-H members who showed their horses in the county round up in July. The show was held at the Berks County 4-H Center.

Members competed in a variety of classes, including showmanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, Western, trail and gaming.

Sophia Vargas, of Catasauqua,placed first in Western Grooming and Showmanship, first in Pole Bending Horses, first in Barrel Race Horses and first in Raised Box Keyhole Horses.

Spotted Lanternfly quarantine areas increase across Valley

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 21 municipalities in Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties to the areas quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine was already in effect for parts of those five counties as well as Chester County.

The quarantine now covers the following Lehigh Valley municipalities: