Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tornado hits Heidel farm

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

She had just parked her car at the barn across the driveway from her house when she heard buckets rolling down the macadam. Then, she heard the roof of the farm workshop explode.

Sonia Fink, co-owner of Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville, described what she heard as she tried to make it to safety when an EF0 tornado (an Enhanced Fujita scale measuring tornadoes) ripped through her family farm just before 6 p.m. July 22.

“I struggled to make it to the tree,” Fink said.

Fink family is honored for 200 years of farming

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

The Lehigh County Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation celebrated 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production during a ceremony June 7 at Heidel Hollow Farm, Germansville.

David and Sonia Fink, owners of Heidel Hollow, were recognized as having a Bicentennial Farm for 200 years of family farming.

More than 5,270 farm owners, through state and county programs, have preserved more than 550,000 acres.

This number has Pennsylvania leading the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.

Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers welcome new advertising director

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Debra Palmieri in Business Showcase

Terry Plinke has been named the new advertising director for the Lehigh Valley Press’ eight weekly newspapers.

Plinke started her career in medical laboratory sales in 1976.

She and her husband, Richard, worked together in Outdoor Marketing Systems, creating transit advertising for bus shelters and on buses.

Born and raised in Reading, Berks County, the mother of three adult sons and her husband live in the West End of Allentown.

Upper Macungie woman dies in 6-vehicle crash

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

An Upper Macungie woman died Dec. 5 in a chain-reaction traffic crash along Route 222 South, just north of Krocks Road, Lower Macungie.

According to the Office of Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, Fay A. Parry, 81, of 100 Ramapo Trail, Upper Macungie, was pronounced dead at the crash scene at 2:40 p.m. by Deputy Coroner Richard Pender.

An autopsy performed Dec. 6 determined Parry died from multiple blunt force trauma. The death was ruled an accident, according to the coroner’s report.

State university faculty on strike

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

According to information provided by Daniel Spiegel, APSCUF public relations chair, spokesperson and Kutztown University computer science professor, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union members are heading to the picket lines after negotiators waited through the night for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to return to the bargaining table.

Armstrong calls out 183rd opponent

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

Mako responds to allegations that he has refused debates

Phillips Armstrong, candidate for state representative in the 183rd Legislative District, released the following information Sept. 29 regarding Zach Mako, also a candidate for the seat in the 183rd Legislative District.

Armstrong says he has made himself available to debate Mako in three public forums since the primary.

These include a public forum organized by the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for Oct. 5 and canceled by Mako, and a candidate forum arranged by PBS 39 the week of Sept. 13.

Special ops team practices silo rescue

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

For some members of the Lehigh County Special Operations Team, based in South Whitehall Township, a trip to outlying farmland may be a new experience.

But, the skills of these volunteers would be vital if there were an emergency at a nearby farm and a worker needed to be rescued from a silo filled with corn silage, possibly some 70 feet in height.

With this in mind, Penn State Extension, Lehigh County, arranged and paid for a training session for the special operations volunteers.

Editor's View

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Debra Palmieri in Opinion

Family, friends must speak out

I have long taken exception to the tactics used by Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the Cold War and postwar Red Scare to unearth Communists and Communist sympathizers hidden in American society.

I, however, feel differently about the need to unmask the radicalized youth terrorizing this country today.

McCarthy unfairly accused and investigated thousands of Americans for espionage and providing information to the communists.

Is Lehigh County seal unconstitutional?

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

Freedom From Religion Foundation sends letters to county

Lehigh County commissioners are deciding how to handle a letter from Freedom From Religion Foundation telling the board to stop using the county seal due to the Latin cross at the center.

According to information provided by the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, the November 2014 letter to county Executive Tom Muller from FFRF states: "We urge the county to immediately discontinue using this seal and to develop a new seal that is both constitutional and representative of all citizens."

Write-in candidate seeks seat

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

The Press asked the candidates what the most pressing issue was facing residents of the 15th Congressional District and why he should be elected or re-elected to office.

Incumbent Republican Charlie Dent

Dent has served as U.S. Congressman in the 15th District since 2005. He was state senator in the 16th Senatorial District from 1999-2005 and state representative for the 132nd Legislative District from 1991-98.

Dent, who spoke with The Press Oct. 17, said the most pressing issue facing residents in the country is jobs.