Catasauqua Press

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Community mourns loss of firefighter, friend

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Erik Hirner, Charotin assistant chief, dies of injuries from May 25 crash

A GoFundMe account has been created in memory of Erik Hirner, assistant fire chief of Charotin Hose Company No. 1, North Catasauqua, who was involved in a crash in Berks County May 25 and died from his injuries a few days later.

Hirner, 38, of North Catasauqua, was a life member of the North Catasauqua station, as well as an 11-year veteran of Reading Fire Department.

Memorial Day programs planned to honor military

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Area veterans groups and other organizations will honor military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice with ceremonies and services this weekend.


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• Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 will begin the day with a service at Fairview Cemetery, 10 a.m., followed by a 10:15 a.m. program on the Pine Street Bridge.

At 10:30 a.m., members will be at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park for a ceremony, followed by a 10:45 a.m. service at St. Mary’s cemetery. The day will conclude 11 a.m. at the post home, 330 Second St.

Danielsville man dies in Cherryville Road crash

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

A Danielsville man was killed May 26 in a two-vehicle crash on Cherryville Road in Allen Township.

According to the Northampton County Coroner’s Office, Justin Gnas, 24, died at the scene from wounds sustained in the accident. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

The crash occurred just after 7 a.m. in the 4000 block of Cherryville Road.

3 candidates seek 133rd Legislative District seat

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

The Democratic incumbent serving the 133rd Legislative District will have two challengers in the general election Nov. 8.

Daniel McNeill will face opposition from David Molony, Republican, and Alexander Humanick, Libertarian.

The 133rd Legislative District includes, in Lehigh County, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Coplay, Fountain Hill, Hanover Township, Salisbury Township (wards 1, 2 and 3-division 2) and Whitehall Township (districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12).

The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why are you the best candidate for this office?

Whitehall woman dies after crash in Allen Township

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate a crash Monday afternoon on Cherryville Road, Allen Township, that claimed the life of one driver and seriously injured another.

According to the police report, Debra Jean Stettler, 60, of Whitehall, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest about an hour after the 12:12 p.m. accident.

Brianna Patricia Butto, 18, of Walnutport, sustained serious injuries. At press time, she remained at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Two seek GOP nod in 183rd District

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Two Republican candidates are vying for the 183rd Legislative District seat.

Cindy Miller and Zach Mako will appear on the April 26 primary election ballot. Voters will choose one.

The Press sent the following question to the Republican candidates and asked for a response: What do you think is the primary concern of your constituents?

Neither candidate responded.

The winner will face Democrat Phillips Armstrong, who is running unopposed in the primary election.

The 183rd Legislative District seat is currently held by Julie Harhart, who is retiring.

'Vatican Splendors' trip to be held Dec. 11

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Columns

The Friends of Northampton Area Public Library will be running a bus trip Dec. 11 to the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit at the Franklin Institute.

The exhibit includes many artifacts that have never before left Vatican City.

The cost of the trip includes transportation, admission and driver's tip.

The bus leaves from the Northampton Recreation Center at 8 a.m. and arrives back at 6 p.m.

For cost and other information, contact the library at 610-262-7537.


Assumption BVM Church will hold its annual parish picnic Sunday, Sept. 13 at Egypt Memorial Park.

Assumption BVM plans picnic

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Columns

Assumption BVM Church will hold its annual parish picnic Sunday, Sept. 13 at Egypt Memorial Park.

The event will begin with a Mass at 11 a.m. The picnic continues until 7 p.m.

In addition to food and games throughout the day, The Pennsylvania Villagers will perform 3-7 p.m.

All are welcome.

For more information, call 610-262-2559.


The Siegfried Railroad Station, home of the Northampton Area Historical Society, will be open to visitors on Sunday, Aug. 16, 1-4 p.m.

Library reopens

Thursday, August 6, 2015 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Columns

The Northampton Area Public Library reopened Monday.

The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum will present a program at the library, 1615 Laubach Ave., titled The History of Dorney Park on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Register at the library or by calling 610-262-7537.


The youth of St. Paul's United Church of Christ will hold a car wash and bake sale Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the church parking lot, 19th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Proceeds will benefit the group's national youth event trip for 2016.