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Students use teamwork to escape from room

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Sheckler Elementary School students recently exercised their academic and team collaboration skills and tried their hand at escaping out of one of the school’s rooms.

Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman came up with the idea for the escape room, with the help of fourth-grade classroom, expressive arts and gifted teachers.

According to Dauberman, the escape room is an elementary version of similar rooms created for adults that have surfaced in the country.

Commissioners OK $500,000 grant to Treatment Trends

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year Jan. 11, under the helm of newly appointed chairman Marty Nothstein.

During the meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve a subrecipient grant in the amount of $500,000 to Treatment Trends Inc., Allentown. The funding specifically comes from the state office of mental health and substance abuse services.

Commissioner Geoff Brace, sponsor of the bill, explained the purpose of the grant.

According to Brace, the grant is part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Centers for Public Excellence initiative.

Intruder enters Catty charter school

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Catasauqua Borough Police were called to the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, early Tuesday morning in response to a report of a man, brandishing a screwdriver, who entered the facility without authorization.

According to a borough police news release, the incident occurred around 8 a.m.

Police say before entering the building, Rafael J. Maldonado, 37, of 212 Second St., Catasauqua, ran up the street to the entrance of the school gym. Although school security restrained him, Maldonado eventually broke free and entered the gym.

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka dies just 12 days after dismissal of case

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Lehigh Co. judge declared former pro wrestler incompetent to stand trial for 1983 murder

Various local and national media outlets have reported former professional wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka died Sunday in Florida. He was 73.

Snuka was reportedly battling both stomach cancer and dementia.

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Banach Jan. 3 dismissed a case against Snuka, declaring him incompetent to stand trial in the May 1983 death of his then-23-year-old girlfriend Nancy Argentino, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a Whitehall Township motel.

CMS student advances to regional spelling bee

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Seventh-grader Hannah Kurczeski spells the word ‘castellated’ for the win

Before you read it here, could you have spelled the word ‘castellated?’

Catasauqua Middle School seventh-grade student Hannah Kurczeski successfully did so at this year’s CMS Skripps National Spelling Bee Jan. 10.

That was the winning word for Hannah at the annual competition.

Jeane Matthew Doria was this year’s runner-up.

“I was shocked,” Hannah said of winning. “I really didn’t expect it, but I was really happy. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

Nothstein is appointed chair of county commissioners

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners met Jan. 3 to reorganize.

Marty Nothstein, of Lowhill Township, was elected by board members to serve as chair of the board, and Amanda Holt, of Upper Macungie Township, will serve as vice chairwoman.

Nothstein replaces Commissioner Brad Osborne, and Holt replaces Michael Schware.

In an email to The Press Jan. 6, Nothstein said he is excited to serve as chair and lead the nine-member board.

CMS community backs student

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua Middle School teachers, staff and students recently came together to support sixth-grade student Julian “Butter” Saleh, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November.

According to CMS teacher Vickie Mac- Laughlin, the sixth-grade team of teachers decided to come up with a way to raise money for Julian’s family.

The idea soon materialized into the school creating “Team Butter” shirts, which are currently on sale for $20.

Initially, the sale was only directed to CMS students, family members, teachers and staff. It’s now been opened to the community.

Local church supports Haitian orphanage

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about the Love Haiti’s Children orphanage.

Revolution Church Bishop Jim McIver felt he had to do something to address the plight of children living without homes and in poverty on the island of Haiti.

The sight of children wandering around the streets, hopeless, starving and barely clothed, after the 2011 earthquake, ultimately led McIver to take action.

With a heavy heart, McIver, with the help of Catasauqua’s Revolution Church, opened up Love Haiti’s Children (LHC), an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, in 2011.