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CHS Drama Club to present ‘Grease’

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Are you ready to time travel back to the days of greasers, geeks, James Dean, Sandra Dee, Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson and the sock hop nights with your girlfriend or boyfriend?

If so, the Catasauqua High School Drama Club will be performing “Grease” 7 p.m. March 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. March 19 in the high school auditorium.

The musical will take the audience back to a 1959 Rydell High School class reunion filled with music, drama and fun.

The musical, directed by Brenda McGuire, features 27 students. Kerry McGuire is the assistant director.

Police take woman with handgun into custody

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A report of an intoxicated woman brandishing a handgun brought Whitehall Township police March 4 to the 300 block of Calvert Street.

According to a press release, police officers were called to the scene 10:43 a.m.

The release said the woman, who remains unidentified, walked away from a residence in that area. Officers spotted the her at the intersection of Fairmont and Fullerton avenues.

At that time, they noticed the woman was in a possession of a handgun.

The officers then formed a perimeter and properly contained her, the release said.

CHS drama club to present ‘Grease’

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Are you ready to time travel back to the days of greasers, geeks, James Dean, Sandra Dee, Elvis Presley and Rock Hudson, and the sock hop nights with your girlfriend or boyfriend?

If so, the Catasauqua High School Drama Club will be performing “Grease 7 p.m. March 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. March 19 in the high school auditorium.

The musical will take the audience back to a 1959 Rydell High School class reunion filled with music, drama and fun.

The musical, directed by Brenda McGuire, features 27 students. Kerry McGuire is the assistant director.

Out with the old

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Getting ready for the new playground

Sheckler Elementary School’s old playground has officially been demolished, making way for a new playground to be installed.

Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman told The Press the new playground is entirely funded through the school’s Home and School Association and the Catasauqua Area School District.

The Home and School Association in the beginning of the academic year began a fundraising campaign to raise money for the new playground.

County begins landscapes plan

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at a Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

She said one of the primary, universal concerns was that not enough people in and around the county know about the variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.

Commissioners approve refinancing

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance that will net a savings to the county of $4 million.

The measure, approved at the board’s Feb. 8 meeting, authorizes the refinancing of county general obligation bonds, series 2017.

“This is basically an attempt to save some money by refinancing our bond issues,” Commissioner Percy Dougherty, sponsor of the bill, said.

According to Dougherty, with the refinancing, the county’s payment will drop from roughly a 5-percent interest rate to a 1.2- to 2.25-percent rate.

Positions approved

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

A number of positions were approved by the Catasauqua school board during the Feb. 14 meeting.

The board unanimously approved Trajano Bastida as the Catasauqua Middle School soccer coach with a stipend of $2,671; James Schaffer and Erin DeBoer as Catasauqua High School Brown and White co-advisers with stipends of $1,772; Erika Proctor as the CHS assistant softball coach volunteer; Randy Gillespie as CMS assistant soccer coach volunteer; and Richard Clancy as CHS assistant softball coach with a stipend of $2,671.

Mako plans strategies for first term

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Pennsylvania State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, has been serving the constituents of Northampton and Lehigh counties for nearly two months.

Mako, who was sworn in Jan. 3, said he initially decided to run for the open legislative seat due to the current condition of state, national and international politics.

“I was concerned and wanted to give back,” Mako told The Press.

School board appoints two new members

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Catasauqua Area School Board has welcomed two new board members, Jason Bashaw, of North Catasauqua, and Dale Hein, of Catasauqua.

Bashaw and Hein were approved at the board’s Jan. 17 meeting.

The new appointees replace former board member Dawn Berrigan, who resigned in December, and Carol McCarthy, whose letter of resignation was approved in January. Both terms run until Dec. 31.

CHS Student Forum takes on childhood cancer challenge

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

A group of Catasauqua High School students has taken on a project to raise awareness and focus on childhood cancer.

CHS students and members of the school student forum, Britni Elekes, Alexis Bernard and Rose Dietrich, have partnered with the Angel 34 Foundation to pursue the endeavor.

Angel 34 is led by Executive Director Doug Sheriff, who created the foundation after his daughter, Nicole, a Northampton Area High School athlete, died in 2004 from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The foundation aims to help battle cancer.