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.”
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.
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.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new social workers’ union contract.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m very supportive of the outcome,” Commissioner Percy Dougherty said at the board’s Dec. 21, 2016, meeting.
The Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously accepted the resignation of school board member Dawn Berrigan, effective immediately, at its Dec. 6 meeting.
Berrigan resigned from the board because she moving to Virginia with her husband.
The school board has 30 days to appoint a new board member to fill the vacancy, to serve until Dec. 4, 2017.
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.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the appointments of Michelle Julian as director and Justin Cumello as assistant director of nursing, respectively, for Cedarbrook Nursing Home at its Nov. 22 meeting.
Both Julian and Cumello addressed the board.
“It is really a privilege for me to serve in this capacity,” Julian said to the board. “I thank you for the opportunity, and I am really grateful.”
Editor’s note: This is the first article in a three-part series of Loving Haiti’s Children.
Visiting the poverty-stricken island of Haiti several years ago, Bishop Jim McIver of Catasauqua’s Revolution Church was burdened by what he saw.
“There were goats, pigs and babies all looking for food on the same pile of trash,” he said.
It was an image that stayed with him as he pondered what to do to help.
The poverty, hunger, devastation and desperation were unspeakable.
“People were sleeping on sidewalks,” he said. “It was mind-boggling.”
After 22 years of serving in the Pennsylvania State House and constituents in Lehigh and Northampton counties, state Rep. Julie Harhart, R-183rd, has decided it’s time to retire.
Harhart, who officially retired yesterday, Nov. 30, recently told The Press her first exposure to local politics involved seeking an appointment to serve as North Catasauqua Borough tax collector.
After serving nine years as a tax collector, Harhart then participated in an election campaign and later served as a legislative assistant for a state representative.
Catasauqua Area School Board member Dawn Berrigan has submitted a letter of resignation to the school board, which is expected to officially accept it at the Dec. 6 meeting.
Berrigan, who served on the board 2003-07 and 2011-16, will be moving to Virginia with her husband.
Berrigan recently told The Press her biggest accomplishment as a board member is striving to keep taxes low for residents.
“That takes more than one person, but my argument was always for the folks who pay the bills, and how important it is to be fair to them,” she said.