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Surviving heart disease

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Local woman tells her story at heart association luncheon

Despite remaining physically active and living a healthy lifestyle, Annette Pompa of Catasauqua fell victim to heart disease, or more specifically coronary microvascular disease.

Pompa, a cardiac survivor, shared her story recently at an American Heart Association luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel, Allentown. The event celebrated the success of the Go Red for Women initiative and honored survivors like Pompa.

County board supports pension amendment bill

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners June 8 unanimously voted to lend support to Pennsylvania State House Bill 17, which amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act.

The board resolution was introduced by Commissioner Michael Schware, who said Allentown City Council also has supported the state house bill.

The state law looks to require public employees or officials to forfeit taxpayer pensions if convicted of a crime while they are performing their duties.

‘Be resilient. Have tenacity. Bounce back.’

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua High School Class of 2016 numbers 103 at commencement

Members of the Catasauqua High School Class of 2016 celebrated the official end of their high school careers Monday evening during the school’s 148th commencement exercise held in the school gymnasium.

Student-selected speakers Amber Labezius and Scott Glose, valedictorian Hannah Edwards and faculty-selected speaker Olivia Schlofer offered thoughtful and useful words of advice and wisdom to the 103 members of the class.

Labezius, speaking about the past, said she learned many lessons while a student in the Catasauqua Area School District.

Catasauqua man creates bicycle display to raise awareness for cancer cure

Thursday, June 2, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua resident Ben Ferenchak has turned a love of bicycling into an artistic vision aimed at raising awareness for cancer. It’s called ‘Tour de Fence.”

Catasauqua and North Catasauqua residents and visitors may have noticed a slew of bicycles lined along Ferenchak’s backyard fence.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church welcomes pastor

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Scott Paradise steps into local pulpit

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, welcomed its newest pastor, the Rev. Scott Paradise, during a church worship service last month.

Paradise, who grew up in Croydon, Pa., is no stranger to the Lutheran denomination.

“I am a lifelong Lutheran,” he said, “In my early teens, respected people in my home congregation suggested that I might make a good pastor.”

Lehigh County commissioners nix service agreements

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Board demands details on $22 million bond financing courthouse, Coca-Cola Park, others

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners have voted 5-4 to refrain from retaining financial advisors and bond council for the county’s $22 million proposed bond.

Both resolutions, introduced by Commissioners Percy Dougherty and Geoff Brace, would have approved professional services agreements with Concord Public Financial Advisors Inc. and Stevens & Lee PC.

Tax increase in the works for property owners

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District is on the eve of officially approving the first tax increase in four years. It will affect the residents of Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township.

The school board May 10 approved the proposed 2016-17 budget amounting to $29.54 million by a vote of 8-0. The budget calls for a tax increase of 3.1 percent for Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township residents in Lehigh County, which equates to a $64 increase in real estate taxes for homeowners with a property assessed at $128,900.

Penny Hahn steps down from CLIU 21 board after 12 years

Thursday, May 12, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in School

Lauded as ‘advocate’ for unit, community

Catasauqua Area School Board President Penny Hahn’s 12 years of service to the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 positively impacted and inspired many throughout her tenure as a board member.

Members of the CLIU administration team and board officers, including Dr. Elaine Eib, executive director; Kim Talipan, assistant to the executive director; Robert Bold, president; Darryl Schafer, vice president; Mary Ziegler treasurer; and Diane Carfara, secretary, appeared before the CASD board April 12 to publicly recognize Hahn for her contributions.

Newhart ‘not happy’ with DA’s decision

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

N. Catasauqua Borough Council initiates internal investigation

North Catasauqua resident Tom Newhart is not fully satisfied with the Northampton County district attorney’s decision rendered Monday morning involving the death of his pet cat named Sugar.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli held a press conference Monday morning at the Northampton County Courthouse in which he announced North Catasauqua Borough police Officer Leighton Pursell will not be charged in the death of the cat.

Board approves school staff appointments, retirements

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in School

The Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously approved the retirements of six staff members with 138 years of combined service.

The retirements approved by the board April 12 include Catasauqua High School Assistant Principal Jean Susko, who has served the district for 34 years, and CHS teachers Christine Hivizdak and Susan Santa Maria-Ritter.

Hivizdak, who has 19 years of service with the district, is currently a special education teacher and Ritter, with 14 years of service, teaches Spanish.