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School budget adopted

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Hike approved for Catasauqua taxpayers

The Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously adopted a 2016-17 budget that will require a tax increase for Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township residents.

The $29.54 million budget includes a 3.1-percent tax increase for Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township residents in Lehigh County. The tax hike means owners with a property assessed at $131,000 will see their real estate taxes increase by $73.

North Catasauqua property owners will see a reduction of 0.05 percent in their tax bills for 2016-17.

N. Catasauqua council discusses use of new signs

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

North Catasauqua Betterment Committee member Marc Hillenbrand approached North Catasauqua Borough Council at the July 30 council meeting to discuss the placement of existing and newly purchased signs to be used for advertising events.

Hillenbrand said the betterment committee has purchased three permanent fixed signs that have not been installed.

Councilman William Nothstein suggested the placement of signs at Fourth and Eugene streets and near the Willow Brook Golf Course.

Porter Lodge dedicates flagpole, bench

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Ralph Younger of Catasauqua left an indelible imprint on family, friends, the community and fellow Masons that will never be forgotten.

Younger, who passed away at the age of 81 in May, was recognized June 18 for his contributions as a 50-year member of the Porter Lodge 284 F&AM Masonic Lodge, North Catasauqua, during a flagpole dedication ceremony. The new flagpole, donated by lodge members, will display the U.S. flag and Masonic flag. Also donated was a plaque recognizing Younger, an apprentice Mason and a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean Conflict.

Board defers vote on land preservation

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Area residents, elected officials urge commissioners to support funding

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners decided to defer voting on amending the 2016-20 capital plan that would provide funding for agricultural conservation easements and farmland preservation.

Commissioner Percy Dougherty, who sponsored the bill, made the motion June 22 to defer voting on the bill due to the absence of Commissioner Tom Creighton, who also serves as chairman of the farmland preservation board.

Dougherty explained the purpose of the amendment.

Porter Lodge dedicates flagpole, bench

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Ralph Younger of Catasauqua left an indelible imprint on family, friends, the community and fellow Masons that will never be forgotten.

Younger, who passed away at the age of 81 in May, was recognized June 18 for his contributions as a 50-year member of the Porter Lodge 284 F&AM Masonic Lodge, North Catasauqua, during a flagpole dedication ceremony. The new flagpole, donated by lodge members, will display the U.S. flag and Masonic flag. Also donated was a plaque recognizing Younger, an apprentice Mason and a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean Conflict.

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.”