Catasauqua Press

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

N. Catty municipal building relies on bottled water

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Former school building has no fountains, according to council president

The safety and quality of the water supply at many older current and former Lehigh Valley-area school district buildings continue to prompt questions from parents, families and residents, as well as local media who want to know: Is the water free from lead and ultimately safe to drink?

Commissioners told water is ‘exceptional quality’

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Authority (LCA) Chief Executive Officer Liesel M. Gross presented the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners with a report on the quality of the county’s drinking water at the April 13 board meeting.

According to Gross, LCA has roughly 600 miles of water main.

“None of them are made of lead,” she said.

The suburban division, consisting of Upper and Lower Macungie townships, has no lead service lines, Gross added.

“That’s primarily because of the [newer] age of the lines,” she said.

Water tested at district schools

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in School

Three faucets are replaced at Sheckler Elementary

A flood of recent media stories involving the testing of water for lead in the pipes and fountains of older school district buildings has caused many residents across the Lehigh Valley to question the safety of their own school’s water supply.

The Catasauqua Area School District was one step ahead of its neighboring school districts in testing the water supply in its buildings for possible lead exposure.

Kathryn Bollinger Johnson celebrates 100th birthday

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

Says secret to long life is ‘clean living’

Kathryn Bollinger Johnson surpassed a life milestone April 1 that few ever experience. She is 100 years of age.

Last Sunday, Kathryn was treated to a very special birthday party, as she was surrounded by her brother, Del Bollinger of North Catasauqua, and family members who traveled from as far away as New York, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Australia to celebrate her life. The party took place at the Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville.

Board appoints, reappoints county residents to fill posts

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

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed and reappointed a number of area residents to fill board, authority and administration posts at the March 23 meeting.

Commissioner Geoff Brace said the governance committee recommended the appointment and reappointment of the individuals.

William Erdman of Upper Macungie Township was reappointed to serve on the Lehigh County Conservation District. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2019.