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Roughies band wins two competitions

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in School

The Catasauqua High School Roughies Marching Band may be small in number, but they are mighty in spirit.

The band on Oct. 1 placed first in its division (39 members or less) during the Cavalcade of Bands competition held at West Chester East Senior High School. CHS competed against two other high school bands.

CHS music teacher and band director Robert Arnold noted a total of four divisions participated in the competition.

Arnold said the band performed well, scoring 73.55 points.

Catty grad returns to middle school halls as a teacher

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in School

It wasn’t too long ago that Catasauqua Middle School sixth-grade math and language arts teacher James Snyder was walking the halls of the middle school as a student.

Snyder, who is a 2012 graduate of Catasauqua High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in middle level education. The Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously approved Snyder’s appointment as a full-time teacher this summer.

Teaching runs in Snyder’s family. Snyder said the strong family history of teaching led him to pursue a career in education.

2017 Lehigh County budget is approved

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Spending plan calls for $1.1 million tax cut

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved a 2017 budget amounting to $402.8 million at its Oct. 26 meeting.

The budget, which includes 16 amendments, was approved by a vote of 5-3 with Commissioners Geoff Brace, David Jones Sr. and Dan Hartzell voting in opposition.

Noteworthy amendments include a $1.1 million tax cut and a one-time $400,000 rebate. The budget calls for a millage rate of 3.64 mills. It results in residents saving $10.50 in taxes on a home assessed at $200,000.

County commissioners review amendments to 2017 budget

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took its first look at the 2017 budget at its Oct. 13 meeting.

The 2017 budget amounts to $399 million and includes roughly 33 amendments. The budget also proposes no tax increase and keeps the millage rate stable at 3.68 mills.

Commissioner Geoff Brace introduced an amendment, which was approved, that would eliminate a line item for the Northern Lehigh Community Center. An ordinance would be required to release $100,000 in funds.

School board approves substitute, appointment positions

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Catasauqua Area School Board at its Oct. 11 meeting approved a number of substitute and appointment positions.

Approved substitute positions include Janet Wanamaker as cafeteria substitute; Arian Orender as noncertified instructional aide; Jalen Nichols as noncertified instructional aide; Brittany Becker as substitute cafeteria aide; and Kimberly Bayer as substitute teacher.

Sheckler Elementary receives $1,000 Kids Bowl Free grant

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in School

Sheckler Elementary School Principal Eric Dauberman last month received some surprising news in the form of a grant.

According to Dauberman, Sheckler was nominated for a $1,000 grant through Town & Country Bowling Lanes, Bethlehem.

According to bowling center manager Dennis Bruder, the national Kids Bowl Free summer bowling program selected Sheckler out of 18,000 schools nationwide to receive the check. Town & Country’s marketing representative nominated area schools within a 25 mile radius.

Sheckler students raise funds for playground

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in School

Two Sheckler Elementary School students recently decided to do their part to raise money for new playground equipment.

Fourth-grade students Cody Kurczeski and Nicholas Stem approached the Sheckler administration last month, requesting approval to set up a lemonade stand during the school’s meet the teacher night Sept. 15.

Cody told The Press he and Nicholas saw an announcement that Home and School Association was trying to raise funds.

“We decided to help in another way,” Cody said.

County approves bond bill reading

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners Sept. 14 approved the first reading of a bill that will allow the issuance of general obligation bonds totaling roughly $20 million.

The vote was 8-0.

According to Michael Setley of Concord Public Finance, the bonds will be used to fund $19 million in county capital projects.

The county will ultimately have to borrow $20 million, he said.

The funding will be used to pay for Lehigh County Courthouse renovations, county software and repairs to Coca-Cola Park.

Developer seeks acquisition of high school intersection

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua Area School Board recently learned Rockefeller Group is interested in acquiring the right-of-way at Willowbrook and West Bullshead roads, on the campus of Catasauqua High School (CHS). Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick, of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba PC, appeared before the board Sept. 13 on behalf of the Rockefeller Group.

County board presented with LCA capital plan

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners were presented with the Lehigh County Authority’s five-year capital plan at the board’s Aug. 24 meeting.

Liesel Gross, chief executive officer of LCA, said the plan is merely an overview.

“We felt a five-year plan was more manageable,” she said. “A capital plan is the most conceptual. It’s a five-year look out.”

According to Gross, 85 projects are included in the five-year plan, with $25 million of work anticipated in 2017. Total funding for the plan, she added, is $146 million.