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Middle school student advances to regional spelling bee

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua Middle School student Olivia Becker is a firm believer that preparation and hard work spell success.

Olivia finished first-place in this year’s CMS spelling bee Jan. 12 by spelling the word “cylindrical” correctly.

Last Thursday, Olivia was one of 45 area students who successfully passed a preliminary written exam administered at Northampton Community College, qualifying her to move on to the 30th Annual Express-Times Regional Spelling Bee. That competition will be held at NCC March 25.

CHS Drama Club to present ‘All Shook Up’

Thursday, March 3, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Catasauqua High School Drama Club, under the direction of Brenda McGuire, will present the musical “All Shook Up” at 7 p.m. March 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. March 13, in the high school auditorium.

“All Shook Up” is a 2004 American jukebox musical that includes music by Elvis Presley, and a book by American playwright and author Joe DiPietro. The story is based on William Shakespeare’s 1602 play “Twelfth Night.”

Board approves Innovative Arts charter

Thursday, February 25, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Catasauqua Area School Board has officially granted the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School a three-year charter.

The school’s charter will run 2016-19.

The board approved the charter at the Feb. 9 school board meeting by a vote of 5-0. Board President Penny Hahn abstained from the vote, citing as a reason her absence from the initial charter school presentation.

The school will share space with the Medical Academy Charter School, located in the former Lincoln Middle School building, 330 Howertown Road.

Ministry school to open March 1

Thursday, February 25, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua will soon be home to a ministry school focused on the teachings of the Bible.

Revolution Church Bishop Jim McIver is the founder of the Impact School of Ministry. Classes will officially begin March 1 and will be taught by McIver at the church, located at 5 Race St.

“The Holy Spirit birthed the vision in me to start Impact School of Ministry,” McIver said. “Revolution Church is in Catasauqua and that is where the classes will be held.”

N. Catasauqua man is ValleyChurch pastor

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

ValleyChurch has been offering worship services in Northampton’s Roxy theater, located at 2004 Main St., since July 2015.

The church, which meets at 10 a.m. every Sunday, currently has about 20 to 25 members, is led by Pastor Phil Miller.

Congregation members come from Allentown, Bethlehem, Slatington, New Tripoli, Catasauqua and Northampton.

Miller, who is a native of North Catasauqua and a 1988 graduate of Catasauqua High School, is a trained musician, with credentials in both performance and education.

L.C. commissioners nix reappointment

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Board may seek candidate with experience in wastewater

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners recently voted to replace 10-year member of the Lehigh County Authority (LCA) Emrich M. Stellar, Jr.

The 5-4 vote to replace Stellar, a resident of Upper Saucon Township, occurred at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting. Voting in opposition to Stellar’s reappointment was board Chairman Brad Osborne and commissioners Tom Creighton, Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein and Michael Schware.

Stellar was seeking another five-year term on the board.

School district commits to not raising tax beyond index

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Increase in levy may still be necessary

The Catasauqua Area School Board has unanimously passed a resolution indicating the district will not raise taxes beyond the 2016-17 Pennsylvania Act 1 index of 3.1 percent.

Last year’s state index was 2.6 percent.

District Superintendent Robert Spengler told The Press despite signs the overall economy is recovering, the school board and administration may have to consider the possibility of raising the real estate tax rate in the district.

Students, staff back to school after Jonas

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Winter Storm Jonas did not stop Catasauqua Area School District students, teachers and staff from returning to school last Wednesday.

Unlike a number of area school districts, including Allentown and Bethlehem, CASD opted for delayed starts Wednesday through Friday, rather than taking snow days. Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday while township, state and borough crews cleared the more than 30 inches of snow from local streets.

County resolves to end veterans’ homelessness

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

Lehigh County is poised to end homelessness among the area’s veterans population. Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution aimed at ending military veteran homeless throughout the Lehigh Valley at the board’s Jan. 13 meeting.

Chief sponsor, Commissioner Geoff Brace, called the issue of veterans homelessness a moral one. “Our veterans deserve our unqualified support as an expression of our gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices they made,” Brace told the board.

Winter Storm Jonas strikes

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

Borough residents left to shovel historic snowfall accumulation

One of the largest snowstorms in Lehigh Valley history mercilessly pounded the Catasauqua area Friday night into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Winter Storm Jonas entered the history books in grand fashion by delivering the most snow recorded in a single day since 1922, according to National Weather Service.

Lehigh Valley International Airport reported 31.9 inches of snow as of 1 a.m. Sunday, National Weather Service also reported.