Althea D. Kratzer, 86, formerly of Nazareth, died July 23, 2012, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall Township. She was the wife of the late Stanley S. Kratzer.
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late George LeRoy and Lila (Keck) Miller.
She was a machine operator for the former Lehigh Frocks and the former Pioneer Sportswear Company, both in Nazareth.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Nazareth.
She was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Frank J. Vandergrift Sr., 79, of Whitehall, formerly of Allentown, died Aug. 2, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Marie T. (Yost) Vandergrift for 59 years.
Born in Coplay, he was the son of the late Frederick Vandergrift and Julia (Marth) Vandergrift Bertha.
A Korean War veteran, he was a corporal in the army medical service.
He was an investment broker for Janney Montgomery Scott, Allentown, retiring in 1997.
A resident of the unit block of North Third Street reported to Coplay Police Aug. 3 that someone threw a landscaping rock through the window of her front storm door.
The resident told police she was watching a program on TV when she heard a crashing sound. Responding to the noise, Molchany said she got up and looked outside but did not see anyone. The rock that had been thrown had been in her front yard, police said.
Police are investigating.
Camper wire cut
The Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority and City of Bethlehem are giving a sneak peek of the new Bethlehem Visitor Center at SteelStacks during Musikfest, through Aug. 12.
The interactive visitor center, which will be open for guided and self-guided tours, is featuring several exhibits that highlight the region's arts and cultural attractions, history, industrial heritage and recreational opportunities.
Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Officers responded to a report of two vehicle tires punctured in the 1700 block of Franklin Street.
· A hit-and-run motor vehicle crash brought officers to the 2000 block of Main Street.
· Police responded to the theft of a string trimmer in the 800 block of Main Street.
· A report of a burglary brought officers to the 500 block of East 12th Street.
ArtsQuest and more than one dozen area restaurants team up for the Appetizer Bowl, 4 - 7 p.m. Aug. 26, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Appetizers, dips and finger foods will be served in six different categories: Cheesiest, Seafood-based, Dips & Spreads, Veggie-based, Meat-based and Sauciest Couple (wings and sauce).
Attendees may sample and vote for their favorite in the "People's Choice" category. A judging panel will determine winners in the six appetizer categories.
Among the environmental losses that rarely make the news, our world's firefly populations are dropping like – leaves?
Fireflies aren't actually "flies," but luminous beetles. About 2,000 species of them exist globally, in the "shining" family Lampyridae.
In the mid-Atlantic, this summer, wet weather brightened prospects for the region's firefly species, which prefer damp soils. Worldwide, however, scientists report a steady plummet of firefly numbers as their woodland habitats fall.
As I read a report a couple weeks ago that detailed China's dismal record on food safety issues. I found myself wondering, "Is this the kind of country some politicians want for us?"
That feeling was reinforced the next day, when I read that freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is single-handedly holding up legislation that would tighten regulation and oversight of gas pipelines, because of his philosophical opposition to any government regulation.
Catasauqua Area School District Athletic Director Thomas Moll told school board members during Tuesday's workshop meeting the baseline and concussion tests performed with the assistance of ImPACT Applications Inc. software have been helpful in assessing sports-related head injuries.
The board is expected to approve a contract with ImPACT Applications Inc. at Monday's board meeting.
Students who participate in sports programs within the district are required to undergo a baseline test.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company recently answered the following calls.
July 12, 5:40 p.m.
Charotin firefighters responded to the area of Third and Grove street for a smoke investigation. The caller had reported seeing smoke down by the river.
Firefighters investigated and found a burn barrel in the yard at 1346 Third St. The homeowner was allowed to extinguish the fire and firefighters cleared the scene. The North Catasauqua burn ordinance does not allow any burning except for outdoor cooking.
Smoke from dwelling