Congressman Charlie Dent has reintroduced the National Heritage Area Act as H.R. 445. The bill would govern the 49 existing National Heritage Areas (NHAs) and establish standardized criteria by which future areas will be designated.
Leadership Lehigh Valley (LLV), which identifies and trains emerging leaders from the region, is now accepting applications for the September 2014 program.
Group members will explore personal and community issues and broaden their knowledge of the greater Lehigh Valley during the monthly one-day sessions.
LLV graduates find placement on a broad spectrum of the region's nonprofit boards, providing strategic direction, financial oversight and philanthropic support in health care, education, social services, environmental and arts organizations.
Thursday, May 23: Elem.–Ham and cheese pretzelwich, french fries, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, milk. M.S.–Philly cheesesteak on a roll, steak sauce, assorted fresh fruit, steamed asparagus, baby carrots, side salad, milk.
Friday, May 24: Elem.–Pizza (red, whole grain), broccoli, sliced peaches, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, milk. M.S.–Tacos, buttered corn, assorted fresh fruit, black bean salad, baby carrots, side salad, milk.
Monday May 27: Holiday. Closed.
Alex Solga, a resident at Whitehall Manor, Fullerton, celebrated his 100th birthday May 2 at a party in the facility's Florida Room. Solga, in his earlier years, resided in Northampton and Catasauqua. Joined by his son Michael, Solga cut a decorated cake as he was surrounded by friends, balloons and songs that filled the air. He is a World War II veteran who served in the European Theater as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and later retired from Mack Trucks. He was also an avid golfer who continues to enjoy good health. Solga was married to Helen Solga, who died in 2001.
Joyce L. Hartman, 84, of Boyertown, died May 15, 2013, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Lewis Hartman.
Born in Petersville, she was a daughter of the late Paul Sr. and Jennie (Miller) Koch.
With a theme of "Paris," the 2013 Catasauqua High School Prom was held at the Bethlehem Steelstacks Fowler Center on Friday.
Tyler Bernard Smith, 32, of Northampton, died in his home May 14, 2013. He was the husband of Chanan (Cortez) Smith. They celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary this year.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of Thomas Benner and Brenda Smith.
He worked as an electrician for Edison Electric and was an apprentice and a member of IBEW 375 since 2005.
He was a Marine Corps vet who served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait.
Meryl "Tex" H. Semmel, 83, of Allentown, died May 20, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospice-Inpatient unit, Allentown. He was the husband of Olga P. (Pekurny) for 60 years.
Born in Mahoning Township, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Kidden) Semmel.
He was in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
He worked in the maintenance department of the former Tarkett Manufacturning, Whitehall, for many years until he retired in 1992.
He was a member of St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.
Alvin Newton Bugbee Jr., 90, of Catasauqua, died May 19, 2013. He was the husband of Monica (Hefele) Bugbee for 63 years.
Born in Trenton, N.J., he was a son of the late Alvin Newton Bugbee and Helen Horn of Catasauqua.
He was a Catasauqua High School graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University. He was a graduate of Infantry Officer's Candidate School.
North Catasauqua residents will begin leaving their recyclable items at the curb with the rest of their refuse beginning June 3. A three-year trash hauling contract was awarded to J.P. Mascaro and Sons following a May 13 hearing regarding Mascaro's appeal of a borough council decision to accept a bid for a 5-year contract from McAuliffe Hauling & Recycling. Judge Edward Smith recommended, and the borough agreed to, a compromise in the dispute in which the borough accepts Mascaro's Jan. 22 bid of $582,248 for a 3-year contract.