The Northampton Press placed first in the "publications regularly edited by entrant" category in the 2012 National Federation of Press Women communications contest.
"A publisher of mine once told me, 'I'd rather be a strong weekly than a weak daily,'" wrote one of the contest judges. "The Northampton Press is a strong weekly with solid editing, writing, photography and design content going on with a clear sense of purpose. It is a newspaper that seeks to keep pushing on its coverage and for its community. Nice! Keep up the good work."
Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A report of a man shattering a side entry door brought officers to the PNC Bank, 2102 Main St.
· Police responded to a report of a GPS and cologne stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of East Seventh Street.
· Officers were called to the CVS Pharmacy, 29 W. 21st St., to investigate a report of a man who stole a Halloween mask and several bags of candy.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls recently:
Smoke in a dwelling
Aug. 24, 5:13 p.m.
Charotin firefighters responded with the Catasauqua and Han-Le-Co fire departments for smoke in a dwelling in the unit block of Race Street. The caller had reported smoke filling the residence. Investigation revealed an electrical malfunction in a ceiling fan. Personnel isolated the ceiling fan to prevent further issues.
Structure fire report
Aug. 28, 10:34 a.m.
An Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; and Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Weissport Park and Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport, 880 Allen St.
The event will include tractor-drawn hayrides along the historic canal, a tractor show, crafters, a pumpkin patch, homemade food and children's activities.
This event is also catering to seniors, elderly individuals and people with disabilities. Families of all ages are also invited to attend.
Hayrides will be held every 20 minutes, from 11 a.m. throughout the day.
Once again the Cherrydale fundraiser was a huge success with $31,000 in sales, bringing in a great profit to help fund activities and events held for Sheckler Elementary School students throughout the school year.
Students who sold 10 or more items will get to enjoy the Big Blast Party with DJ Hedi and giant inflatables. The party is planned for Nov. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Judy "Chenaw" M. SantaMaria, 71, of Bethlehem Township, died Oct. 12, 2012, in her home. She was the wife of the late Peter V. SantaMaria for 48 years.
Born in Allentown and raised in Fullerton, she was a daughter of the late Roy A. and Mildred L. (Matthews) Freeman Jr.
She was a 1959 graduate of Whitehall High School. She earned a degree in psychology from Moravian College.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bethlehem.
Geraldine K. Dorwart, 58, of Northampton, died Oct. 17, 2012, at Muhlenberg Hospital, Bethlehem.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John and Arlene (Saylor) Hawkey.
She was a certified nurse's assistant. She was also a CNC operator for Victaulic, Forks Township, and was a brakeman on the railroad.
She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.
At the Catasauqua-North Catasauqua Halloween Parade, a Catasauqua resident had a big surprise for his girlfriend.
From left, Tyler Andrews, Delaney Troxell, Ezekiel Sobrado and Paige Shupp hold up a bucket they decorated for the Sheckler Elementary School Think First Assembly held recently in the school cafeteria. Each class decorated a bucket now being used by teachers to promote positive behavior in their classrooms. Each time a student does or says kind things to others, the individual teacher will fill the bucket with a star cut out. On each star cut out is written a kind thing or kind word someone did or said for another.
Mary E. (Lawrence) Csicsek, 96, of Bethlehem, died Oct. 9, 2012, in her home. She was the wife of the late Charles "Chickie" M. Csicisek.
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late John and Rose (Biro) Lawrence.
She worked for Laros Printery and, during World War II, for the Bethlehem Steel. She worked for Western Electric for 25 years, retiring in 1976.