I recently read the story of 15-year-old Sydney Ireland, of New York, who had petitioned the Boy Scouts of America to allow girls into the organization.
Sydney had attended Cub Scouts with her brother “unofficially” since she was very young. She was not able to earn any of the recognition or badges her older brother earned because she is female.
Her brother is now an Eagle Scout.
According to news reports, Sydney went as far as she could with Cub Scouts, later joined the South African Scouts and then achieved the highest rank with the Canadian Scouts.
Elizabeth I. Murphy, 86, died April 13, 2017, at Whitehall Manor. She was the wife of the late Joseph F. Murphy.
Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Hobart and Stella (Strunk) Kern.
She enjoyed roller skating at Skateaway and watching college basketball games.
She is survived by a son, Joe and his wife Carol of Catasauqua; two brothers, Randy and his wife Judy Kern and Hobie and his wife Grace Kern; two grandsons, Joe and Hunter; and a great-grandson, Cody.
Catasauqua Middle School students in fifth through eighth grades will sit for the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) today.
The school will award the PSSA perfect attendance award April 28 to those students with perfect attendance during PSSA testing.
Looking ahead, eighth-grade students will sit for the PSSA science tests May 3-4.
The CMS annual book fair is scheduled for May 8-12 in the school library.
Be sure to drop by and check out the book selection.
A Catasauqua woman died early Saturday morning after her car, traveling an estimated 120 mph, crashed into a cement wall and then guide rail.
State police at Lehighton identified the victim as Candy L. Growden, 48, of Catasauqua. The crash occurred about 1 a.m. along Route 248 in Lower Towamensing Township.
Theresa M. Gierula, 85, of Fullerton, died April 17, 2017, in her home. She was the wife of the late Bernard “Bunnie” F. Gierula for 56 years.
Born in Hellertown, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Martin) Hudock.
She was a secretary at Lucent Technology for many years until she retired.
She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Allentown, where she was a past recording secretary and a pierogi maker.
Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
Officers were called to Seventh Street for a report of suspicious activity.
Police responded to a report of a suspicious person on Lincoln Avenue.
Police conducted a death investigation on North Lehigh Avenue.
A report of trespassing summoned officers to Parkway Avenue.
Police were summoned to MacArthur Road for a report of a disabled vehicle.
Officers conducted a drug investigation on Mickley Run.
Earl Sinclair Baylor, a resident of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, died April 20, 2017. He was the husband of Faye (McKeever) Baylor for 66 years.
Born in Easton in 1929, he was a son of the late Russell and Gladys (Stark) Baylor.
He was a 1947 Bethlehem Vocational-Technical High School graduate.
He was in the U.S. Army and was a sergeant in Germany during the Korean War era. He was, for four years, in the U.S. Army’s Ready Reserves.
He was an apprentice at Bethlehem Steel Company. He was, for almost 25 years, a machinist at Line Tool Company, Allentown.
Pamela A. Kellow, 48, of Northampton, died April 20, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, as the result of injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident on April 14.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Charles G. Kern Jr. and Elaine A. (Dillinger) Kern of Northampton.
She was a 1987 graduate of Northampton High School.
She was a line leader at Zulily distribution center, Bethlehem, for the past year. She worked earlier for Lowes Hardware.