More than 6,500 unfunded mandates have been imposed on Pennsylvania's local governments over the past 30 years.
Township officials, tired of seeing millions of tax dollars wasted every year, came together recently to urge state lawmakers to change the system so that municipalities can put that money to better use, namely to improve roads and other infrastructure.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 800 block of Locust Street.
· Police responded to a domestic call in the 1200 block of Fifth Street.
· A vehicle stop brought officers to Third and Eugene streets.
· Officers assisted the Catasauqua Police Department at Second and Pine streets.
A report of an abandoned vehicle brought police to the 1100 block of Eighth Street.
· Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1000 block of American Street.
Evelyn L. Wieder, 94, of Northampton, formerly of Emmaus, died May 20, 2013, surrounded by her family, in her home. She was the wife of the late Frederick C.O. Wieder who died September 18, 2000. Born in Vera Cruz, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Daisy (Ringer) Kuehn.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus and was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 1937.
She was employed by Rodale Manufacturing for 32 years until her retirement.
Journalists are yet again under attack.
The most recent attack is from the United States Justice Department, which seized cellphone records of Associated Press reporters and editors in the process of investigating what it calls a national security leak.
Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt has called the seizure of records "unconstitutional."
Carlton W. Weaver, 81, of Egypt, died May 15, 2013, in St. Luke's Hospice, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Doris E. (Sell) Weaver for 57 years.
Born in Egypt, he was a son of the late George T. and Erma L. (Heilman) Weaver.
He was a 1950 graduate of Whitehall High School.
He was in the U. S. Army during the Korean conflict.
He was a maintenance mechanic at Lehigh Valley Dairies and Beatrice Foods for more than 33 years. He was a sexton at the former Egypt Union Church.
The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association will sponsor a free day of watershed education and music for children and their families at Kreidersville Covered Bridge Park, 100 Covered Bridge Road in Allen Township. This free event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the conclusion of the Kreidersville Covered Bridge Challenge (5K and 10K race).
While the race will take place rain or shine, the rain date for the SplashFest will take place at the park the following day.
Trash cans stolen
Borough police on May 17 were called to the unit block of Chestnut Street for a report of stolen garbage cans.
Police said a neighbor observed two men in a white Ford pickup truck with a loud exhaust pull alongside the residence. One man got out of the truck and placed the trash cans into the vehicle, driving away south on Grape Alley, police said.
Daniel Walker, 28, of 3015 S. Second St., Whitehall Township, was escorted home Friday, May 17 after Coplay police cited him with public drunkenness.
The Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A report of road rage brought police to Eberhart Road.
· Officers responded to a disturbance at Walmart, 2601 MacArthur Road.
· Police were called to the 300 block of Crest Drive to investigate a report of a registration sticker removed from a vehicle.
· A report of a suspicious activity brought officers to Congress Street.
· Police responded to a report of a dog barking in the 3200 block of Flatrock Drive.
Hilda C. Otter, 98, of Orefield, died May 17, 2013, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.
She was the wife of the late Norman H. Otter.
Born June 30, 1914, in Beach Haven, Luzerne County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd C. and Ruth C. (Harter) Slusser.
She was the oldest member of Morgenland Union Church, Orefield.
Student caught with drug paraphernalia
A 14-year-old juvenile was found to have drug paraphernalia at Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Allen Township.
In her possession was a glass pipe used for smoking marijuana, police said.
Job site death reported
The accidental death of Paul Daniel Mast, 28, of Columbia, Pa., brought state police May 21 to Seiple Farms, Nor Bath Boulevard, East Allen Township.