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Friday, July 3, 2020

CMS talent show goes virtual

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

The end of the school year is filled with many special events. For students at Catasauqua Middle School, one of these events is the annual talent show.

Kimmie Miller, art teacher, and Vicki MacLaughlin, sixth-grade teacher, run Student Forum, which organizes the talent show.

According to Miller and MacLaughlin, they normally hold tryouts in April and have two rehearsals before the show. The show generally runs two days for the fifth- and sixth-grade students and then two days for the seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Students honored for strong skill sets

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

As the unorthodox 2019-20 school year drew to a close, Catasauqua High School faculty and staff had been working to recognize the outstanding work of the students one more time.

“Teachers were able to nominate students based on their performance and contributions in the new online learning environment,” said Ashley Schmidt, career facilitator.

This was the second Students of the Semester recognition for the new program at CHS. CHS made a Facebook post June 18 with the students’ pictures and the recognition they received. The first ceremony was held Jan. 23.

School board OKs 2020-21 budget

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

District names middle school assistant principal, two elementary teachers

At the June 11 Catasauqua Area School Board meeting, board members voted to approve the final adoption of the 2020-21 budget.

Superintendent Robert Spengler noted since the school district straddles two counties, the administration has to do a rebalancing. This rebalancing results in an approximate millage hike of 1.8 percent for Lehigh County residents, about $39 per household, and an approximate 5.3-percent decrease for Northampton County residents, about $139 in savings.

“All said and done, I think it is a responsible budget,” Spengler said.

Treat a member of the Class of 2020 to something special

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

If you’ve been concerned about the members of the Catasauqua High School Class of 2020 and wanted a way to help them feel special, Heather Montanez has your answer.

Montanez, stepmother of CHS senior Marissa Montanez, recently started the Catasauqua Class of 2020 ADOPT A SENIOR Facebook page.

Montanez noted she was finding similar groups for the Whitehall-Coplay and Parkland school districts and wondered why there wasn’t one for Catasauqua.

COVID-19 forces changes to Memorial Day services

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News


As of press time, there was no information available regarding Catasauqua American Legion Post 215’s plans for Memorial Day services.


• Fullerton American Legion Post 367 has canceled its Memorial Day service due to COVID-19.

• Jones-Quigg American Legion Post 739, Hokendauqua, is doing private services to honor those veterans who lost their lives in service to the country. Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, Post members are not opening the ceremonies to the public.

Board votes Christy Onkotz Cooper as new member

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

At the May 12 meeting, Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education members unanimously voted Christy Onkotz Cooper to join their ranks.

Shortly before the vote, the resignation of Stephen Becker from the position of school board director was approved. Cooper, who was nominated by board member Lauren Cieslak, will now fill Becker’s empty seat.

Also approved was Donald Panto to fill the role of board treasurer, Jason Bashaw as board secretary and Dale Hein as assistant secretary.

School board OKs proposed budget

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

In dual-county district, one area could see tax increase, other might not

During a May 12 virtual meeting, Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education approved the proposed final 2020-21 budget with a unanimous vote.

The proposed final budget estimates general expenditures of $33,145,795 and balances anticipated revenues and expenditures.

During the budget presentation, Superintendent of Schools Robert Spengler noted the budget may still be subject to changes or clarifications.

Coronavirus cancels anniversary celebration

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Jupiter Crush reworks business plan, offers virtual makeup classes

Small businesses have been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. Jupiter Crush, 16 W. Race St., Catasauqua, is no exception.

According to owner Jessica Jones, the permanent makeup and cosmetic tattoo studio was scheduled to celebrate its third anniversary in March but instead was forced to cancel and close until businesses can reopen.

Community helps Catasauqua resident get new adaptive bike

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Keep an eye out around Catasauqua Borough for young Jace Reed and his new set of wheels.

The Catasauqua resident suffers from cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and left-sided hemiparesis after a car accident when he was 6 months old.

His grandmother and primary caregiver, Dena Reed, embarked on a quest to get Jace a new bike utilizing Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway contest.

School district weighs options for graduation

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

With Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s mandate closing schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, questions remain about many end-of-year school events.

Wolf released a guideline April 22 for a gradual reopening of the state. The plan calls for moving from the current red phase through a yellow phase with more flexibility while still enforcing safety restrictions, to the green phase, lifting the stay-at-home and closure orders while continuing to prioritize public health.

Wolf also extended the stay-at-home orders until May 25.