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Northampton man killed in Whitehall Twp. collision

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Police Log

A Northampton man was killed Oct. 11 in a two-vehicle crash in Whitehall Township.

According to Whitehall police, the motor vehicle accident occurred approximately 3:30 p.m. on Ruchsville Road, between South Church and Bridge streets.

Brock Weiss, 28, was the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead just after 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the scene, Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Raymond Anthony said.

Anthony ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death as an accident.

Ready for some fall fun?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Activities aplenty throughout month in Catty, N. Catty

Fall is finally here — and both Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs are ready to celebrate.

Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association is sponsoring the 13th annual Fest O’ Fall celebration noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6, with a rain date of noon-5 p.m. Oct. 7.

Activities will be held at Biery House, 8 Race St., and George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets.

Change on Main opens its doors

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Northampton center helps those recovering from addiction

Northampton County’s newest recovery center opened Aug. 24. Change on Main, 1830 Main St., Northampton, seeks to offer a safe and pressure-free environment for those in recovery to find their own community and avoid external stressors.

“Here at Change on Main, that’s what we’re going to offer — hope and love. That’s the foundation of what people in recovery need,” Brian Sabo, the center’s program director, said.

School board OKs comprehensive plan

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

AP calculus course will be added for Catasauqua High School students

At the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Sept. 11, the board voted on the final plan of the school district’s comprehensive plan for 2019-22. Director of Curriculum and Assessment Dr. Christina Lutz-Doemling said this plan meets all the state’s Department of Education requirements and has been a work in progress over the past few years. It was unanimously approved.

Catasauqua boy inspired to donate hair for those with cancer

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

When Nathan Scholl’s grandmother asked him for some of his hair as a lighthearted joke during her cancer treatments, no one realized the impact this request would have on the boy.

After she passed away, Nathan wanted to do something to help others in his grandmother’s position and took her appeal to heart. The young Catasauqua resident decided to overcome his hatred of hair cuts and donate his hair. This started a tradition for the boy, and this July marked his second donation.

Catasauqua Area School District focusing on long-term goals

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education got down to business Aug. 14 in preparation for the new school year.

Superintendent Robert Spengler took the board through his overall plan for the future, looking at long-term goals. He emphasized leadership recognized a need for a change, so it is going to seek input from stakeholders, including community and family members.

“I think we’re all tired of not enhancing our programming. I’m tired of not addressing our needs,” Spengler said.

Parents say current dress code at middle school shames girls

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

At the Catasauqua Area School Board meeting Aug. 14, Justina Beck, the mother of a third- and fifth-grader, raised concerns about the dress code at Catasauqua Middle School.

According to Beck, many of the parents were displeased with the inconsistencies and double standards they perceived in the dress code. She raised a plea for a common-sense dress code at the middle school.

Longtime teachers retire from Catasauqua Area School District

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Two of the recently retired teachers, DiAnne Galm and David Burker, from the Catasauqua Area School District can boast long careers with the district.

Galm has been a fitness and wellness teacher in the district for 20 years.

She started at Sheckler Elementary School, moved to Catasauqua Middle School and finished her career at Catasauqua High School.

“The bonus to this is how I followed amazing groups of students through their journey from elementary school through high school. We grew up together,” Galm said.

Two Catasauqua Area School District bus drivers retire

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Several members of the Catasauqua Area School District retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

There were two members of the transportation department who retired — Sam Burrows and Thomas Eroh.

Burrows has been a bus driver for eight years. He said he has enjoyed watching the students grow from their first day on the bus to his last day behind the wheel. He particularly enjoyed transporting the teams to sporting events and getting to watch them compete.

School board prepares for new hires

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

The Catasauqua Area Board of Education celebrated the end of the school year with a gathering to honor the district’s retirees before the June 12 meeting.

After the festivities, the board got down to business and started preparing for the next year.

Amanda Meiley was approved as a biology teacher at Catasauqua High School for the 2018-19 school year. She previously worked in the Allentown School District and will be replacing Janet Schmidt, who retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Student teachers and interns were also approved by the board.