Catasauqua Press

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Morganelli sworn in as county judge

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Amid pomp and circumstance in historic Courtroom No. 1, John Morganelli was officially sworn into office Jan. 31 as a Northampton County Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

The county prison’s honor guard, in dress blues and accompanied by a bagpiper, presented the colors, and Easton Area High School’s Karissa Kresch sang the national anthem.

The entire bench of the county’s judges attended the ceremony, as did U.S. District Court Judges Ed Smith and Joseph Leeson Jr. and numerous other dignitaries. President Judge Michael Koury Jr. administered the oath.

Houck takes DA oath of office

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

For the first time since 1991, Northampton County has a new district attorney. John Morganelli, who held the office for an unprecedented 28 years, has been succeeded by his first deputy, Terrence Houck, who was sworn into office Jan. 6.

Houck is a career prosecutor who has spent 32 years in the district attorney’s offices of Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. His last 13 years have been spent as Northampton County’s first deputy DA.

Before he became a lawyer, Houck worked as a police officer in Philadelphia and attended Temple Law School at night.

Catasauqua woman seeks adaptive bike for grandson

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Many people have fond memories of riding bicycles as children and the feeling of freedom that goes with it. For some, this is not an option. Children with special needs are often denied this simple childhood pleasure due to their extra needs and the high cost of adaptive bikes.

Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway is seeking to change that for some, and a Catasauqua woman is aiming to help her grandson get a bike to ride around town.

County resident addresses the firing of 911 dispatchers

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel, of Whitehall Township, addressed the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong at the Feb. 12 meeting, stating she was disappointed in their decision to fire three supervisors and to allegedly force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year Dec. 31, 2019, while on duty in the dispatch room.

Fehnel, a 911 dispatcher from 2007 to 2010 in Allentown, said she felt someone needed to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

Hanover names new manager

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Wehr brings municipal zoning experience

Hanover Township has appointed Melissa Wehr as its new township manager. She replaces Christopher Garges, who moved on to fill an opening in North Whitehall Township.

Wehr gained her experience in municipal government as a zoning and codes officer in Whitehall Township.

“I am excited to be in Hanover. I have an excellent staff to support me,” she said.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News



Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.



Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.


Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.