The first total eclipse to span coast to coast across the U.S. mainland in almost a century will be visible Aug. 21. For people in Pennsylvania, the eclipse coverage will reach over 75 percent.
This rare celestial event is a spectacular occurrence; however, there are precautions people should take to help maintain their eye health while witnessing the spectacle in its full glory. Looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause serious eye damage, including blurry vision that can last months, or even permanent problems.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.
According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “the change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades 3 through 8.”
Wolf commented on the change during a Schools That Teach tour stop at Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.
The impending delivery of a new dump truck in Hanover Township means the old one is now on the market.
At the July 19 meeting of the Hanover Township Council, members heard from public works Director Jeffry Mouer.
“We want to put the one we use now up for sale,” he said. “It’s a 1998 International, for around $30,000.”
Mouer indicated there is some interest at that sales level.
“We have a pretty good reputation for taking care of our equipment ... so various people ask when we might have something up for sale,” he said.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Guests at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua Aug. 6 gathered around Ben Franklin’s militia, portrayed by Bachman Players, who ventured up from Philadelphia to tell the story of how Easton was saved from the grasps of the wicked British troops who marched against the town during the Revolutionary War.
Easton housed a military hospital during the war. The town was of strategic importance because it was on the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Both waterways were key transportation links for military operations.
Amy Capewell took the floor at Catasauqua Borough Council’s meeting Aug. 7 to express her dissatisfaction with the way the George Taylor House has been administered. Capewell is a volunteer and has worked in various capacities during events at the historic property.
Since purchasing the historic house from Lehigh County in 2009, the borough has attempted to get the historic property to pay for itself. The latest organizational structure, with events at the house being planned by an overall manager and a group of steady volunteers, has been the most successful.
Catasauqua Area School District athletic trainer John Capozzolo’s service and commitment to young athletes extends beyond the confines of Catasauqua.
The school board recognized Capozzolo at their Aug. 8 meeting for saving the life of a 17-year-old teen from Montvale, N.J., when he collapsed during a Feb. 14 DeSales University lacrosse camp.
Capozzolo immediately sprung into action and performed CPR on the teen. He then asked the DeSales University head lacrosse coach to grab an automated external defibrillator (AED) and instructed another athletic trainer to call 911.
Catasauqua Borough Council opened its first meeting in the new municipal building at 90 Bridge St. Aug. 7. Visitors who attended were greeted with comfortable chairs, a spacious seating area, nice lighting and a comfortable environment.
The sound system was still in boxes, waiting for an installer.
At the meeting, Chad Helmer of Taggert Associates presented a proposal for the sale of the Iron Works property adjacent to the municipal building lot.
Borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker explained how the borough carved out a parcel for the municipal building.