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County tables charter decision

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners tabled a bill that would extend the charter of the Lehigh County Authority at its Feb. 27 meeting.

The LCA's charter, which currently expires in 36 years, needs to be extended an additional 14 years in order for the authority to bid on the proposed 50-year lease for Allentown's water.

LCA's General Manager Aurel Arndt addressed concerns brought forward by the commissioners and Lehigh County citizens over what leasing Allentown's water would mean for rate increases.

Paintings fill area home

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Local News

Residence doesn't have enough walls to hang all of artist's work

Last summer, Rita and Rocky Petzuk found an antique trunk at a flea market in Saylorsburg.

They bought it for $75 and brought it home to Coplay. Now it's filled with paintings.

What might seem like a rather unusual use for a trunk works well for the Petzuks who simply cannot display all of Rocky's paintings at one time.

"I change the paintings upstairs every season because there's so many I like," Rita said.

"That's nice because you can't hang them all up," said Rocky.

Council hears about squatters

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Campsites to be removed from riverbank

At Catasauqua Council's meeting on March 4, council voted unanimously to evict people who are camping along the Lehigh River.

At the end of February, Councilmen Eugene Schlegel and Alfred Regits along with Councilwoman Mitzi Smith took a trip to the campsites to get a first hand look at the situation.

The investigation was prompted by a fire that started in a makeshift fireplace at one of the campsites. The fire department had a tough time responding to the blaze because the location is difficult to access.

Father asks board to change son's grade

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The father of a Catasauqua High School student asked the Catasauqua Area School Board to return points deducted on a recent American history exam his son had taken.

Catasauqua resident Vincent Smith made the request at the March 5 school board meeting.

Smith said the teacher had deducted the points from his son's test because he had arrived late to the class.

"The punishment isn't consistent," Smith told the board. "The penalty is not consistent and level."

After 12 years, IRT section to be completed

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Local News

Saturday morning, a bunch of Ironton Rail-Trail volunteers were in a celebratory mood.

It wasn't just the warm, sunny weather or the big box of doughnuts – though both of those were definite plusses – but rather the chance to actually begin work on a project 12 years in the making.

The group of men and one woman were clearing brush from a section of the trail which, when finished, will run from the trailhead at Portland and Quarry streets in North Whitehall west past Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays to the North Whitehall Township building on Levans Road.

Volunteers sought to help maintain Ironton Rail-Trail

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Residents who enjoy being outdoors and want to contribute to the community may want to consider helping out during an Ironton Rail-Trail workday.

Once a month, community volunteers work on a number of projects along the various parts of the trail, which runs through Whitehall, Coplay and North Whitehall, said IRT Commission Secretary Ray Bieak.

IRT volunteers "clean up accumulated debris from fallen trees and winter storms and repair what is broken," said Bieak.

Rap of the gavel

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by The Press in Local News



The Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.


Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

Hanover Township Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.


Catasauqua Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

Charotin Hose Company Fire Calls

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by The Press in Local News

The Charotin Hose Company of North Catasauqua responded to the following calls recently.

Appliance fire

Jan. 31, 4:08 p.m.

North Catasauqua firefighters responded with the Northampton Fire Department for a reported dwelling fire in the 500 block of Banks Street, Northampton. The caller had reported an appliance on fire.

An assistant fire chief arrived on location and reported the fire to be out. The residence required ventilation with a fan to remove smoke.

EMS assist

Jan. 31, 9:42 a.m.