Chief Master Sgt. Michael Schmidt retired after 32 years in the U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Squadron.
Schmidt, the son of Walter K. Schmidt of Northampton and the late Joan Braun Schmidt, graduated from Northampton Area High School in 1981.
He has flown HC-130 and E3 AWACS aircraft including 91 combat and combat support missions.
In Alaska, he flew in 111 rescue missions resulting in 116 persons saved and 25 more brought to safety.
Schmidt received 37 awards and decorations during his military career.
Hussett completes basic training
Air Force Reserve Airman Jermaine M. Hussett graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
The Salem United Church of Christ held it annual Mardi Gras Day Feb. 9 at the church. A number of tables were set up offering deals on many items. there were also food, jellies and pastries to purchase.
Lehigh County Director of Emergency Services Thomas H. Nervine today announced his retirement from County service.
Nervine has led Lehigh County's Emergency Management operation since 2005.
"It's been a pleasure to serve Lehigh County's residents as Director of Emergency Services," said Nervine. "I have been fortunate to serve in different capacities with the state and county over the past thirty years and now look forward to new challenges."
Nervine has been director of Lehigh County's Emergency Management Team for eight years.
Catasauqua Area School Board President Penny Hahn does not believe the district should be funding Lehigh Carbon Community College.
The board Feb. 11 voted to approve the LCCC 2013-14 budget, with Hahn voting in opposition.
"I'm going to vote no because I still don't think we should be paying for the college, period," Hahn said. "I'm sorry but we need to concentrate on our K-12, not above.
The district's share of the LCCC $41,860,769 budget is $193,688, which amounts to an increase of $12,174, or 6.7 percent, from last year's budget.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls recently.
Jan. 22, 12:11 p.m.
Charotin firefighters responded to the 1000 block of Third Street for a police assist with lifting. Upon a medical evaluation of the victim, an ambulance was requested and the patient was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Smoke in a dwelling
Jan. 23, 5:06 a.m.
Once again, the subject of refuse hauling dominated a North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
J.P. Mascaro & Sons Director of Sales Sam Augustine and the company's attorney, Albert DeGennaro, confronted the council about its recent decision to award the refuse collection and recycling contract to McAuliffe Hauling & Recycling at the Jan. 22 meeting.
From left, Megan Hilbert of Northampton, Sarah Hilbert Goode of Southe Whitehall and Emilee Engler of Hanover Township have their eyes on one of the Chinese auction prizes at the Vera Bradley Bingo benefitting the Northampton Area Food Band. The fundraiser was held recently at Good Shepherd School Gym, Northampton.
"Some people say to me, 'Where is Catasauqua?'" said Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel, addressing members of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 14.
"I say, 'Well, we're across the bridge from Whitehall and North Catasauqua is across the bridge from Hokendauqua. We are two different communities but it is as if we're one. We work together."
The Catasauqua community also cooperates with its schools. Students from Catasauqua Area School District and local private schools have painted borough fire hydrants, for example.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, hosted an evening of magic Feb. 9.