Last year's Coplay Community Days got caught in the rain as Hurricane Irene moved through the region. The weather was perfect for this year's event, however.
This year's Community Days is believed to be one of the most successful events of the program's 31-year existence.
The principal goal of the event is to provide the community a place to enjoy the end of summer before fall sets in. The event also acts as a fundraiser for the community organizations participating.
LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE
Whiffen receives degree
Maura E. Whiffen of Catasauqua received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Lebanon Valley College during the college's commencement ceremonies held May 12 on the college campus in Annville.
Among more than 430 to receive degrees from Lebanon Valley College, she is a graduate of Catasauqua High School.
LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE
Local residents enroll
Meghan E. Shafer of Bath and Alexis J. Russo of Catasauqua are enrolled at Lebanon Valley College.
The Northampton Borough municipal office will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day.
Assumption BVM Church will hold its annual picnic Sunday, Sept. 9, at Egypt Memorial Park.
The event begins with a Mass in the pavilion at 11 a.m.
Entertainment by the Emil Schanta Band begins at 3 p.m.
Games, food and plenty of other activities will continue until 7 p.m.
The St. John's Friendly Fifties group will hold its 21st anniversary meeting Monday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m., in the church's social hall, 1343 Newport Ave.
Daniel McNeill, former Whitehall Township executive with a strong union background, wasted no time getting his campaign for state representative for the 133rd District started. The state Democratic Committee on Monday tapped the 65-year-old Hokendauqua resident as the party's candidate.
"This isn't an 'I, I, I' position," McNeill said in his remarks to committee members. "This is a 'we' position and I believe we have to approach this as a team."
The Catasauqua School Board approved and reapproved a number of positions during the board's Aug. 13 meeting.
They include, 13 noncertified instructional aides at a stipend of $102.50 per day and one certified instructional aide at a rate of $145 per day.
Shannon Van-Spanje was also approved to serve as a part-time Catasauqua Middle School guidance counselor at 40 percent and Katrina Bullock as a long-term earth science teacher at Catasauqua High School.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company has responded to the following calls recently.
Aug. 2, 2:34 a.m.
Charotin firefighters responded to St. Lawrence Church at 1001 Second St. for an automatic fire alarm in the early morning hours. Personnel on location found a malfunction in the alarm, most likely due to a low battery. Firefighters cleared the scene within 10 minutes.
Aug. 2, 10:50 a.m.
Catasauqua Area School Board Vice President Carol Cunningham defended school district Director of Curriculum and Assessment Christina Lutz-Doemling and the teachers and staff who construct and design the curriculum and recommend textbooks at the Aug. 13 board meeting.
During the meeting, board members Christina Naegel and Sally Reiss voted against the Catasauqua High School advanced placement honors-level planned course of study for world history, as well as the AP world history textbook.
The course of study and the textbook was approved by the board by a vote of 4-2.
Taking a short break from swimming lessons at the Coplay Parkway Pool are from left, Nicholas Disante and twin brother Michael Disante, Mackenzie Matejik, Kayden Recker and C.J. Smith. The swim lessons are offered by the Catasauqua YMCA. The instructors are Paige Kogelman and Kristen Rockovitz.
Hanover Township Council unanimously approved a five-year capital program for 2013-17 during its Aug. 15 meeting. Major projects contemplated in the program include repairing two deteriorating culverts under Postal Road, maintaining the streets improvement fund at $1 million and contributing $200,000 for improvements to the Allentown water systems that serve a portion of the township.
Mark your calendar now for the Charotin Hose Company Bingo Extravaganza. Enjoy a homemade dinner and 15 games of cash bingo on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Slovak Center in North Catasauqua. For tickets and information, email email@example.com or call Susan at 610-554-4308.