Catasauqua School Board member Donald J. Panto, II, is seeking re-election to the board.
"I have been married for 27 years to Pamela (Cauley) Panto and have three children, Kathryn 22, Zachary 19, and Bradley 12. These are my life's treasure," he says. "Pam and I have enjoyed the warm community friendships we have developed over our 26 years living in Catasauqua/ North Catasauqua."
"Our community has been a great place to raise a family. One of the more prominent values of Catasauqua is our school system which I believe is second to none."
North Catasauqua resident Bill Nothstein has thrown his hat in the primary election ring, vying for a seat on the borough council.
"I enjoy living in our community and hold deep respect for the many residents who volunteer their time to make North Catasauqua a beautiful and safe community," he says. "I've decided to run for borough council to give back to a community who has given my family so much."
Nothstein has resided in North Catasauqua since 1978.
"My wife Deb, who passed away in 2010, was a lifelong resident of North Catasauqua," he says.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Lehigh County Commissioners meet at 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Peter Paone recently announced his candidacy for a position on the North Catasauqua Borough Council.
A resident of the borough since 2004, Paone is a licensed professional engineer with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University.
A former employee of FL Smidth for 10 years, he is the chief operating officer of Bridge Gap Engineering, LLC, located in the Lehigh Valley.
At its April 10 meeting, the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners held the second reading of a bill that would ask voters if they would like to give final approval before the county incurs certain types of debt.
If the bill passes, Lehigh County voters will be asked in November if they would like to make the final decision before the county issues debt to support private sector activities, such as building a pro football stadium.
Currently the commissioners can ask for voter advisory before the county incurs debt, but it is not required.
Craig Weidaw of 267 Poplar St., Catasauqua, took the microphone at the Catasauqua Borough Council meeting on April 1 to discuss a garage erected by one of his neighbors in the 300 block of Poplar Drive.
"The garage is too big and covers more than 60 percent of the property," said Weidaw.
According to borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, the plans submitted by the homeowner complied with all the zoning rules, including property setbacks and lot coverage.
"We don't know for sure that all the requirements are met until we measure the completed building," said Goldfeder.
The Frederick J. Jaindl Scholarship will be given to a student enrolled in agriculture in a two- or four-year institution of higher learning. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded on Aug. 28 at the Ag Awards program in the Agri-Plex building during the 2013 Great Allentown Fair.
To apply for the scholarship, the student must have exhibited a competitive entry at the Allentown Fair for at least one year and send an application to the Allentown Fair office before Aug. 12.
The Catasauqua Showcase Theatre presents the Broadway musical "Annie" Friday, Saturday and Sunday, both this weekend and next weekend.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder released a list of fees for using the municipal pool at the April 1 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting. One of the added features is a special rate for swimming after 4 p.m. The idea of setting the evening swim rate was discussed during the borough's budget meeting in the fall. It is designed to attract more adults to the pool.
The fees are: $50 for a resident season family pass or $6 a day for an adult resident. The fee for residents swimming after 4 p.m. is $3. Nonresidents pay $5 and children get in for $2.
North Catasauqua Borough Council Vice President Shawn McGinley is seeking voters' support for re-election in the May 21 primary.
"I have been active in the borough of North Catasauqua for close to 20 years," he says. "I have served as a council member for the past 14 years, and hold the office of vice president."
He is also a volunteer with the North Catasauqua Fire Department, currently holding the position of assistant chief and president of the Charotin Hose Company.