Candidates were asked to answer this question: What is the most pressing issue in this election and how do you plan to address it?
Pennsylvania must change the way we pay for schools.
Property taxes devastate our communities, remove people on fixed income from their homes and kill small family farms. School taxes continue to rise even when people are vulnerable in economically stressful times.
Harrisburg promises "relief" and "reform" without a substance, but the changes are swamped by adjustments and new increases.
The Lehigh County Commissioners passed an amended version of the county executive's budget at their meeting Oct. 24.
The amendment directed the county executive to reduce county spending on personnel by $5 million, and turned a $6.5 million one-time tax credit into a reduction of the millage rate by a percentage that would decrease county revenue by $5 million.
The remaining $1.5 million will remain as a tax credit.
In the library of Catasauqua Middle School on a Thursday evening, a small yet dedicated group of parents assembles with CMS Principal Melissa Inselmann to discuss the school's focus on providing a fun and educational atmosphere for middle school students.
These parents comprise the Parent Teacher Forum.
The PTF is a nonprofit parent/teacher assemblage of parents, teachers and the principal.
Getting an early start as future firefighters at the Northampton Fire Department open house in October, in celebration of Fire Prevention Week Month are, from left, brothers Andrew Strohl, 4, and Alexander Strohl, 3, of Catasauqua; and Mason Dobish,2, of Northampton. The boys enjoyed directing a spray of water from a fire hose at a mock-up of a building, with an assist of two borough volunteer firefighters.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company recently responded to the following calls.
Sept. 28, noon
North Catasauqua firefighters responded to the 500 block of Third Street with the Catasauqua Fire Department for an automatic fire alarm.
Carbon monoxide alarm
Oct. 1, 12:35 a.m.
Catasauqua Borough Council will hold a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
The U.S. representative from the 15th Congressional District, Charlie Dent, is facing challenger Rick Daugherty in the Nov. 6 election.
Dent was unopposed in his primary, while Daugherty defeated Jackson Eaton 59 percent to 41 percent.
Daugherty, who grew up in West Bethlehem, and attended school in the Catasauqua Area School District before receiving a bachelor's degree in social work from Moravian College, is a longtime party activist.
He was asked why he is running for office.
We Sing Community Chorus presented a fall concert Oct. 21.
Debbie Edelman, a resident of North Catasauqua, requested the school district move the Front and Chapel streets bus stop to where it was previously located, at Second and Chapel streets.
She spoke to school board members about the issue during the Oct. 9 Catasauqua Area School Board meeting.
Edelman's concern involves the safety of her daughter, who attends Sheckler Elementary School, crossing the street. She said the intersection where the current bus stop is located is dangerous.
Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre volunteers baked and sold more than 600 apple dumpling in a recent fundraiser. Auditons for the spring production of "Annie" are on tap next for the local theatre group.