Catasauqua Area School Board members Dawn Berrigan and Christian Naegel reinforced to the school board they want more transparency when it comes to the approval of course outlines and planned courses of study.
Both members voted against approving the planned course of study for the Catasauqua High School course entitled "The Russian World" for grades 11 and 12.
Berrigan asked if additional material, other than the course outline, was available to review for the course.
"It's just too open-ended for me for my comfort level," Berrigan said.
A pictorial look back at some of the top local news stories of 2012 for Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
Although Catasauqua's year end meeting is annually scheduled to approve the budget, the decision on how the borough would proceed on developing the FL Smidth property along Front Street overshadowed budget considerations.
In addition to approving a plan to develop the property on Front Street, the council also had a vote on the 2013 budget on the agenda.
Annette Englert, right, waits on a customer at the baked goods table at the Homemade Holiday sale, held for the second year at the home of John and Rose Marhefka. The sale, in its second year, doubled the profits of the first year, according to organizer Bill Nothstein. Craft sales totaled $8,500 and and baked goods brought in $3,500, he said. The proceeds benefit the local charity, Mrs. Nothstein's Helping Hands.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners tabled a bill that would have given $1.06 million to local park improvement projects at its Dec. 12 meeting. The Green Futures Fund Program, which was approved by voters in a non-binding referendum in 2002, would have given $324,693 to Allentown for the Martin Luther King Trail, $238,000 to Lower Macungie and $231,888 to Upper Saucon Township for the Saucon Rail Trail.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls recently.
Oct. 31, 9:27 a.m.
North Catasauqua firefighters responded to the 800 block Chapel Street for a smoke investigation. The caller had reported heavy smoke and was unsure where it is coming from. Upon arrival, the smoke was found to be coming from a property behind 815 Chapel St.
Hanover Township Council met Nov. 21 to take care of some agenda items that had been delayed because of the previous week's marathon public hearing over expanding the truck terminal owned by A. Duie Pyle. Solicitor Jackson Eaton introduced changes to an ordinance that will allow the township to increase its discretionary projects limit to $18,500.
The township can now solicit bids on these lesser projects without a costly formal bid process.
On an iconic date Dec. 12 (12/12/12), Hanover Township dedicated its impressive new municipal building.
The project was completed about six months later than originally estimated.
It was also over budget, but its design sets a new standard for efficient building in the Lehigh Valley.
"I told everyone to be patient during the process," said Council Chairman Bruce Paulus in his dedication remarks. "There were obstacles that we did not envision. Good things take time."
Enjoying refreshments after the outdoor tree lighting at the YMCA last Thursday is Tyra Brown, center, of North Catasauqua, and her cousins Eva, left, and Mia Gomez of Catasauqua. They are all grandchildren of the late Tess Gerhard, who was honored with a light on the YMCA's Tree of Lights. Tess was involved with the YMCA for 22 years. See page 2 for more photos of the event.
Suburban North YMCA celebrated the holiday season with a Tree of Lights event.