Paul Albert considers himself a lucky man, blessed with a second chance at life.
The North Catasauqua resident, who has suffered from cystic fibrosis his entire life, was placed on the double lung transplant list back in 1993 due to his lungs failing.
CF is a life-threatening disease passed down through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and adults.
Although the North Catasauqua Borough Council voted to approve the purchase of a new fire truck last month, it was not the last time the $610,000 expenditure would be debated by council members.
A challenge was made at last Tuesday's council meeting to the purchase following Councilman Shawn McGinley's announcement that the fire truck contract had been signed. McGinley is also president of the borough fire department's Charotin Hose Company.
The challenge was led by Councilman John Yanek, not present at the August meeting for the 4-2 approval vote, who read from a statement.
The safety of school district students was of paramount concern for a handful of parents during the Catasauqua Area School Board's Sept. 10 meeting. The parents questioned board members on three bus stops they claim are dangerous due to speeding motorists, overcrowding and the distance their children have to walk from their homes to the individual bus stops.
The bus stops in question are 12th and Bath, Front and Chapel and Third and Cypress streets.
The new Hanover Township Municipal Building seems to rise from the rubble of the old building during last week's demolition project to make way for a new parking lot. The new facility, on the same lot as the old one, is now in use by borough staff and officials.
Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
The Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge 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.
Mr. Dennis Nemes was welcomed this year as the new Central Catholic High School principal.
Mr. Nemes takes over after spending 30 years as the principal of Northwestern Lehigh High School. He comes to Central with a great amount of enthusiasm and excitement for this upcoming school year.
Area student conducts research
Kara Eichelberger, of Whitehall, spent the summer studying vitellogenesis in fruit flies at Susquehanna University.
Eichelberger's research involves understanding the yolk deposition process in the genus Drosophila, more commonly known as fruit flies. She is working with Dave Richard, professor of biology.
Eichelberger, a senior biology major, is a 2009 graduate of Whitehall High School and is the daughter of Paul and Kristine Eichelberger.
MCCANN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
A number of Catasauqua residents entered items for judging during the Great Allentown Fair. A few of them are shown here.
The Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets at 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
In a Press article (Sept. 6, page 1)about the Aug. 27 Catasauqua council workshop session, it was stated incorrectly that bands are performing at Fossils Last Stand, a Race Street tavern. In fact, in compliance with a Liquor Control Board directive, Fossils discontinued hosting live band performances as of Jan. 1.
Fossils ownership was not represented at the meeting. According to Fossils owner Jackie Harford, the council's discussion of the noise problem was initiated because the tavern's attorney had petitioned the borough to consider taking over supervision of noise complaints.