After police and fire reports claimed vagrants were camping along Catasauqua's portion of the Lehigh River, Catasauqua Borough Council members Eugene Schlegel, Alfred Regits and Mitzi Smith ventured into the campgrounds to check out the situation.
Over the canal, across the railroad tracks, on well-worn trails with stashes of litter scattered about, visitors are brought to a split of land where Catasauqua Creek meets the Lehigh River, across from a shuttered candy factory and where Steven Csanadi Jr. pitches his late-model mountain tent.
For the second time, North Catasauqua Borough Council members have voted to toss out bids for a five-year garbage contract and re-advertise for new bids.
Council President Joe Keglovits had his work cut out for him maintaining order while lawyers for two refuse haulers presented opposing arguments at the Feb. 27 meeting. The lawyers each hoped to secure the contract as bid two weeks ago.
Emmaus resident Nathan Brown, 35, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the Board of Lehigh County Commissioners in District 5.
The communities making up District 5 include Allentown, Coopersburg, Macungie, Emmaus, Upper Saucon, Upper and Lower Milford and Salisbury townships.
Brown and his wife Liz have been married for 12 years and have two daughters, Hailee and Bethany.
Brown works full time as a life safety equipment installer and project manager for government entities, commercial and industrial buildings.
Members of the North Catasauqua and Catasauqua communities heard a lecture Feb. 21 entitled "The ABCs of Heart Valve Disease" by Sanjay Mehta, M.D., of the Lehigh Valley Heart and Lung Surgeons, at the Suburban North Family YMCA.
Mehta said surgery on heart valves occurs for one of two reasons. First, the valves wear out, become stiff and scar and, two, valves may leak, commonly called "regurgitation."
"Either too tight or too loose and you got a problem," he told the audience.
Bigfoot has invaded Whitehall. And there's not just one, but rather hundreds.
In this case, a "bigfoot" is a rubber base that holds an orange and white striped road construction marker. These objects line MacArthur Road in the area of the municipal building and the intersection of Route 22 and MacArthur.
"During the holidays, we thought it was traffic lights that were holding up southbound traffic," said Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., addressing the members of the Whitehall Township Crime Watch Feb. 25. He gave an updated version of his state of the township address.
· Story time – 6:15-7:15 p.m. at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Free. Information: 610-262-7351.
· AARP Chapter 3115 meeting – noon, American Club, 300 Cherry St., Coplay. New members are welcome. Information: 610-395-2820.
· Explorer Post 101 – Coplay municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St. Information: Jake at 610-465-2598.
Blue and gold decorations filled the fellowship hall at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catasauqua as Cub Scout Pack 94 hosted the annual Blue and Gold Achievement and Awards Banquet Feb. 16.
The annual banquet is a birthday dinner for the Cub Scouting program and is held to commemorate the anniversary month of the Boy Scouts of America organized in February 1910. The Cub Scouts were organized 20 years later.
The banquet is one of the highlights of the Scouting year. It is a family affair that brings together all of the Cub Scout dens that make up Pack 94.
Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott, a Republican, announced his candidacy for Lehigh County executive recently in front of a room full of supporters at the Hamilton Family Restaurant, Allentown.
This is the second time Ott is seeking this office.
In 2009, he lost his rookie bid for Lehigh County executive against incumbent Don Cunningham by 862 votes out of 41,000 cast. Ott ran for county commissioner at that time citing the county's overspending and the 16-percent tax hike as motivation.
Catasauqua Borough Planning and Zoning Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Authority meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Area School Board meets at 7 p.m. in the administration office board room at 251 N. 14th Street.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) residents must now adhere to a plan for electronics recycling, put in place by the township council.
To be in compliance with the state's new electronics recycling law, residents and businesses in the township may no longer leave any kind of electronics items at the curb for pick up.
Residents are required to take these items to GER Solutions, 795 Roble Road, Allentown, instead.
At the township council's Feb. 20 meeting, Jeffry Mouer, the township maintenance supervisor, explained the plan to council members.