Catasauqua Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Out with the old

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Getting ready for the new playground

Sheckler Elementary School’s old playground has officially been demolished, making way for a new playground to be installed.

Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman told The Press the new playground is entirely funded through the school’s Home and School Association and the Catasauqua Area School District.

The Home and School Association in the beginning of the academic year began a fundraising campaign to raise money for the new playground.

Vandals on Front St. discussed at meeting

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua business owner Brian Kroope has asked the borough council to investigate vandalism on a property he owns on Front Street.

At the Feb. 6 council meeting, Kroope said he found damage to his 233 Front St. property.

“I went in there and found that the water heater was damaged and the oil burner didn’t work,” he said. “Clim-A-Temp came over and determined that the chimney was packed with slate. We couldn’t figure out how the slate got into the chimney, but I need to get it out of there for everything to function.”

Scholarship contest

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by The Press in Local News

BHCWA

The Bertsch, Hokendauqua, Catasauqua Watershed Association, founded to promote the stewardship, protection, enhancement and restoration of the tributaries to the Lehigh River in the watershed, is sponsoring a scholarship contest.

A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winning entry. The contest is open to college-bound high school seniors within the boundaries of the watershed and the Northampton or Catasauqua area school districts. The requirement is an essay approximately 750 words, to be judged on content, topic development, grammar and spelling.

Commissioner Osborne announces candidacy

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Gathered in a packed room at the Cetronia Fire Company’s social hall – minutes from where he grew up – Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne announced his candidacy to become the Lehigh County’s next executive.

“People want their government to work for them,” Osborne said. “I will bring a disciplined and transparent government with a ‘let’s get it done’ attitude to Lehigh County.”

Marty Nothstein, chair of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Olympic gold medalist, introduced Osborne.

County begins landscapes plan

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at a Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

She said one of the primary, universal concerns was that not enough people in and around the county know about the variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.

Commissioners approve refinancing

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance that will net a savings to the county of $4 million.

The measure, approved at the board’s Feb. 8 meeting, authorizes the refinancing of county general obligation bonds, series 2017.

“This is basically an attempt to save some money by refinancing our bond issues,” Commissioner Percy Dougherty, sponsor of the bill, said.

According to Dougherty, with the refinancing, the county’s payment will drop from roughly a 5-percent interest rate to a 1.2- to 2.25-percent rate.