Local residents receive degrees
Dolores Benninger, Jamie Horvath and Melinda Jacobson, all of Northampton, received a master of science in education.
Ryan Sharkazy of Whitehall also received a master of science in education.
Local residents on dean's list
The following students were named to the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester at Kutztown University.
Interim North Catasauqua Fire Chief Shawn McGinley is moving forward. A contentious borough council meeting and executive session in January, at which the fire department's nomination of McGinley as the new fire chief was rejected by a split council vote had led to passionately hot words spoken and many of the department's firefighters threatening to quit.
Instead, McGinley was appointed interim fire chief, with Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt saying that poor communication and disrespectful words spoken were the reason she was not prepared to approve McGinley as permanent chief.
Resident completes basic training
Air National Guard Airman Jesse M. Crossley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Two seasoned teachers and the current Catasauqua High School band director will be stepping down.
At the Catasauqua Area School District March 10 board meeting, the board approved the retirements of William H. Bond, technology education teacher; Robert J. Bydlon, secondary biology teacher at CHS; and a letter resignation from James J. D'Annibale, CHS marching and pep band director.
Bond has served 16 years in the district and Bydlon 35 years. Their effective date of retirement is June 13.
When the members of the cast of the Catasauqua High School production of "Big River" had taken their last bows following the fourth and final performance on the afternoon of March 9, heartfelt applause had not yet come to an end.
Most of the students on stage and many of those in the audience had a secret plan.
Cast members called director Robert Fahringer and musical director Richard Milne to the stage to thank them, as is the custom following a final performance.
But there was more.
Hanover Township residents may use parking lots around township parks during a snow emergency.
Hanover Township Council made the revision to its snow emergency procedures at its March 5 meeting.
The purpose of the change is to remove cars from the streets so plows can get through.
"We also gave the township manager more latitude in dealing with violations," Chairman Bruce Paulus said.
Changes to the ordinance will be voted on at the supervisors next meeting.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls in January.
Water flow alarm
Jan. 11, 3:07 p.m.
North Catasauqua and Catasauqua firefighters were dispatched to a water flow alarm at the Sheftel & Sons building at 1151 Front St., North Catasauqua, after a firefighter driving by the structure heard the alarm sounding. He immediately had units dispatched to the scene. Upon gaining entry to the building, firefighters found a section of the building was flooded. The stand pipe had separated, causing water to pour into the building.
Do you think you could spell the word "presumptuous" correctly, in front of a gymnasium filled with students, teachers and parents?
Catasauqua Middle School student Kaitlyn Hoagland did just that in January, finishing first, and qualifying her for the preliminary spelling bee written exam round Feb. 27 at Northampton Community College.
The 25 words and five vocabulary words Kaitlyn had to answer correctly among a group of her peers of 85 during the preliminary round did not disrupt Kaitlyn's ability to recall the correct spelling and meaning of words.
Catasauqua and North Catasauqua will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Old Home Week during the Fourth of July holiday week with family-centered activities to welcome former and present residents and friends of the borough.
In 1914, the first Old Home Week marked the 75th anniversary of the Crane Iron Works.
The hot blast technology used in Crane's iron furnace catapulted the community and the surrounding area to the forefront of the new iron industry signaling the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Student named to dean's list
Northampton resident Cody Danner was named to the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester. A student must attain a grade point average of 3.40 while being enrolled full time to be eligible for the dean's list.
Residents named to dean's list
The following area students have been named to the Kings College dean's list for the fall 2013 semester. Jacob Rockovits of Catasauqua, Danielle Tristani of Northampton and Kaitlyn Globosits, Jessica Kemmerer and Abigail Mayernik, all of Whitehall.