As springtime brings warmer weather, area residents may turn their attention to cleaning out garages, sheds and other storage areas on their properties.
When discarding stored items, residents must now observe new prohibitions on curbside disposal of hazardous waste and old electronics items.
Items such as cleaners, batteries, electronics and chemicals may not be tossed in with the regular trash. They must be discarded at designated sites.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls recently.
March 4, 11:02 a.m.
Charotin personnel responded for an automatic fire alarm at 534 Third St. A firefighter found burned food in an apartment. Smoke had ventilated naturally and the alarm system was restored.
March 5, 12:13 p.m.
North Catasauqua firefighters responded for a dwelling fire at 452 Race St. A heating contractor had started working on a furnace and discovered a fire inside, notifying the fire department.
Chairman Frank Dreisbach reviewed alternatives for upgrading Hanover Township's parks at the township council's April 3 meeting. Jeffry Mouer, the township's maintenance supervisor, presented a list of improvements and a detailed plan on how to implement the changes.
"Each of the parks has a different primary use," said Mouer. "At Chestnut Grove we get the most use from the basketball court. In Sherwood, it's the tennis courts."
Bonnie Dodge credits her dog with providing her with a quality of life that simply did not exist before meeting Patience.
At first glance, Patience, a Shih Tzu, might appear to be a typical family pet, but the dog's worth and purpose extends far beyond what first impressions convey.
A member of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, Dodge has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Deb Mellish, a candidate for a seat on the Catasauqua Borough Council, says if she is elected, she will strive for a common vision, work through issues, and act ethically and in the best interest of the borough and its residents.
" I'm tired of political polarization," she says. "I believe in finding common ground, not aiming for extremes, and will draw no lines in the sand. Negativity, distrust, using fear to manipulate and control, and beating up on each other is inappropriate, self-defeating, exhausting and divisive and nothing good comes of it."
· Northampton Area High School Theater Company musical "Seussical" – 7 p.m., at the high school, 1619 Laubach Ave. Information: 610-262-7812.
· Whitehall High School theater presentation of "Oliver!" – 7:30 p.m., at the high school, 3800 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-437-5081.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m. Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
The Delaware & Lehigh (D&L) Trail was recognized as Pennsylvania's best trail project by the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund at the organization's 20th anniversary celebration in Harrisburg in March.
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor President/Executive Director Elissa Garofalo accepted the honor.
The North Catasauqua Borough and its Recreation Committee are seeking applicants to fill positions for summer programs at the borough park. Applications are due by May 7.
The summer program offers activities for area children. A morning craft and activity time takes place at the park pavilion and there is also a supervised afternoon whiffle ball game.
The program, held on weekdays during the summer, begins June 17 this year.
The recreation committee is seeking a morning program teacher and assistants and someone to run the whiffle ball program.
Cub Scouts competed at the annual Pinewood Derby.
RIGHT: Carol Williams of Catasauqua holds up Saturday morning's catch of fish as she and her brother, J.B. Williams of Danielsville, fished the banks of the Jordan Creek off Mickley Road in Whitehall. Many area anglers came out Saturday for the opening day of trout season.