Area children enjoy a sunny day recently at Northampton's Canal Park. From left are Jonathan Barber of North Catasauqua, Samantha and Charles Holecz of Northampton, Dante Thompson of Cementon and Anthony Barber of North Catasauqua.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls recently.
May 24, 4:53 p.m.
The North Catasauqua Fire Department was dispatched for a fire standby at the borough station to cover any calls for the Catasauqua Fire Department, as it was operating on a mutual aid fire with the Han-Le-Co Fire Department in Hanover Township.
May 27, 10:23 p.m.
Warren Glose wants the Borough of Catasauqua to help him repair damage to his house that occurred when the neighboring attached home collapsed July 28. Glose came before the Catasauqua Borough Council to appeal the borough's assistance.
Glose and his wife, Elsie, own 320 Church St,, the other half of the twin home that survived the building collapse last week.
"We found temporary housing in Slatington," he said. "The insurance company is paying for that."
The Gloses do not want to stay there any longer than absolutely necessary, however.
When the Catasauqua Borough Council identified the borough streets in need of repair at the July executive workshop, projected costs for the repairs exceeded the budget allocation by $24,000. During last week's deliberations, some streets were removed from the program to bring the costs in line with the budgeted amount.
However, at the Aug. 5 council meeting, Councilman Eugene Schlegel made a motion to repave all the streets identified by the public works department and to pay the extra charges out of the borough's reserve fund.
When Catasauqua high school and middle school students return to classes Aug. 26, they will notice a shift in the academic grade scale.
The Catasauqua School Board voted Aug. 6 to alter the grading scale for these students.
The new scale creates parity with other area school districts.
Beginning Aug. 26, an A is 90-100, B 80-89, C 70-79, D 60-69 and an F is 59 and below.
The previous scale ranked an A 100-93, B 92-85, C 84-77, D 76-70 and an F 69 to 50.
School board President Penny Hahn expressed concern with the new scale.
Klinger graduates from basic training
Air Force Airman Joshua S. Klinger graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Klinger 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.
· Catasauqua Area Lions meeting – 7 p.m., Jednota Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua.
· 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.
· Bingo – Doors open 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m., Petersville Rod and Gun Club, 550 Club Road, Moore Township. Information: 610-261-2210.
· Current events informal discussion group – 2-3:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700.
A walk to remember Army Spc. Jesse Reed grew by leaps and bounds this year.
Reed, who enlisted in 2008, was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan July 14, 2010. His childhood best friend, Adam Keys, also of Whitehall, survived but lost several limbs.
"It was a miracle that Adam survived," said Dolores Reed, Jesse's mother.
In 2011, Whitehall Township honored Reed by renaming Seventh Street Jesse Reed Way.
Selected health centers across the country received grant money totaling $150 million July 10 to help the uninsured enroll in health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.
All grant recipients received a minimum of $59,000.
Funds were to be released immediately, said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, in a conference call July 10 with members of the news media.