Have you bought your cookies yet?
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler told members of the Catasauqua School Board last week that it's still too early to discuss with any certainty the upcoming 2013-14 budget.
"There are more variables than there has ever been," he said at the Feb. 5 meeting. "It's about guesswork. I can't even guess on a lot of these variables."
In response to an outcry from residents at hearings late last year, the Hanover Township Council called for the township solicitor to draft an ordinance regarding noise control.
At its Jan. 16 meeting, Solicitor Jackson Eaton outlined proposed changes to the municipal code intended to strengthen the township's ability to deal with noise.
The new regulations will do three things. They will define how sound barriers are constructed, outline requirements for sound containment and set a maximum allowable decibel reading for noise levels.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls recently.
Jan. 16, 10:41 a.m.
Charotin personnel stood by in fire station for an automatic fire alarm at Silver Manor, 2 Front St, Catasauqua, with the Catasauqua Fire Department while Catasauqua assistant fire chief investigated the alarm. No apparent cause for the alarm was found, so an alarm system malfunction is suspected.
Jan. 16, 9:08 p.m.
The Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets at 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
A Catasauqua resident concerned about the condition of his neighbor's property and frustrated with what he perceives as a lack of action on the borough's part attended last week's Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
Robert Recker took to the podium at the Feb. 4 meeting to spur members into taking action on required repairs at a residence at 503 Poplar St.
"There has been a tarp on the roof for years," Recker told the council members. "I live next door and I worry about mold and water infiltration." Recker's residence is a twin home, connected to the home in question.
Her T-shirt doesn't lie.
When Sue Sacks of Coplay opened a Christmas gift from her husband Mike, she laughed when she saw the two adorable squirrels above the words, "Squirrel Whisperer."
But in her heart she knew the shirt spoke the truth.
She attracts squirrels the way a big bowl of nuts would draw them.
"I am nutty," she jokes, adding that her home displays an unusual greeting to visitors: "Welcome to the nut house."
The Catasauqua American Legion provided the perfect event Saturday for area couple wanting to celebrate their love.
Ritter receives scholarship
Joshua M. Ritter of Catasauqua recently was awarded the Ralphine and Gary Gentzler Scholarship.
Ritter, a student at Shippensburg University majoring in mid-level science and math education, is the son of Michael and Stephanie Ritter of Catasauqua.
He is a 2012 graduate of Catasauqua High School.
Adam Travis Bierman of Catasauqua graduated Dec. 16 with a bachelor of science degree in biology from Millersville University.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. It is open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. 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, Moore Township. Information: 610-261-2210.
· Zumba classes – 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Faith Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall. Information: Tara at 610-440-2344.