Ressler promoted, plans retirement
Col. Stephen J. Ressler was promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony May 17.
Ressler will retire after eight more months of service and move to the Bethlehem area.
Ressler graduated from Northampton Area High School in 1975 and went on to graduate fourth in his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1979. He received the Rodney H. Smith Memorial Award for achieving the highest standing in civil engineering.
Timothy Delany of 79 Cambridge Place addressed the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board at a July 9 hearing concerning a zoning violation that was found on his property.
"I've had the chickens for two years and they keep laying about a dozen eggs a week," he said.
The reason for his zoning appeal is that, according to the zoning ordinance, in order to raise chickens in Catasauqua, homeowners are required to have a 10,000-square-foot lot. Delany's lot is 6,633 square feet, about two-thirds of the requirement.
Next July, the St. Andrew Roman Catholic Parish in North Catasauqua will officially be dissolved. In its place members of the St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, also in North Catasauqua, will join them as members of a new St. John Fisher Parish.
While the parish name will change, the exterior and interior of the St. Andrew building on Third Street, where the parish members will worship, will remain as beautiful and breathtaking as ever.
Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
The Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Area residents seek both excercise and relaxation during the summer months.
A group of Catasauqua residents and those with ties to the area will be fighting cancer as they take their bikes on a 540-mile ride next week.
Dennis Kelly and Debbie Gemmel of Catasauqua, Tom Nicklas of Whitehall, and Robert Docherty, of Allentown, and Don Wallace, of Schnecksville, are participating in the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC) which will take them from Portland, Maine to Palmerton. Docherty and Wallace both have ties to Catasauqua.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church rounded up some children for some Bible learning with a Western flair.
Bob Heimbecker is demanding that Hanover Township Councilman William Kovacs Jr. relinquish his seat on council.
"Mr. Kovacs has been invited by me to step down or resign his seat on the Hanover Township, Lehigh County Council. He has not done so," Heimbecker, a Republican, said during the July 17 council meeting, citing Pennsylvania Code Section 33.5-503 Recall. "It is my declared intention in the next 30 days to circulate a legally valid petition to recall."