This is the first of a two-part series.
Very rarely is Rev. Becky J. Beckwith in an elementary school.
Yet, that is where she found herself on the morning of the shooting in Sandy Hook. The pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ in Fullerton had gone to volunteer for a few hours at the school in Salisbury where her daughter, Jill Williams, works.
There were plenty of winners at St. Mary's Bingo Jan. 13.
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler recently met with the CEO of the Medical Academy Charter School (MCAS) Joanna Hughes regarding the district's expectations for the charter school to fulfill certain stipulations.
Spengler reported the results of the meeting to the school board at its Jan. 14 meeting.
The Catasauqua school board approved the medical academy's charter before its opening last year. Now, the academy must prove it has met the requirements outlined in the district's approval.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
The Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
· Woman's Club of Catasauqua meeting – noon, Old Country Buffet, 1245 Whitehall Ave Whitehall.
· East Allen Township spring sports sign-ups – 6-7:30 p.m., East Allen Township Municipal Building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd. Information: Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961 or 484-239-2090.
· Civil War Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m., Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. Open to the public. Information: Dick Stewart at 610-261-4331.
The St. Andrews Episcopal Church cookie sale was good to the last crumb.
North Catasauqua residents are receiving their annual garbage bills this week despite the fact that a contract for refuse pickup has not yet been approved by the borough council.
While the decision on a new contract has been delayed, JP Mascaro & Sons, the borough's 2012 hauler, is continuing to handle curbside pickup of refuse.
At the Jan. 8 borough council meeting, borough Secretary Nancy Knecht reported advertisements for new garbage contract bids had been placed in Jan. 5 and Jan. 8 publications, with a due date of Jan. 22 for bids.
North Catasauqua's Borough Council President Joe Keglovits came to the council's first meeting of the new year Jan. 8 with a list of goals he would like to see accomplished in 2013.
His aims include a determination to increase the police department to what he termed "full staff." The borough's Civil Service Commission is currently in the process of qualifying a list of candidates for an opening on the police department staff.
The Keenagers senior group of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua was presented with an overview of the Allentown Rescue Mission's purpose during last Thursday's luncheon meeting.
Newly appointed Allentown Rescue Mission Chief Executive Officer Chris Aylward shared with the group how the shelter serves homeless men in the Lehigh Valley. The shelter, he noted, uses biblical principals and teaching to assist and positively impact its clients.
"It's not just about taking someone in and giving them a bed," Aylward told the group. "It's also giving them care and compassion."
Concerns about the former Sheftel building at 1151 Front St. in North Catasauqua continue. The abandoned manufacturing facility, taken over by a bank and now under new property management, is in danger of causing flooding in the area if the water pipes freeze during the cold-weather months.