"I knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time," Annette Englert told The Press.
She wa talking about the recent Diocese of Allentown's announcement that it will consolidate St. Andrew and St. Lawrence Roman Catholic churches. Both are located in North Catasauqua.
Like so many churches across the nation, the St. Andrew and St. Lawrence parishes have not escaped the difficulties of dwindling numbers of worshipers, unable to sustain large church operational budgets.
Northampton Generating Company, LP will pay a $119,354 fine as part of a consent assessment of civil penalty, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced recently.
The agreement resolves air emissions violations from late 2009 through the first half of 2012.
"The company is now in compliance," DEP Northeast Regional Director Mike Bedrin said. "We set a high but fair bar for environmental compliance, which is how Pennsylvania has achieved significant improvements in air quality across the state in recent years."
Some came to learn how they could help. Others arrived with open ears ready to take in as much knowledge as they could.
For these reasons and more, the community came out to Springhouse Middle School recently for the "Emergency – Be Prepared" seminar and expo hosted by state Rep. Julie Harhart, R-183rd.
"The better prepared we are for a disaster, the better the outcome is going to be for all of us," John Kyte of the American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley said as part of a series of brief presentations during the program.
Local students graduate
Northampton Community College held its commencement May 23. Area students receiving degrees include:
Catasauqua: Kelly Ann Barina, associate in applied science; David Cudlic, associate in applied science, Courtney Godowski, specialized diploma; Tiffany LaGasse, associate in applied science; Sandra Paulus, specialized diploma; Stephanie Rivera, specialized diploma; and Marlon Rodas, associate in applied science.
With every terrorist attack, Kamran Siddiqui cringes.
It's not just that he doesn't condone the attacks, but also that typical media coverage of such events makes it more difficult to be Muslim in America.
"Judge us based on the religious scripture and what it teaches rather than the acts of a few," said Siddiqui, secretary of the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley at 1988 Schadt Ave. in Whitehall.
In town and out of town, Catasauqua residents and other area residents were caught in action by The Press.
Catasauqua Borough Planning and Zoning Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Authority meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Area School Board meets at 7 p.m. in the administration office board room at 251 N. 14th Street.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
In the 400 block of Front Street, a large Dumpster is being filled with the contents of the old Mansion House restaurant and rooms on the upper floors. It is the fourth container to be filled, so far.
According to Dan Russoli, one of the building owners, he and his partner, David Harth, plan to strip the interior back to the original walls and restore some of the historic design of the building.
Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley Director of Development Tom Moore told members of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua's Keenagers group recently the organization serves a vital purpose in the Lehigh Valley.
Moore said the organization is founded on similar precepts of the church and is committed to building basic homes for individuals in need.
He noted the organization built its 100th home in the Lehigh Valley this year and it is currently working on a home rehabilitation project in the Slatington area.
It's slow but it's stylish.
That's how Zachary Brem of Northampton describes his favorite set of wheels – a turquoise 1962 Volkswagen bug.
"It's my dream car," said Brem, who drove it to an event at the American Club of Coplay pavilion April 14.
"I feel like a rock star when I'm driving it," he said, explaining that the car frequently is photographed by others who see it.
The only thing he updated on the vintage bug is the tires because the original ones were dry rotted, he said. Everything else is original, even the paint.