Q: What is a stroke?
A: There are two types of strokes; the first type, called an ischemic stroke, occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of the brain due to a blocked blood vessel. The other type, from a ruptured blood vessel, is called hemorrhagic stroke.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Stroke symptoms begin suddenly. You may have one or more of these symptoms: weakness or loss of feeling on one side of your face, arm or leg; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; difficulty talking; slurred speech; or problems understanding others.
Dressed in garments from the era, Neil and Kathleen Coddington, spoke about the civil war Nov. 28 at The Helfrich Spring Grist Mill, in Whitehall.
The Civil War reenactors and historians are members of the 153rd Pennsylvania's Volunteer Infantry. Their talk was hosted by the Whitehall Historic Preservation Society.
"The common foot soldier carried 70 pounds of equipment, including the riffle, pack and boots," said Neil Coddington. "Now the common soldier was about 5 foot 6 [inches] to 5 foot 7 [inches] and weighed 143 pounds, so he carried nearly half of his weight."
· Woman's Club holiday meeting – 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua.
· Suburban North Family YMCA fourth annual Tree of Lights – 7 p.m., 880 Walnut St., North Catasauqua. Information: 610-264-5221.
· Duplicate Bridge, Invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.
It was pasta night at S. Mary's.
In an exclusive Press interview, Catasauqua Borough Council President Brian Bartholomew discussed elements of a plan sketched out to solve the borough's public facility problem. The borough's immediate need, as identified by Bartholomew and most everyone else, is that the borough needs to consolidate scattered firehouses and revamp police headquarters.
Bartholomew opposes the Weston Solutions proposal expected to come up for a vote at Monday's council meeting because of the estimated $7 million price tag.
Girl Scouts had a night of fun at a local roller skating rink.
The Catasauqua Area School Board is pleased with recent savings attached to the refinancing of an old bond.
The school board unanimously approved the refinancing of a 2007 bond during the Dec. 6 board meeting.
Brad Remig, of Public Financial Management, informed members of the school board the district will save nearly $700,000 by refinancing the bond. Specific savings include $555,000 in capital and $140,000 in general fund savings.
Refinancing the bond, which amounts to $7,525,000, resulted from favorable interest rates, Remig indicated.
With a Luminary Night on Saturday, Dec. 15, and a holiday home decorating contest under way, North Catasauqua is inviting residents to demonstrate a sleigh full of holiday spirit this month.
With as much drama as a daytime soap opera, Catasauqua Borough Council has scheduled a vote on Weston Solutions' development proposal for the Front Street property now owned by FL Smidth.
The Dec. 17 meeting is a regularly scheduled year-end meeting, normally reserved for a vote on the annual budget approval.
Mea and Molly Allison whispered their Christmas wish lists into Santa's ears at the St. Mary's Church Holiday Breakfast Nov. 2. Mea's list included a Dream Lites pillow; Molly is hoping for one more missing front tooth, among other things. The sisters are from Northampton. See page 16 for more photos of the event.