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IRT caboose still undergoing upgrades

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Ironton Rail-Trail Oversight Commission reported at its recent meeting IRT restored the caboose, now located in West Coplay, Whitehall Township, continues to undergo upgrades.

Arrangements are being made by the commission for the transport of boxcar wheels from the Whitehall Parkway to the Biery Yard, in the back of the historical sign compound fence. This will be the second set for placement near the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor sign at the Saylor Cement kilns in Coplay.

NASA scientist tells of work behind Mars rover

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

NASA scientist Jennifer Stern, Ph.D., brought the story of the mission of the latest Mars robotic probe, Curiosity, to an enthusiastic audience at Alumnae Hall on the Cedar Crest College campus Nov. 15.

She detailed the development of the "Mini-Cooper-sized" craft and its 354 million mile journey from earth to a small landing site on the red planet. She enthusiastically reported the project is exceeding all expectations as it searches for signs of "habitability" on the distant planet.

Stroke awareness

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Yevgeniy Isayev, MD..

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.

Differences between Civil War soldiers topic of presentation

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by ANDREW MARK Special to The Press in Local News

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."

Happenings

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY 13

· 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.

Brian Bartholomew: nay

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Councilman presents alternative plan

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.

Bond refinancing to save school district money

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

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.