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Whitehall grad co-directs nature center

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by DANIELLE DERRICKSON in Local News

It’s been a month or so since Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak took over as co-directors of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Located just off Route 873 and down Paint Mill Road in Slatington, the organization’s expanse sprawls more than 700 acres, encompassing a once-desolate mountain decimated by decades of pollution at the hands of the New Jersey Zinc Company.

That same area, in 1983, was deemed a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

Personnel respond to 2nd St. home fire

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Fire Department responded to a fire in the 200 block of Second Street Feb. 24.

Neighbors reported smelling smoke outside around 10 a.m. Crews responded to an alarm around noon.

According to personnel, the owner of the building left for work earlier in the morning while the dryer was on.

The house was locked, so firefighters had to take proper action to enter and extinguish the flames. As a result, the door sustained damage. The basement was aired out, department members said.

Rotary restart?

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

After 20 years, group looks to bring back Catty club

At a cheerful, upbeat gathering of Whitehall Area Rotary Club members and Catasauqua residents, discussions ensued of reinstating the Catasauqua Rotary Club, which ended about 20 years ago.

The meeting, held Feb. 27 at Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua, featured Herb Klotz, Rotary governor of Pennsylvania District 7430. He brought the Rotary message of “service above self.”

The Rotary vision is “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”

Lunch is served at Salem United Church of Christ

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The first Monday of every month, Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua, holds a lunch with a variety of homemade goodies.

Gail Pileggi gets her crew together about an hour before it starts.

“We have a lot of fun doing this. We found that Monday works well because there is always something happening on the weekends,” she said.

The Feb. 3 event brought out residents to enjoy the free community lunch.

Catty foster parent pleads guilty to sexual assault of teen

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

On Feb. 24, a former Catasauqua foster parent pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a teenager who had been in her care.

According to reports, Kimberly Race, 43, who had resided in the borough and whose last address was Northampton, was charged in October 2019 with statutory sexual assault — a felony of the first degree — because the juvenile was under the age of 16, the defendant was more than 11 years older and they were not married to each other — and one count of corruption of minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Morganelli sworn in as county judge

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Amid pomp and circumstance in historic Courtroom No. 1, John Morganelli was officially sworn into office Jan. 31 as a Northampton County Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

The county prison’s honor guard, in dress blues and accompanied by a bagpiper, presented the colors, and Easton Area High School’s Karissa Kresch sang the national anthem.

The entire bench of the county’s judges attended the ceremony, as did U.S. District Court Judges Ed Smith and Joseph Leeson Jr. and numerous other dignitaries. President Judge Michael Koury Jr. administered the oath.