There is still no decision on what will happen next with the sinking home on Second Street, North Catasauqua.
At the Aug. 8 borough council meeting, little new information was revealed about the twin home at 1022 and 1024 Second St., because of pending litigation.
During the July council meeting, council President Peter Paone said the borough was in talks with Northampton County about grant money that was potentially available for the property’s demolition. But the borough has now learned it will not qualify for the grant because of the borough’s small size.
The first total eclipse to span coast to coast across the U.S. mainland in almost a century will be visible Aug. 21. For people in Pennsylvania, the eclipse coverage will reach over 75 percent.
This rare celestial event is a spectacular occurrence; however, there are precautions people should take to help maintain their eye health while witnessing the spectacle in its full glory. Looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause serious eye damage, including blurry vision that can last months, or even permanent problems.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.
According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “the change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades 3 through 8.”
Wolf commented on the change during a Schools That Teach tour stop at Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.
The impending delivery of a new dump truck in Hanover Township means the old one is now on the market.
At the July 19 meeting of the Hanover Township Council, members heard from public works Director Jeffry Mouer.
“We want to put the one we use now up for sale,” he said. “It’s a 1998 International, for around $30,000.”
Mouer indicated there is some interest at that sales level.
“We have a pretty good reputation for taking care of our equipment ... so various people ask when we might have something up for sale,” he said.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Guests at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua Aug. 6 gathered around Ben Franklin’s militia, portrayed by Bachman Players, who ventured up from Philadelphia to tell the story of how Easton was saved from the grasps of the wicked British troops who marched against the town during the Revolutionary War.
Easton housed a military hospital during the war. The town was of strategic importance because it was on the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Both waterways were key transportation links for military operations.