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Houck takes DA oath of office

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

For the first time since 1991, Northampton County has a new district attorney. John Morganelli, who held the office for an unprecedented 28 years, has been succeeded by his first deputy, Terrence Houck, who was sworn into office Jan. 6.

Houck is a career prosecutor who has spent 32 years in the district attorney’s offices of Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. His last 13 years have been spent as Northampton County’s first deputy DA.

Before he became a lawyer, Houck worked as a police officer in Philadelphia and attended Temple Law School at night.

Catasauqua woman seeks adaptive bike for grandson

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Many people have fond memories of riding bicycles as children and the feeling of freedom that goes with it. For some, this is not an option. Children with special needs are often denied this simple childhood pleasure due to their extra needs and the high cost of adaptive bikes.

Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway is seeking to change that for some, and a Catasauqua woman is aiming to help her grandson get a bike to ride around town.

County resident addresses the firing of 911 dispatchers

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel, of Whitehall Township, addressed the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong at the Feb. 12 meeting, stating she was disappointed in their decision to fire three supervisors and to allegedly force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year Dec. 31, 2019, while on duty in the dispatch room.

Fehnel, a 911 dispatcher from 2007 to 2010 in Allentown, said she felt someone needed to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

Hanover names new manager

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Wehr brings municipal zoning experience

Hanover Township has appointed Melissa Wehr as its new township manager. She replaces Christopher Garges, who moved on to fill an opening in North Whitehall Township.

Wehr gained her experience in municipal government as a zoning and codes officer in Whitehall Township.

“I am excited to be in Hanover. I have an excellent staff to support me,” she said.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News



Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.



Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.


Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.

Fire department ordinance under review

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Council mandate would decertify companies that are now only social clubs

At the Feb. 24 Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting, pending ordinances and resolutions were presented for discussion.

An ordinance to have all fire department services under the volunteer firefighters association will be voted on at the next meeting. The ordinance decertifies former fire companies within the borough that no longer house firetrucks and other equipment.

Salem UCC holds sweet celebration

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The Saturday nearest Valentine’s Day is always reserved for Salem United Church of Christ in Catasauqua to have its soup, salad and sweets event. This year’s event was held Feb. 15.

Guests get to relax and are served by the girls from Girl Scout Troop 6955.

The Scouts meet at the church and use it for activities.

The church offers a take-out option that is a bargain — a salad with two soups and all the sweets you can fit in the carton.

Next up is the meatloaf dinner. There is a take-out option available for this meal as well.

Lions Club seeks new members

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Catasauqua Area Lions Club hosted an open house Jan. 23 at Jednota Slovak Center Social Club, North Catasauqua, in the hopes of spreading awareness about the organization and attracting new members.

Lions Clubs around the country and beyond are made up of charitably minded men and women who volunteer their time to serve in their communities. Catasauqua Area Lions Club, in particular, has lent its support to countless projects in both Catasauqua and North Catasauqua since its creation in 1972.