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.
Catasauqua residents Heather and Todd Walp and their 9-year-old daughter, Mailya, signed up to host a child from New York City for one week in the summer through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns program for the first time back in 2015. Treece, of the Bronx, now 11 years old, had such a fun week with the Walp family that summer that she’s been coming back ever since.
With more than a few tags showing up on buildings, graffiti might be the next task Catasauqua Borough needs to handle. While some use the analogy “rap is to music as graffiti is to art,” Kimberly Brubaker, president of Catasauqua Main Streets, has her own version.
“There is a difference between graffiti that is street art and tagging,” she said.
Catasauqua has seen a dramatic increase in tagging from stand-alone mailboxes to the sides of buildings. Tagging, according to Brubaker, accelerates urban decay.
U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, has announced he will soon be leaving Congress.
“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said. “Serving the people of the 15th Congressional District has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington.
Carter Matthew Weinhofer achieved the rank of Eagle Scout March 17.
The Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held at Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St.
Weinhofer is currently a junior at Catasauqua High School.
He has earned 27 merit badges during his Scouting career, which began when he was in the second grade. He is a member of Troop 94, sponsored by St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua.
For the ninth year in a row, teens and adults who have survived sexual abuse will be gathering together for Break the Silence, a sexual abuse poetry night April 27. They are joined there by this year’s speaker, local artist Amy Elise.
Elise is a survivor of child sexual abuse and lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition that used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder. She has several personalities who live inside of her, many of whom are artists. She will be telling her story and sharing all of their artwork.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) awarded Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of higher education at its annual meeting in Hershey March 26.
The Benjamin Franklin Medal, named for one of the nation’s and Pennsylvania’s earliest and most recognized leaders, is reserved for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the ongoing vitality and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.
Mike Metallia and his band Midnight Shift finally caught a show date at the Gas House Dance Hall March 30. Midnight Shift had been billed twice for Catasauqua’s dance club, but the weather put a crimp in the plans.
Robyn Shannon, one of the founders of the Gas House, wanted this premier band to play in Catasauqua. Shannon, who is leaving for her new abode in Yorkshire Dales in the UK April 20, had a promise to keep to her rockabilly fans.
“I wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to hear this group,” she said.
Hanover Township received bids on two projects at its April 4 meeting.
The much-talked-about improvement at the Sherwood Park softball field garnered only one bid. Grace Industries was awarded the project with a bid of $28,566.60. Township Engineer Albert Kortze said the bid was better than expected. The township is now ready to move forward with improvements at Sherwood Park. New tennis courts were completed last year.