Catasauqua Press

Sunday, April 30, 2017

School tax increase is on the horizon

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District homeowners likely will see an increase in their real estate taxes next year.

District Superintendent Robert Spengler discussed with the school board April 11 the proposed 2017-18 budget.

The 1.12-percent increase amounts to a balanced budget of $29.9 million and remains within the Pennsylvania Act 1 index of 3.2 percent.

Included in the budget is a millage rate increase to 17.4073 mills for Lehigh County residents and 56.4681 mills for...

Lehigh County discusses additional $5 fee for vehicle registration

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Residents of Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each nonexempt vehicle registration.

The board of commissioners, at its April 12 meeting, discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion...

CAST presents

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

The Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the musical “Beauty and the Beast.” Director Bill Nothstein says 60 talented performers will bring this popular Disney story to the stage of Catasauqua High School this weekend and next weekend.

Months of designing and building over 50 enchanted costumes and a three-level castle have kept members busy when not rehearsing.

Set construction is under the direction of the skillful Bob Heffelfinger, whose...

Senior Danielle Pluchinsky is TPA award recipient

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in School

Catasauqua High School senior Danielle Pluchinsky was chosen to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award on April 6 for her hard work and tireless contributions to the school’s staff and students.

Eric Snyder, a guidance counselor at Catasauqua High School, spoke on Pluchinsky’s behalf, saying she is an outstanding member of her senior class and a key contributor in many areas.

Pluchinsky has been a head statistician at Catasauqua High School...

Passenger in cycle crash dies of injuries

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

A Northampton woman, a passenger in a fatal motorcycle crash that took the life of a Palmerton area man, has died of her injuries sustained in the crash.

The Lehigh County coroners’ office said Pamela Kellow, 48, of 557 Washington Ave., died at 12:21 a.m. April 20 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem.

Coroner Scott Grim ruled the cause of death as severe head injuries and the manner of death an accident.

Kellow was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by...

Sheckler News First-graders learn about future careers

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in School

First-grade students at Sheckler Elementary School had a career day April 21. Thanks to the parents and guest speakers who took time from their schedules to come and speak with the students about their career fields.


Science PSSA testing for students in fourth grade will take place May 2-3.


The annual fourth-grade egg drop will take place 1:15 p.m. May 5 in the school’s lower parking lot. In the event of rain, the event will be canceled.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

I recently read the story of 15-year-old Sydney Ireland, of New York, who had petitioned the Boy Scouts of America to allow girls into the organization.

Sydney had attended Cub Scouts with her brother “unofficially” since she was very young. She was not able to earn any of the recognition or badges her older brother earned because she is female.

Her brother is now an Eagle Scout.

According to news reports, Sydney went as far as she could with Cub Scouts, later joined the...

Whitehall Township police apprehend wanted man

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police on April 13 responded to a report of a wanted man in the 1200 block of North Lehigh Avenue.

According to a news release provided by township Chief of Police Michael J. Marks, police received a call around noon regarding the unwanted man. Upon arrival, police determined Angel Leon Jr. was inside a residence on North Lehigh Avenue, the release said.

The release also said Leon was taken into custody 4 p.m. without incident and was transported to Lehigh...

Hanover Township selects bid to replace Cascade sewer line

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A pesky clay-pipe sewer line at Cascade Drive has been under a watch for some time. At its meeting April 5, Hanover Township Council approved a bid for just under $200,000 to get a replacement project underway.

There was a wide range of pricing for the project.

“Many of the contractors I talked to have projects stretching out into the late summer, township Engineer Albert Kortze told the council. “There is a lot of infrastructure improvement work out there.”

The winning...