Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Catasauqua complex moves to new home

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

After a year of construction, the new Catasauqua Municipal Complex at 90 Bridge St. is ready for occupancy. Home to the Catasauqua Emergency Services and administrative offices, the building on the Iron Works property will open for business Aug. 2.

The administrative offices closed their doors for the last time at 118 Bridge St., after the council workshop meeting Monday.

Borough police and fire departments began moving several days ago.

The building, designed by...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 24

A suspicious person on Juniper Circle was reported to the department.

On Lehigh Street, officers responded to a report of a suspicious person.

A theft on Fullerton Avenue was reported to police.

Officers investigated an unattended death on MacArthur Road.

A report of harassment brought police to Peachtree Circle.

JULY 25

Harassment that occurred on Broad Street was...

Coroner identifies man found dead in Whitehall woods

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was discovered July 24 in a wooded area of MacArthur Road.

Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner Eric D. Minnich has identified the man as 21-year-old Ryan Sellars, of Lower Macungie Township.

According to the coroner’s report, Sellars was pronounced dead 6:25 p.m. July 24 in the vicinity of 2601 MacArthur Road. That address is identified as Walmart.

An autopsy was performed July 26. Minnich said the...

Butterfly release helps family, friends honor loved ones lost

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

“A butterfly to remind me, Even though we are apart, Your spirit is always with me, Forever in my heart …” stated a poem on the pamphlets distributed to all in attendance at the Stephens Funeral Home memorial butterfly release June 11.

The heat that day did not wilt the spirits of the family and friends who came to pay tribute to loved ones.

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township, frequently opens its doors and hearts to the community, having events such as Hearts of...

New volunteers welcome

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

LEHIGH COUNTY 4-H

When you volunteer to become a 4-H leader, you reap so many rewards, not only for yourself, but also for 4-H members and your community.

With the wide variety of programs offered through 4-H, you can get involved in an activity or club that interests you and develops your skills while you enrich the lives of the youth you work with.

Why should you consider becoming a leader?

• You are needed to help youth become better citizens.

• You will...

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Local News

AUGUST

MONDAY 7

Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

TUESDAY 8

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

Catasauqua Area School Board meets 7 p.m. in the administration office board room, 251 N. 14th St.

WEDNESDAY 9

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.,...

Coplay police

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 24

Officers assisted a citizen with a civil matter in the unit block of South Second Street.

In the unit block of South Second Street, police assisted a citizen.

Police assisted a citizen with a report of a domestic issue in the unit block of North Eighth Street.

Officers checked on a vehicle with an open trunk in the unit block of North Fifth Street.

Officers assisted a citizen in the...

Coplay: Picnic set for Aug. 6

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Hundreds and hundreds will travel from near and far Aug. 6 for St. Peter Roman Catholic Church’s 63rd annual parish homecoming picnic.

Beginning noon and ending 10 p.m., the festival, held on church grounds at 4 S. Fifth St., will have plenty of food and entertainment.

A polka Mass begins the day 10:30 a.m.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Several food stands will be set up, serving the church’s famous pierogies, clam chowder, steak sandwiches, pizza, ham...

The world is our classroom

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

I am a lifelong student. I try to learn something new every day. No, I don’t sit in a classroom semester after semester, year after year or take courses on the Internet; although, I would enjoy both of those pursuits, too.

I always loved school, from first grade through grad school. To me, the whole world is a gigantic classroom, full of fascinating free lessons for all of us. Some folks partake of this wonderful opportunity to gain more knowledge, while others pass up the chance....

Heroin, opioid problem topic at meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

More than 50 concerned citizens gathered at the Teamsters Local 773 Union Hall, Whitehall, July 24 to listen to a panel of speakers discuss the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction problem that is plaguing the state and country, too often with fatal consequences.

Co-hosting the event were Dennis Hower, president of Teamsters Local 773; Tom Tosti, director of AFSCME District Council 88; Gregg Potter, president of Lehigh Labor Council; and state Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd.

The...