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Will there be a veto?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

A close council vote on a Catasauqua Borough zoning ordinance revision could prompt a move to veto the measure by Mayor Barbara Schlegel.

At its March 4 meeting, the council voted 4-3 to revise the borough zoning ordinance to allow apartment units to be built on vacant property along Front Street now owned by FL Smidth.

"I was baffled and surprised," said Catasauqua Borough Councilman Vincent Smith, commenting on opposing votes. The zoning revision is to the borough's...

Panto: Review coaching salaries

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

School board member Donald Panto wants the Catasauqua Area School Board to revisit the salaries of coaches and coaching staff.

"I don't think it's an understatement to say athletics is a major part of the school experience," Panto said during the board's March 11 meeting.

Athletic Director Tom Moll told school board members the district's pay for coaches and coaching staff is well below the area average.

"It is significantly less from schools of similar size," Moll said...

Hanover to read water meters

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At its March 6 meeting of the Hanover Township Council, township Manager Sandra Pudliner presented the council with a proposal for the township to take over water meter readings.

Two water companies currently serve township residents. The Bethlehem Authority serves most of the township, reads the meters and sends the bill to the township. The Allendale area is managed by the township.

Under Pudliner's proposal, maintenance supervisor Jeffry Mouer will be in charge of the effort...

L. C. authority charter extension is denied

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners voted 5-4 against extending the Lehigh County Authority's charter at its March 13 meeting.

The Lehigh County Authority was seeking an extension on its current charter so it could put in a bid for Allentown's proposed 50-year water and sewage system lease. The city is in need of $150 to 200 million to help pay for its underfunded employee pension program. LCA's current charter expires in 36 years.

Chairwoman Lisa Scheller called the vote...

A model life: creating replicas is his hobby

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Local News

A local man's childhood interest in model trains developed into a talent for creating scale-model displays of buildings, including sites familiar to Catasauqua and North Catasauqua residents.

Phil Wavrek grew up in Fullerton, Whitehall Township. He received his first train set on his 10th Christmas. That Lionel freight train with a double engine (powered 'A' unit and dummy [no power] 'A') and cars jump-started a lifelong interest in model trains. The first set included the double Erie...

Refuse hauler takes N. Catasauqua to court

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

A dispute over North Catasauqua's handling of its refuse-hauling contract has landed the borough in court, as J.P. Mascaro & Sons has filed an injunction against the borough.

At a hearing scheduled for Tuesday in the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, Senior Judge Lawrence J. Brenner presided.

Borough Secretary Nancy Knecht said Monday she was subpoenaed by the refuse hauler to appear at the hearing, along with the bid documentation and correspondence.

She spoke to...

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by The Press in Local News



Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

The Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.


Lehigh County Commissioners meet at 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Roughies Report

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by LINDA ROTHROCK Special to The Press in School

If you have not ordered your 2013 Catasauqua High School yearbook, it's not too late to reserve your copy. Yearbooks are a nice way to look back and remember stories , events and special times with your classmates.

They can be ordered up until March 30 for a cost of $44.75. If ordered after that date, the cost increases to $54. Orders can be placed by calling 1-800-600-9107 or by visiting

Orders should not be placed by a 2013 graduating senior or for a 2013...

Northampton column

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT Special to The Press in Columns

Members of the Northampton Area High School Drama Club will present a family storytime, in costume, with stories and songs from their spring musical "Seussical the Musical."

Children of all ages and their families are welcome for the event 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28. Register by stopping by the library, 1615 Laubach Ave., or calling 610-262-7537.


The Northampton Area Public Library will participate in Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child 2013, a collaborative...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


· Officers assisted EMS in the 1100 block of Eighth Street.

· A parking complaint brought officers to the 200 block of Eugene Street.

· Officers assisted the Coplay Police Department in the area of North Front Street.


· A report of a suspicious activity brought police to Cherry and Arch streets.

· Officers responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of...