Unlike most commencement exercises where the graduates don caps and gowns, the 167 sixth-grade students at Colonel John Siegfried Elementary School, Northampton, wore black T-shirts.
They received diplomas June 4 for completing the 10-week D.A.R.E. (Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education) program. The focus was both on avoiding drugs and alcohol and how to deal with bullying.
The American flags, which have graced light poles on Second and Chestnut streets for Memorial Day and Flag Day will be coming down after the Independence Day holiday.
The flags will be put back up for the observance on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Want to serve on the borough's 150th anniversary celebration committee?
The borough is getting a head start on the event, set to take place in 2018 and seeking volunteers now.
Anyone interested can contact the borough office at 610-262-6088.
The Allen Township Board of Supervisors may likely vote at its July 10 meeting on the proposed $335 million FedEx Ground warehouse/distribution center.
The township planning commission has recommended conditional approval of the center that will include 800,000 square feet and eventually grow to encompass 11 million square feet.
A group of wrestlers have teamed up with Northampton Borough.
"In the past they have used the school district's facility, however, due to the building project, they are homeless." Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.
The Northampton Area School District is currently constructing a new middle school and extensively renovating much of its secondary campus.
Not everyone favors Northampton Borough's plan to build a minipark in its uptown business district.
The minipark is proposed to be located on formerly vacant land the borough acquired earlier.
The borough expects to utilize grant funding and county and casino proceeds in an effort to provide the uptown with a lift and some economic incentives. A church is located to the south of the proposed park site, and a coffee shop is on the north side just steps away from the Roxy Theatre. The park would have benches, a gazebo, lighting and signs.
East Allen Township Fire Chief Barry Frantz said on Monday a noon-time blaze last Friday caused extensive damage to a Weaversville home.
According to Frantz, the fire does not appear to be suspicious. An official ruling as to the fire's origin awaits investigation by the fire marshall.
Michael Scheirer was at home when the fire broke out at his residence at 6899 Bullshead Road. Scheirer escaped without any injuries. The residence is owned by Scheirer and his wife, Debra.
A cat perished in the fire, which engulfed the second floor and attic of the home, Frantz said.
Now that the Allen Township Planning Commission has recommended the board of supervisors approve the $9.6 million FedEx packaging warehouse and distribution center, a vote by the five supervisors is not as forthcoming as some expected.
The five-member board of supervisors scheduled a meeting on June 24. At that time, FedEX and the Rockefeller Group, the second party seeking approval for the project on 253 acres along Willowbrook Road, were to have addressed the board.
Coming off a very successful year in 2013, the Northampton Farmers Market will be back for a second year beginning July 9.
The site remains the vacant lot the borough acquired from Brian Kroope.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko recently said the farmers market will be held Tuesdays, from 3 to 7 p.m.
It is hoped the uptown market gives a boost to retail stores that line Main Street.
A large sign will be placed at 21st & Main streets informing the public of the farmers market.
Vendors from last year will return with new vendors possibly joining the market.
"Fizz, Boom, Read," isn't a reference to fireworks on the Fourth of July, but rather the theme for Coplay Public Library's summer reading program.
The annual summer reading program begins Monday, June 23 and concludes Aug. 9.
Patrons are invited to stop in noon-7 p.m. June 23 for the program kick-off day and to register.
The program will feature Wacky Wednesday science experiments and other activities throughout the summer.
A new multiyear police contract is in the making between the Northampton Police Department and borough administration.
The proposed contract was discussed at council's June 5 meeting.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko informed council that the police department collective bargaining proposal has been received by the borough.
The only detail he made public is that the new contract sought runs for a three-year term.
"We will need to set up a meeting between our committee and theirs," Zarayko said.