The man who threatened to blow up a building June 8 in Northampton is now in Northampton County Prison.
Tim Snyder, 44, who is being held on $50,000 straight bail, is charged with making terroristic threats and recklessly endangering others in connection with an eight-hour-standoff with borough and state police at the Gin Mill & Grille, Northampton Police Chief Ron Morey said Monday.
Life in the 1700 block of Main Street, Northampton, returned to normal for families on Monday.
The Gin Mill & Grille reopened following an eight-hour-standoff Sunday when Tim Snyder held police at bay, barricading himself inside a basement room. Snyder threatening to blow up the hotel and restaurant with explosives he said had on his person.
He demanded, but was not granted, $200 and a pizza.
The 430 graduates of the Northampton Area High School Class of 2014 were told during last Saturday's 113th commencement exercise there is an enduring pride associated with receiving a diploma from the school.
Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, a Northampton graduate himself, emphasized the tradition and heritage of entering the alumni ranks. He told the graduates they all received excellent educations at NAHS.
NAHS, Kovalchik said, is "proud' of giving the graduates a concrete foundation."
It seems like a couple of young men couldn't wait for the Coplay Parkway Pool to open.
A group was recently seen swimming in the Lehigh River late last week.
The river attracts young people who opt for the river over municipal pools throughout the summer. It's been years since the river was not only the choice of bathers, but the only place to cool down and congregate with peers.
On the Coplay side, there were two sites off the Lehigh Valley Railroad tracks that were popular for swimming.
Coplay Parkway Pool will be ready for bathers Saturday.
The pool at North Second and Keefer streets will be open this weekend, noon to 7 p.m. The pool officially opens, Saturday, June 14. Thereafter, the pool is open daily, noon to 8 p.m. During August, the pool is open noon to 7 p.m. There are three Dip-N-Dance events set for June 27, July 23 and August 23.
The Siegfried Showstoppers presented their annual musical titled "Yankee Doodle Dandy" May 14 through 16
The show's patriotic theme was timely, with the Memorial Day holiday on the calendar.
After weeks of rehearsals, the cast of 45 children in grades four through six were ready for the curtain to open. Produced by a special arrangement with Contemporary Drama Service, music and lyrics were provided by George M. Cohan and Bill Francoeur, the book by Arthur Zapel.
After eleven years, the era of fireworks during the Independence Day/Fourth of July holiday in Coplay has come to an end.
Contrary to many town residents, the fireworks were not sponsored by the borough.
Gene and Sandy Gyecsek took on the project on their own. For two or three years before that, a borough resident put on his own show for residents.
Contracted with LTNT Pyrotechnics, Laurys Station, the borough couple offered a spectacular fireworks display year after year.
Memorial Day was observed in Northampton, Monday, with two long-standing traditions.
A service in the morning was held at Allen Union Cemetery, followed later in the day by the Northampton Joint Veterans Association program at the upgraded memorial plaza. Both services were well attended and filled with music and a solemn salute to veterans, many who gave their lives for the freedoms enjoyed by those left behind.
A Northampton man recently asked borough council to permit a skate park where the presently deteriorated park and bicycle area is located.
Brian Ruff told council at the May 15 meeting, the skate park would be an asset to the borough; serving as an area where children and adults could play roller derby or street hockey. The park might also lead to the formation of leagues.
Ruff said he envisions around 100 children involved, along with a number of adults.
"It's a great opportunity with the Phantoms coming to town," Ruff said.
The Northampton Exchange Club paid tribute May 21 to its Students of the Month for May and June.
The event concluded the Service to Youth recognition program for the Northampton Area High School for the 2013-14 school year.
The Exchange Club at its June dinner meeting at the Northampton Memoral Community Center will recognize the Student of the Year based on an essay and strict criteria from the National Exchange Club.