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Nominations are sought for new Distinguished Alumni Award

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

The Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award, which will help make current Northampton Area School District students, graduates and the community aware that NASD produces outstanding graduates and role models who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their professional and personal lives.

International exchange participants impact community colleges

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

Northampton Community College is one of 10 campuses across eight states to welcome international exchange participants to its campus during the 2017-18 academic year as part of the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. The U.S. Department of State’s CCI Program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College on behalf of the Community College Consortium. The program provides participants with a one-year nondegree academic program in workforce development fields at a U.S. community college.

Audio version of drivers manual available

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Two parents, with the help of state Sen. Patrick M. Browne, R-16th, and the cooperation of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), have successfully achieved a victory for teens with dyslexia. PennDOT has released an audio version of the Pennsylvania Drivers Manual.

By making the driver’s manual available in an audio form, Pennsylvania will allow potential drivers with dyslexia and other reading issues to access the driver manual in a way that takes into account their learning issues.

Wolf announces PSSA testing reduction

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.

According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “the change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades 3 through 8.”

Wolf commented on the change during a Schools That Teach tour stop at Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

Empowering Educators provides grants for STEM education

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

Teachers, do you have a bright idea to spark your students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? PPL would like to provide the funding power you need to bring that idea to life.

The PPL Empowering Educators program is designed to help K-12 teachers provide hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom experience. Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive $1,000 in funding for educational projects, such as science fairs, energy conservation projects, renewable energy demonstrations, math competitions and more.

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.

Longtime Trans-Bridge Lines bus driver says passengers are more like friends

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

David Volk, of Bath, is admirable for many reasons. His 1,912,809 (and counting) miles driven as a Trans-Bridge Lines’ bus operator since 1974 in itself is an amazing achievement. His 41 years of accident-free driving, his strong work ethic and the friendships he has created with customers also are commendable accomplishments.

His enduring passion for driving a bus, however, is arguably his most awe-inspiring quality, especially since from a very early age, he has dreamed about it.

PEEPS lesson teaches gratitude to students

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

It all started with a door decorating contest last fall, according to Suzanne Rockovits, seventh-grade reading teacher at Northampton Area Middle School (NAMS). As part of the No Place for Hate initiative, students were asked to decorate their homeroom doors to reflect what it means to be a bully-free, diverse and inclusive school.

The student response was amazing, according to Rockovits.

Scam targets senior citizens

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Lehigh County Agency on Aging and Adult Services want to alert area seniors about a scam that recently came to light. It involves seniors receiving phone calls purportedly from the agency on aging and adult services.

Consumers are getting calls that appear to come from that office’s general telephone number — 610-782-3034. Aging and adult services is not making these calls. In fact, the office’s caller ID number would not show that number.

Horner’s Cemetery gets historical marker

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

On Sunday, a historical marker for Horner’s Cemetery was dedicated at 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd., Route 329, between Bath and Northampton in East Allen Township.

The sign reads: “1745 Horner’s Cemetery, oldest in Northampton County, located in the center of Craig’s Scotch-Irish Settlement in Northampton Co. Interred here are the founders of Bath and Northampton, along with Allen and E. Allen Townships. The last interment was in 1946.”