As we approach the May 21 primary election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials will be the April 25 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
Of the four seasons, spring is my favorite with everything beginning to awaken and renew after a long winter.
Trees and flowers are blooming; the birds are chirping and wild animals are awaking from hibernation.
Spring is also the time when Americans begin to spend more time outdoors exercising, playing sports, swimming, bicycle riding, camping, grilling and having picnics.
Even though spring brings warmer weather, it also brings with it many dangers.
Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Officers responded to a report of a rear door open in the 1400 block of Newport Avenue.
· A report of a fire brought police to the rear of Hampton Lanes, 326 Main St.
· Police were called to Redner's Warehouse Market, 101 Held Drive, to investigate a report of a retail theft.
· A report of a dog attacking another dog brought officers to the 1000 block of Atlas Lane.
· Police responded to a fight at the Redner's Quick Shoppe, 33 W. 21st St.
Last week I did something I had not done in 29 years. I bought a new car.
To regular readers and friends who know and admire my spiffy 1984 wagon: Don't worry. I did not part with it. Perish the thought.
Actually, that wonderful old car of mine was the main reason my husband and I decided to splurge on a new one.
With more than 130,000 miles on the odometer, my little red wagon was working too hard and deserves a good waxing and some garage time.
My husband's 1991 two-door model has logged more than 200,000 miles, so we are reluctant to drive it long distances.
The Suburban North YMCA in North Catasauqua held its annual Healthy Kids Day April 27. The free community event is designed to help families find fun through active play and opportunities to improve health and well-being. Activities included basketball and soccer, family boot camp, vision screening, refreshments, arts and crafts, face painting, a planting station courtesy of the Garden City Greenhouse, demonstrations by the North Catasauqua Fire Department and a bike rodeo with the Catasauqua Police Department.
North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Police responded to a report of an expired and suspended vehicle registration tag in the 1000 block of Third Street.
· A parking complaint brought officers to the 200 block of Eugene Street.
· Police were called to the 1000 block of Front Street to investigate a report of a suspicious person.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 700 block of Locust Street.
· A motor vehicle crash brought police to the 1000 block of Front Street.
Greater Hazleton Health Alliance (GHHA) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced April 24 they have signed an agreement for a full asset merger pending regulatory approval.
The GHHA board of directors approved the merger on April 3 and the LVHN board of trustees executive committee did so April 16 with the full board ratification expected May 1.
· Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club Program: "Eli, the Son of the Iceman" – 7:30 p.m., Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-432-8286.
· Vietnam Veterans of America meeting – 7 p.m., Banko Family Community Center, next to Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg, 2545 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Information: Ken Howard 610-428-9911.
· Catasauqua Area Lions meeting – 7 p.m., Jednota Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua.
How fitting it is, following the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings by two brothers with alleged ties to violent Muslim extremists, that the final piece of One World Trade Center, the spire, was scheduled to be lifted in place on Monday.
Unfortunately, high winds and bad weather forced a temporary delay.
Installation of the 408-foot, 800-ton spire began last December with pieces made in New Jersey and Canada.