There are currently a record number of fires burning in the Amazon rainforest.
Often referred to as “the lungs of the world,” the Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its biodiversity. The rainforest is home to approximately 3 million species of plants and animals and 1 million people. This major source of oxygen for the planet covers much of northwestern Brazil and extends into Colombia, Peru and other South American countries.
Mary Louise Wert, 87, of Whitehall, died Aug. 19, 2019, at Sacred Heart Assisted Living, Northampton. She was the wife of the late Grant J. Wert Jr.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Burdell A. and Margaret M. (Wanisko) Templeton.
She was a cook for St. Luke’s Hospital for 10 years before she retired in 1997. Before that, she worked in various positions for 37 years at Arbogast & Bastian Meats, Allentown.
She was a member of St. John Fisher Catholic Church, Catasauqua, where she was a former choir member and a member of the Young at Heart group.
Bath Borough Council meets 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.
East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Joseph J. Molchany, 86, of Allentown, died Aug. 24, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Ruth K. (Giangulano) Molchany.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late James G. and Susan M. (Budihas) Molchany.
He was a 1952 graduate of Northampton High School.
He was in the U.S. Navy during the Korea era and earned the rank of SKG2.
He was employed by Essroc Cement Company for 27 years until he retired in 1995. Previously, he was employed by the Northampton-Bath Railroad and Western Electric Corporation.
Organizers of the Northampton Area School District Student Council car show, which took place July 27, have announced how much has been raised over the past years. The totals are as follows.
2015 — $2,000
2016 — $2,100
2017 — $3,200
2018 — $3,250
2019 — $3,479
The 2019-20 academic year has officially started. Students returned to school Aug. 26. I hope everyone had a great summer!
NASD will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Sept. 2.
Stephen J. Steirer Sr., 79, of Northampton, died Aug. 24, 2019, at home. He was the husband of Geraldine R. (Sommer) for 55 years.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Stephen and Stella (Pelzman) Steirer.
He was in the U.S. Army.
He was a dispatcher at Matlack Trucking for 20 years. He was the proprietor of Log Cabin Hotel, Coplay, for 20 years.
He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay.
He was a member of Hungarian Hall and Coplay Saengerbund.
Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
An assault in the 3400 block of North Ruch Street brought police to the scene.
Officers investigated criminal mischief on Bridge Street.
The department responded to disturbances on North Church and Second streets and Mickley Road.
The unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the 1000 block of Mickley Run was reported.
Police were on the scene of an officer injury in the 2100 block of Park Drive.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 30, come out to the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St., to hear the James Supra/Sarah Ayers Band.
As always, remember to bring those lawn chairs or blankets and snacks!
There are only two more concerts scheduled for the summer concerts program — Sept. 6 and 13.
Catasauqua Fire Police will be having a flea market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 31 at the training grounds on Race Street.
You can rent a 10-foot-by-10-foot table.
The event will take place rain or shine.