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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by The Press in Local News



Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.


Bath Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.

Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.


PennDOT presents Route 248 plan

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Bath’s Main, Northampton streets will be aligned; preliminary stage done

Bath Borough has seen an increase in truck traffic as warehouses continue to develop in surrounding municipalities. Borough officials have been searching for a solution to the traffic spike.

Mike McGuire and Steve Giampolo attended the March 2 Bath Borough Council meeting. McGuire, from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Giampolo, from McMahon Transportation Engineers, presented PennDOT’s preliminary plan for the Route 248 realignment project.

NASD watching closely

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Letter details cleaning measures

There are no known cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Northampton Area School District, as of press time March 11.

However, in an abundance of caution, NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik sent a letter Feb. 26 concerning COVID-19 to parents and guardians.

Principals also made announcements to students about the virus via district buildings’ video broadcasts.

District officials are taking the following additional precautions: using a fogging machine, which contains hospital-grade disinfectant, and performing extra wipe-downs in classrooms and offices.

Best in Show

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Local Westminster winner will retire after 3-year career

Siba, a 3-year-old standard poodle also known as Stone Run Afternoon Tea, was named Best in Show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Feb. 11, making history as the first female and first black poodle ever to win that show.

After nearly three years competing in dog shows, Siba will retire from competitions and get to experience life as a “normal” dog, according to owner Connie Unger, of Lehigh Township.

Unger runs Stone Run Standard Poodles. Her handler is Chrystal Clas, of Hanover Borough, York County, who handles dogs with her husband, Paul.

League of Women Voters celebrates its 100th anniversary

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

On Feb. 14, 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt, activist and suffragette, founded what was to become the League of Women Voters. To commemorate this event, the League of Women Voters of Lehigh County hosted a Hot Topics luncheon Feb. 10 at Superior Restaurant, Emmaus, featuring an appearance by regional actress Pat Jordan in the role of Catt.

Whitehall grad co-directs nature center

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by DANIELLE DERRICKSON in Local News

It’s been a month or so since Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak took over as co-directors of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Located just off Route 873 and down Paint Mill Road in Slatington, the organization’s expanse sprawls more than 700 acres, encompassing a once-desolate mountain decimated by decades of pollution at the hands of the New Jersey Zinc Company.

That same area, in 1983, was deemed a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

Enjoying his work

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Borough shop owner still busy baking at 90

When Richard Stetch opened Dick’s Bake Shop in 1963 at 1603 Newport Ave., Northampton, he never thought he would still be working when he was 90 years old.

Stetch does all of the work himself, both in the kitchen and running the business. Every Thursday and Friday, he wakes up by 5 a.m. and spends all day baking.

The sunny little storefront was once a barbershop before being converted into his business. Ukrainian treats are displayed behind a glass case, with freshly canned goods on top. Ukrainian cookbooks, ceramics and Stetch’s own floral arrangements decorate the shop.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by The Press in Local News



East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.


Northampton Area School Board meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.

Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


Multimunicipal truck traffic conversation continues

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Representatives from a growing list of municipalities met once again to discuss truck traffic in the region, particularly from the FedEx Ground hub on Willowbrook Road.

This fourth gathering was held Feb. 3 in East Allen Township.

Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst, Northampton Police Chief Bryan Kadingo, Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel and North Catasauqua Mayor William Molchany Jr. were among those in attendance, along with representatives from East Allen and Allen townships and Hanover (Lehigh County).