The Borough of Northampton has received much attention over the years for its illuminated holiday street decorations.
With Valentine's Day here, the glow on the hearts on Main Street have received attention from outside the community. Other municipalities are considering replicating the red and white heart designs which feature an arrow running diagonally across.
Mounds of glass piling up over the years on a borough property led borough council members to refer to it as "Mount Glassmore."
The heap of glass may no longer be a concern to borough lawmakers.
"We have been notified that CAP Glass from Allentown has purchased the Greenstar glass operation. They are currently removing all of the unusable glass and dumping it into a quarry located in Whitehall Township," borough Manager Gene Zarayko advised council at last Thursday's meeting.
Ritter receives scholarship
Joshua M. Ritter of Catasauqua recently was awarded the Ralphine and Gary Gentzler Scholarship.
Ritter, a student at Shippensburg University majoring in mid-level science and math education, is the son of Michael and Stephanie Ritter of Catasauqua.
He is a 2012 graduate of Catasauqua High School.
Adam Travis Bierman of Catasauqua graduated Dec. 16 with a bachelor of science degree in biology from Millersville University.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. It is open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
· Bingo – Doors open 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m., Petersville Rod and Gun Club, Moore Township. Information: 610-261-2210.
· Zumba classes – 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Faith Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall. Information: Tara at 610-440-2344.
Look sharp, Konkrete Kids, a student dress code is again under consideration.
The issue of a student dress code, which brought out hundreds of students and parents to meetings several years ago in the Northampton Area High School auditorium, will again be taken up by the Northampton Area School District administration and board of education.
A draft policy of the student dress code was given to the NASD school board at the Jan. 31 meeting. The policy was not made available to the public.
An intense fire swept through a single family dwelling located at 3611 Beech Drive in Lehigh Township.
The residents, Mary Jo Fletcher-Pletz, her fiancé Jeff Raines and four children, were not home when the fire broke out.
"We were on our way home from dinner when we received a call from someone we know at the fire department that our house was on fire," said Fletcher-Pletz. "We got here just as the fire crews were arriving."
The house was fully engulfed by the time they reached their destination.
The new Northampton Area High School Principal is a "Konkrete Kid."
The appointment of Steven Seier, a member of the Northampton Area High School Class of 1983, was approved by a 8-0 vote, with one board member absent Jan. 31, by the Northampton Area School Board.
"He's coming back home to the high school," said NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik. "We feel he'll be a definite asset."
Seier is assistant principal at Hamburg Area High School in the Hamburg Area School District.
Photos of a recent flea market in Moore Township.
Anna Messenlehner, of Northampton, celebrates her 99th birthday by attending Mass at Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton, where she is greeted by Bishop John O. Barres of the Diocese of Allentown. He offered a special prayer for Messenlehner, the oldest living member of the parish. The bishop also visted with students at Good Shepherd Catholic School as part of Catholic Schools Week. Additional photos from Catholic Schools Week will appear in a future edition.
A mesh of interests and experiences led local author Monsignor James J. Mulligan to write "The Haystack."
Mulligan, a Northampton resident and member of the Civil War Roundtable, presented his novel to the Civil War Discussion Group at the Northampton Area Public Library last week.
Growing up, Mulligan's parents were big readers, his father reading "one history book after another," he said.
His father had him reading historical novels beginning in grade school and, during the summer, would take him to the places he had learned about.