Photos: Area residents sign up for Scouting.
Northampton residents, who own homes, along with commercial and industrial property owners, are likely to pay more taxes in 2013.
The borough, which was unable to keep the lid on the property tax rate, officials announced last week.
"Real estate taxes will be increased next year," said borough Manager Gene Zarayko, who burned the midnight oil while putting together the proposed budget.
Most likely, council will review the tentative spending plan at the second of its two monthly meetings in November.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was recently honored with The Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for consistently voting in favor of the farming community.
"The award recognizes those members of congress who support policies that help farmers obtain profitability with less regulatory interference and increase demand for U.S. products through new uses and enhanced trade opportunities," said Arland Schantz, governmental relations director for the Lehigh County Farm Bureau.
Sue Koren of Northampton holds Summer as Deacon Thomas Reimer sprinkles the dog with holy water during the blessing of the animals Sunday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay. Dressed in her Sunday finest, the 15-month-old Yorkie was one of many dogs to attend the ceremony on the church lawn.
The large hall at Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek in Northampton was filled recently with people celebrating the 100th birthday of Rose Winch.
Among them were daughters Grace Nemetz and Linda Marcincin. Winch's husband, Harry, died 10 years ago, as did a son named Donald. Winch has four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, including a six-month-old baby, many of whom attended the birthday celebration.
Born Oct. 1, 1912, Winch has been a resident at the borough-based facility the past four years.
Northampton police officers are now more prepared to respond in the event someone threatens or attempts to shoot an officer.
At Thursday's council meeting, Vice President and Police Committee Chairman Robert McHale reported the police department, under Chief Ron Morey, purchased three M-16 rifles.
McHale said the funds for the weapons were available in the borough budget.
The officers regularly undergo weapons mandatory training where they fire revolvers.
"It should be noted that they completed their mandatory qualification," said borough Manager Gene Zarayko.
The Northampton Area School District is receiving a $100,000-plus windfall, thanks to the thriftiness of the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School.
NASD will be reimbursed $108,640 as part of a distribution of excess BAVTS funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, school board President David Gogel announced at the Oct. 8 meeting.
The BAVTS $400,000 disbursement, approved at its Oct. 2 meeting, also includes $254,840 for Bethlehem Area School District and $36,520 for Saucon Valley School District.
The Northampton Exchange Club, which sponsors several community events throughout the year such as the Jack Frost Parade and Community Days at the park, is adding another program to its calendar.
The Exchange Club's board will sponsor a Christmas Home Decorating Contest in the borough this year.
Frank Marakovits will serve as chairman of the holiday decorating committee. Serving with Marakovits on the committee are Rodger Berg, John McKenzie, Linda McKenzie and Harold Schisler.
There was no talk of the contentious proposed Dumpster Screen Ordinance at the last Bath Borough Council meeting, even though it was on the agenda under "Correspondence to council" as "Dumpster update."
Borough officials did not mention the ordinance because it was discussed at a public borough workshop meeting Sept. 25. However, that didn't stop James Pasquariello from sitting through Monday evening's meeting.
The Northampton Class of 1952 holds a reunion.