Andy Van Antwerp, 10, catches a hardball in his mitt, marking the official opening of the Northampton Athletic Association season Saturday. The ceremony took place at the NAA diamonds off Laubach Avenue, followed by games all day. NAA President John Emmons said participants, who range in age from 5 to 15, number 475, which represents one of the largest groups in recent years.
Retired Northampton Area High School teacher Ed Pany received the President's Award from the Lehigh Valley Labor Council at its annual banquet April 20.
"I was asked two or three weeks before if I would be at the labor council's dinner," said Pany. "I had thought it was to be a speaker. When I didn't hear further, I thought they may have gotten someone else. When I answered the phone asking for me to be present, my wife said I should go anyways. So I dressed and showed up, the award was a complete surprise."
The Northampton Area School District is between a budget and hard place.
The result may mean higher than anticipated school district taxes for NASD property owners.
Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik and Business Administrator Terry Leh have been updating the school board on the fiscal challenges facing the district as the state-mandated July 1 approval deadline of the 2013-14 budget looms.
"What we are looking for is some kind of direction," Kovalchik said to the school board.
The silver shovels were lined up and ready for the Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project groundbreaking ceremony.
But it seemed all Northampton Borough Councilman Ed Pany had to do was raise his arms skyward and, like Moses parting the Red Sea, the ground would part, too.
Even so, shovels were put to the test for the $80.7-million project as Earth Day became earth-moving day along a grassy slope on the edge of Northampton Borough Park.
Students, teachers and school districts are being put to the test in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Northampton Area School District is no exception.
The rigor of student testing is taking its toll not only in student stress but also in classroom teaching time, according to Lydia Hanner, NASD director of curriculum and instruction.
Tests and preparing for tests are taking up more of the school year.
When two bombs exploded at last week's Boston Marathon, local attorney J. Jackson Eaton had just completed the race.
For the 70-year-old Hanover Township (Lehigh County) solicitor, it was only his second marathon.
"I am still processing what I experienced," Eaton told The Press three days after the event.
"I ran in New York and when I found out that I qualified for Boston, I wanted to go," he said.
Eaton crossed the finish line before the nearby explosions.
Photos of dress rehearsal for the Good Shepherd Catholic School musical. Performances are set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 26-28.
The East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets at 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Allen Township supervisors continue to pursue plans for a dog park.
The park would be located at the southern end of Howertown Park, near the Nor-Bath Trail. The proposed project has been on the township's agenda for the past couple of years.
At their meeting earlier this month, supervisors said they are awaiting approval from Northampton County before they can move ahead with the project.
No timetable for the project was given.
· Ribbon cutting at The Friendship Tree Thrift store – 5 p.m., 107 N. Chestnut St., Bath. Information: Sharon Davis, 610-973-4404.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m. Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. 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.