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.
Lehigh Township has launched a Shop with a Cop program. Police officers from the township accompany youth for some shopping at Kmart in Walnutport.
"We got a good response from the community. Businesses donated," said Det. Matt Enstrom.
Dave Coppola, Kmart manager, said he expects to see it grow in future years.
The minipark proposed for Northampton's "Uptown Business District" on Main Street will receive a $65,000 boost.
Northampton Borough will receive the money via a state gaming grant, said borough Manager Gene Zarayko.
Zarayko said the $65,000 grant will be utilized to buy the vacant lot owned by Brian Kroope.
"We sent a letter to Mr. Kroope offering to pay $75,000 for the land," Zarayko said.
Decades ago, the lot housed a cotton goods store. The past few months the borough has made it a priority to secure the lot for the park.
The First Regional Compost Authority, which Allen Township played a pivotal role in creating, will hold its monthly meetings at the Allen Township Municipal Building for 2013.
Meetings, held on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m., are open to the public.
The current chairman for the authority is Richard K. Gable.
Among the authority's original members are Allen Township and East Allen Township. Northampton County also played a role in helping the authority become a reality.
Results of the bid opening for the Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Project are expected to be reviewed at the 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 Northampton Area School Board meeting.
The bids were to be opened at a public meeting, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, at the Northampton Area High School auditorium. Members of the public may attend the bid opening.
"The project is out to bid," Jay Clough, principal, KCBA, project architect, told NASD administration and school board officials at the Jan. 31 meeting.
The 2013-14 preliminary budget for the Northampton Area School District is now available for review.
Copies of the budget were to have been made available for public inspection at the Northampton Area School District Administration Building, 2014 Laubach Avenue; schools in the district, and on the district web site.
Property owners face a 3.14-percent tax hike, based on the preliminary 2013-14 general fund NASD budget unveiled at the Jan. 14 board meeting.
Second of two parts on a presentation on the events at Sandy Hook. The first part dealt with observations of a school guidance counselor and pastor. This part deals with the reactions of a psychologist.
To understand the events at Sandy Hook, it's important to remember Columbine.
Bradley R. Beckwith, MS, LPC, considers the massacre at Columbine High School to be "the best example in our national history: what happened and what we've learned from it."
Representatives of Buchart Horn Inc. came to the Jan. 22 meeting of the Lehigh Township supervisors to provide a presentation about the Master Concept plan which is in its final draft.
It is expected to cover current needs and provide a site plan to fit the needs of the township for many years to come, said W. Scott Loercher. People in each department were interviewed to determine what was needed. Public works was considered to have an immediate need but with space to grow, with administration and police coming second.
· Blood drive – 10 a.m.-6 p.m., ReMax Unlimited, 1080 Schadt Ave. Information: Shari Noctor at 610-266-5241.
· AARP chapter 3115 meeting – American Club of Coplay, 300 Cherry St., Coplay. Information: 610-395-2820.
· Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club meeting – 7:30 p.m, Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem. NASA Astronaut Terry Hart will attend. Open to the public. Information: www.dlarc.org, KE3AW@ARRL.NET, or 610.432.8286.