Jennine Hafner of Northampton enjoys a combination of pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and string beans while her children, Lukas, 1, and Riley, 3, have their share of cut up hot dogs. The family enjoyed the annual meal fundraiser at Grace United Church of Christ, Northampton.
Northampton Borough Council on Thursday unanimously approved the sale of $2.4 million in tax-free municipal bonds.
The bonds will pay for several projects, including street resurfacing and construction and property acquisition.
Helped by an A-2 bond rating, the borough is projected to pay only 1.9 percent interest, which is considered to be very favorable, said Borough Manager Gene Zarayko.
Labeled as "a wrap around bond," the new municipal bond will pay off an existing bond issue. The existing bond has one year of debt remaining at $300,000.
Public works personnel are putting the finishing touches on a huge road salt shed to the rear of the Northampton municipal building and police station. The larger shed is needed to stockpile materials for removing and melting ice and snow. These materials are purchased through a state program and the borough has to order a specific amount in order to receive a savings. The older, smaller salt shed will be used for storage.
· Woman's Club of Catasauqua meeting – 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church at Pine and Fourth streets in Catasauqua. Information: 610-264-4924.
· Catasauqua Area Lions meeting – 7 p.m., Jednota Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua.
· 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.
Ada Miller and Anissa Camacho, left, and Chloe Vandergrift and Micayla Villalongo, right, enjoy dancing April 6 at the Northampton Recreation Center. Roughly 250 seventh- and eighth-graders attended the dance, which was chaperoned by adults.
Should Northampton be struck by a disaster causing a loss of power, a large generator at the Northampton Memorial Community Center on Laubach Avenue could save the day.
Thanks to the influx of casino money being distributed to the borough, the generator arrived in Northampton and is now being installed.
"We received funding in the amount of $27,500 from the local casino monies," Borough Manager Gene Zarayko informed borough council.
The new generator actually arrived at the borough community center March 21.
For Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin it was nice to hear of young people doing community service for altruistic reasons – not because a judge ordered them to do it as part of their sentencing procedure.
"It's a refreshing thing to be with students who are doing well and have a bright future," said Martin, the guest of honor at the annual Altruism Awards ceremony where high school seniors from across Lehigh Valley were honored for performing altruistic acts in their schools or communities.