The 37th annual Sister Cities celebration Saturday was bittersweet.
Joseph Leitgeb Jr., a familiar face and figure at the event for many years was missing. Leitgeb died earlier this year.
The annual program honors the bond between the Borough of Northampton and Stegersbach, Austria. Leitgeb, who visited the Burgenland town of Stegersbach in the past, was the speaker at the 2011 Sister Cities program.
Northampton Borough Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
The East Allen Township Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Northampton Area School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor boardroom of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.
The Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Northampton Borough Council continues to accept applications for the vacant council seat.
Registered Democrats in the borough's second ward are eligible to serve in the seat vacated by Sherry Maikits, who moved from the borough to Coplay.
Council could vote as soon as next Thursday to name a person to the empty council slot. The appointment would run through 2013 and the position will be on the ballot next spring.
Several people may have already submitted their names for consideration.
The Relay for Life is not a one-day deal.
Although the 24-hour event which takes place each June at Whitehall High School is familiar to most people, the event does not represent the complete package, said Shari Noctor, chairperson of the 2012-13 Relay for Life of Whitehall. This year, the Whitehall relay celebrates its 10th anniversary and the American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th.
In this continuing series, I am speaking to Mr. Harold Smith, well-known and highly respected president of the Northampton Historical Society and former employee of the landmark Miller's Department Store and Kotsch's Market in Fullerton.
Born in 1927 Harold, as most families in America, faced the Great Depression. I asked him to recall his youth.
Construction of the new Northampton Area Middle School may result in a major project that won't necessarily be visible.
The Northampton Area School board and administration is considering a proposal for a new storm water sewer system in the vicinity of where the old middle school is now located.
In addition, the administration and board are considering artificial turf for the athletic field proposed for the site of the middle school after it's demolished.
At the end of the night Aug. 30, the judges for the Lehigh Valley Best of the Best karaoke contest had a winner.
Determining second place was not so simple.
Without telling the audience who the winner was, the judges announced Brandon Schlichting of Northampton and Whitehall native Kimberly Kiena had tied for second place. A sing-off would determine who took home the $500 second prize.
A Colonial Ball will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Holiday Inn, 904 Hamilton St., Allentown.
The event, which is open to the public, celebrates the 250th anniversary of Zion's "Liberty Bell Church" and the 50th anniversary of the Liberty Bell Museum.
Professional colonial re-enactors will talk with guests about what life was like in the colonial era. Guests will enjoy live period music, colonial artifacts and dancers who will demonstrate and teach colonial dances popular in the 1770s, the time of Allentown's founding. There will also be a colonial style meal.
The summer concert series in Northampton ended on a Celtic note.
Mr. Michael Detzi was reared in Wind Gap, graduating from Pius X High School in 1968 where he starred in football and basketball. He recalls, "Our school had a small-town atmosphere. My class consisted of 48 spirited graduates."
The young graduate continued his education at Steubenville College in Ohio. The draft called him to duty in 1971 with training at Fort Dix and Fort Jackson, S.C. He was assigned to the 193rd Infantry Brigade.