NASA scientist Jennifer Stern, Ph.D., brought the story of the mission of the latest Mars robotic probe, Curiosity, to an enthusiastic audience at Alumnae Hall on the Cedar Crest College campus Nov. 15.
She detailed the development of the "Mini-Cooper-sized" craft and its 354 million mile journey from earth to a small landing site on the red planet. She enthusiastically reported the project is exceeding all expectations as it searches for signs of "habitability" on the distant planet.
The Northampton Area School Board has retained its president, but has chosen a new vice president.
During the annual reorganization meeting Dec. 3, which preceded the regular board meeting, board member David Gogel was retained as president, receiving seven votes, with school board member Dr. Michael Baird receiving two votes.
Board member Jane Erdo was elected vice president. She received five votes, with Jean Rundle, the incumbent vice president, receiving four votes.
"I'd like to thank Jean [Rundle] for her last few years as vice president," said Gogel.
Q: What is a stroke?
A: There are two types of strokes; the first type, called an ischemic stroke, occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of the brain due to a blocked blood vessel. The other type, from a ruptured blood vessel, is called hemorrhagic stroke.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Stroke symptoms begin suddenly. You may have one or more of these symptoms: weakness or loss of feeling on one side of your face, arm or leg; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; difficulty talking; slurred speech; or problems understanding others.
Dressed in garments from the era, Neil and Kathleen Coddington, spoke about the civil war Nov. 28 at The Helfrich Spring Grist Mill, in Whitehall.
The Civil War reenactors and historians are members of the 153rd Pennsylvania's Volunteer Infantry. Their talk was hosted by the Whitehall Historic Preservation Society.
"The common foot soldier carried 70 pounds of equipment, including the riffle, pack and boots," said Neil Coddington. "Now the common soldier was about 5 foot 6 [inches] to 5 foot 7 [inches] and weighed 143 pounds, so he carried nearly half of his weight."
The Ironton Rail-Trail Oversight Commission reported at its recent meeting IRT restored the caboose, now located in West Coplay, Whitehall Township, continues to undergo upgrades.
Arrangements are being made by the commission for the transport of boxcar wheels from the Whitehall Parkway to the Biery Yard, in the back of the historical sign compound fence. This will be the second set for placement near the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor sign at the Saylor Cement kilns in Coplay.
· Woman's Club holiday meeting – 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua.
· Suburban North Family YMCA fourth annual Tree of Lights – 7 p.m., 880 Walnut St., North Catasauqua. Information: 610-264-5221.
· Duplicate Bridge, Invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.
The fog that blanketed the area Sunday morning never dissipated all day, making this tree and the vivid green of the field the only things visible in the afternoon along a section of Blue Mountain Drive in Lehigh Township.
The Northampton Planning Commission will hold its final meeting in a series of public meetings Wednesday, Dec.12. The meeting will cover plans by the Northampton Area School District for a new $80 million middle school.
The anticipated new school will replace the circular pods and would be built on lands just south of the present structure.