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Letters can be sent to Santa

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Barely visible at the Borough of Northampton's Christmas Plaza is a small red-painted mailbox.

Mothers and fathers have helped their children locate the special box, which has "Santa's Mailbox" painted on it in white letters.

Letters dropped into the vintage mailbox do not need stamps or modern transportation in order to reach their destinations – Santa's workshop in the Santa at the North Pole. Santa has dispatched his elves, with the assistance of his reindeers, to collect and deliver the letters.

PPL meter swaps are ongoing, not new

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by NATHANIELJASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Recent rumor of PPL's replacing local residential electric meters by government edict are both completely false and somewhat true.

PPL Spokesman Joe Nixon said in a telephone interview replacement of old meters in favor of new, advanced meters has been ongoing since 2002. About 160,000 old dial meters have been replaced with digital meters, he said, and no longer require nearby radio monitoring because they send information directly back through the electrical system.

Officials honor K-9 'ambassador' Cheyanne

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Cheyanne, a Labrador retriever who died unexpectedly in September, was honored by the Borough of Northampton Monday.

A plaque was placed under an ornamental tree at an island off the Center Street municipal parking lot, next to Affordable Pet Center, Cheyanne's former residence.

Monday's ceremony was the first time in the borough's history for a proclamation naming a day for a canine. Cheyanne, for some, was not just a dog, but rather an animal who touched the lives of hundreds of people, officials said.

NASA scientist tells of work behind Mars rover

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

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.

NASB reorganizes

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

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.

Stroke awareness

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Yevgeniy Isayev, MD..

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.

Differences between Civil War soldiers topic of presentation

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by ANDREW MARK Special to The Press in Local News

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."