The Northampton Area School District is receiving a $100,000-plus windfall, thanks to the thriftiness of the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School.
NASD will be reimbursed $108,640 as part of a distribution of excess BAVTS funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, school board President David Gogel announced at the Oct. 8 meeting.
The BAVTS $400,000 disbursement, approved at its Oct. 2 meeting, also includes $254,840 for Bethlehem Area School District and $36,520 for Saucon Valley School District.
The Northampton Exchange Club, which sponsors several community events throughout the year such as the Jack Frost Parade and Community Days at the park, is adding another program to its calendar.
The Exchange Club's board will sponsor a Christmas Home Decorating Contest in the borough this year.
Frank Marakovits will serve as chairman of the holiday decorating committee. Serving with Marakovits on the committee are Rodger Berg, John McKenzie, Linda McKenzie and Harold Schisler.
There was no talk of the contentious proposed Dumpster Screen Ordinance at the last Bath Borough Council meeting, even though it was on the agenda under "Correspondence to council" as "Dumpster update."
Borough officials did not mention the ordinance because it was discussed at a public borough workshop meeting Sept. 25. However, that didn't stop James Pasquariello from sitting through Monday evening's meeting.
The Northampton Class of 1952 holds a reunion.
The Allen Board of Supervisors meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
The Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Bath Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.
The Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.
· Whitehall Township Fall Parade – 7 p.m. beginning in West Catasauqua at First Avenue and Church Street, then to Third Street in Fullerton, right unto Jefferson Street and ending at the Fullerton Memorial Playground behind Toys R Us. Information: 610-437-5524. ext. 135 or 165.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
Northampton Borough Council at its meeting last Thursday ensured seniors the borough will provide the necessary accommodations to get free assistance for them to prepare their federal and state income tax returns.
Council granted permission to the AARP to use the multipurpose room at the Northampton Recreation Center on Lerchenmiller Drive to provide the service to seniors.
AARP will have trained, certified tax preparers at the site 9 a.m.-1 p.m.every Monday Feb. 4 through April 15.
Ralph Ferullo has a job.
However, because he has been home caring for his son, Alec, 18, he hasn't collected a paycheck in three months. And he doesn't expect to get one for the next three months, either.
Alec, who has a terminal form of brain cancer, is expected to live only a few more weeks.
"If he's still here like this in seven weeks, I can't go back," said Ralph, a respiratory therapist with Kindred Hospital in Easton. If he is unable to return to work before his leave ends, he may no longer have a job at all.
Autumn may be the season for mums but, in the 2300 block of Main Street, A 12-foot sunflower plant with multiple flowers is attracting a lot of attention. Residents John and Barbara Pedersen marvel at the sunflower, which they did not plant. It grew in a small plot in their yard, probably from a seed produced by the much smaller sunflower that grew there last year. At first, the Pedersens said, people in the neighborhood watching it grow thought it could be a tomato or some kind of vegetable. However, it surprised everyone.
Death is a fact of life.
Most people don't like to think about it, but they should take several steps to prepare for the inevitable.
Those steps were the topic of a seminar hosted by Rev. Dr. Becky J. Beckwith, senior pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ in Fullerton, Sept. 20.
Guest speakers Rev. Nancy Adams, coordinator of pastoral care at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, and Jay Gilbert, funeral director, addressed the legal procedures necessary to prepare for death.