Northampton Press

Monday, October 21, 2019

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Local News

SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY 12

Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

MONDAY 16

Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.

Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.

TUESDAY 17

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Gary Butko

Mr. Gary Butko was reared in Northampton, graduating from Northampton High School and vo-tech, specializing in masonry, in 1976.

Gary’s first job was with a bricklaying firm, earning $5 an hour. After a few years, he was employed by MCP, a metal company, for 18 years.

When the plant closed, he started his cement career at Lafarge, recalling, “I started on the tire dock, feeding tires into the plant’s kilns, later transferring to the labor gang and the pack house.”

Bath council deems sanitation services bids deficient

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Companies to submit new proposals by Oct. 7; borough on ‘tight timeline’

In an eyebrow-raising surprise at its Sept. 3 meeting, Bath Borough Council deemed all three bids for sanitation services as deficient.

Deficiencies included spill remediation and waste hauling license issues.

All three companies must submit new bids by Oct. 7 when they will be considered at the next council meeting.

“We were surprised by this,” Marena Rasmus, office administrator, said after the meeting. “These are established haulers. Now, we are on a tight timeline.”

Mako to host third annual senior expo Sept. 13 in Cherryville

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Senior citizens residing in the 183rd Legislative District are invited to the third annual free senior expo scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville. The event is sponsored by state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd,

“This event is always very popular and provides valuable information,” Mako said. “Many times, seniors, family members or their caregivers are unsure of resources and opportunities available to assist older residents. This expo brings a variety of resources together all in one place.

VFW finds potential new home

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough council tables hearing fee relief request

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, Northampton, has been invited to house its operations at the Col. John Siegfried homestead, 21st and Canal streets.

The post has been searching for a new home since July when Abra Development, Whitehall, bought the original building at 1204 Main St. Opportunity Behavioral Health, which purchased the Siegfried homestead earlier in the year, has offered space in the building for the VFW to store equipment and hold meetings.

Service is held for Kim Moyer

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

A public memorial service was held Aug. 22 for the late Kim Moyer, the North Catasauqua police chief who died suddenly and unexpectedly July 13 at the age of 68. Moyer was a resident of Northampton Borough.

A large crowd of family, friends and police officers from neighboring municipalities gathered at Catasauqua High School to honor the life and memory of Moyer. The departments of North Catasauqua, Catasauqua, Northampton and Coplay were also joined by the Bethlehem Mounted Police, as well as honor guards from Allentown and Bethlehem departments.

Board addresses news source concerns

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Solicitor responds to question on district’s transgender bathroom policy

Concerns about news sources for students and transgender bathroom use in the district were brought before the Northampton Area School District Board of Education at its Sept. 9 meeting.

“Students are being forced to watch CNN,” Michael Meyers, of Walnutport, claimed.

“It was brought to my attention that you’re promoting a particular news station,” Jerry Pritchard, of Lehigh Township, said. “Why don’t you let the TV go on at home, not in the school district?”

NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik responded that the district is not showing CNN.

FRCA complains about contractors dumping yard waste

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the Allen Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting Aug. 27, Supervisor Dale Hassler introduced a concern from First Regional Compost Authority that contractors doing yard cleanup in the township are dumping their waste at the township facility rather than taking it to the central processing center on Weaversville Road.

“It sounds like a bigger problem than it is,” Hassler claimed. “These are not landscaping contractors that are dumping yard waste at our facility.”