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Fire damages Lehigh Township home

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

A mansion-style home in Lehigh Township was damaged by a fire Feb. 6.

Township Fire Chief Richard Hildebrand said the fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. at the 311 Mulberry Drive home.

When firefighters arrived, Hildebrand said they encountered a fire inside the home that was through the roof and in the walls and the attic of the fireplace area.

He said the homeowners were home at the time, and there were no known injuries at this time.

Northampton council remains firm on sewer fees

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council refused to budge from the required $5,070-per-unit sewer tap-in fee that has been in place for more than two decades, following a request from the owner of the former Catholic War Veterans Post 454, 14th Street and Washington Avenue, who sought a reduction in the rate.

Council unanimously rejected, without comment, MGMJ Holding Company’s appeal to lower the sewer tap-in fee at its Feb. 7 meeting.

Ready for snow with new plow

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD Board of Education approves plans for purchase of pickup truck

The snow must go on.

And soon, a new snowplow will be at the ready in Northampton Area School District.

Before the Feb. 11 NASD Board of Education meeting got underway, a winter storm warning issued through Tuesday night forced NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik to announce the cancellation of Feb. 12 classes. At the meeting, plans to purchase a snowplow truck moved into high gear.

“We have to act on the truck sooner than later,” Kovalchik said.

“Can you get it by tomorrow?” Kovalchik quipped to NASD Director of Operations Robert J. Yanders.

Morganelli announces candidacy for county judge seat

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

John Morganelli announced in November 2018 he would not be seeking another term as Northampton County district attorney.

“I felt at that time that I had achieved all the goals that I set out to achieve, and after 27 years, it was time for me to consider some new challenges,” he said.

Morganelli has decided to make a run for the open seat in the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Bruce Keim

Mr. Bruce Keim was raised in Bethlehem, graduating in 1972 from Liberty High School, where he was a member of the track and field team. One of his favorite teachers was Mr. George Pavlinski, who taught math and motivated the students.

Upon graduating, he enrolled at Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. During the summer, he was employed at Bethlehem Steel, where his father and relatives were employed.

Traffic, parking issues addressed at Bath meeting

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Officials: Action limited on state-owned roads

During the Feb. 4 Bath Borough Council meeting, a resident commented about traffic congestion in the borough.

“The traffic is horrendous,” said Bath resident Nancy McGaughran. “There’s gonna be an accident, especially around rush hour. Something should be done. It’s every day.”

McGaughran’s statements were endorsed by many residents present.

Council President Mark Saginario replied that there is not much borough officials can do because the five highways intersecting Bath are state-maintained roadways.

Burst pipe forces evacuation

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Sacred Heart residents staying at nearby facilities, with family

Approximately 90 residents of Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, 602 E. 21st St., Northampton, were forced to evacuate their residences and leave the grounds Feb. 2 after a burst pipe flooded one of the buildings’ floors.

“I got my first call around 3 o’clock,” Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said of hearing about the incident, classified by emergency responders as a mass casualty incident.

Brobst said he was kept apprised of the situation by officials who were already on the scene.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News



East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.


Northampton Area School Board meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the administration building, 2014 Laubach Ave.

Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


Community watch group discussed

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Bath Borough took another step forward in organizing a neighborhood watch group. Residents crowded into council chambers to attend a meeting Jan. 16 on the issue.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Nathan Branosky kicked off the meeting with a guest speaker, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.

Morganelli mentioned the watch group is an important factor and effort in creating community safety.

“I like that these groups are put together by the local community. I am a big believer in these groups starting through local effort,” he said.