Northampton Press

Monday, April 23, 2018

The postage rush

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

When postal rates increase, there is a collective groan! Remember when you thumbed through your pile of stamps to find the exact postage for your mail? Thankfully, the dilemma for some of us was solved by the Forever Stamp, a great improvement from the past.

I found an old column written by my good friend Al Recker more than 15 years ago. It is very enjoyable, so we thought we would share it with you.

Fifteen years ago, the 37-cent stamp made an appearance at our post offices...

Council approves N.J. company for sewer sludge removal

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Northampton Borough Council approved a new company for handling the disposal of dewatered sewer sludge from its sewer treatment plant.

Bids for a new three-year contract were opened at the April 5 borough council meeting. The contract with the current provider, Waste Management, expires April 30.

The low bidder for removing 3,000 tons of sludge is LMR Disposal of Alpha, N.J. Waste Management bid $316,940, and Solid Waste Services (J.P. Mascaro) bid $322,435.


Middle school students excel at science fair

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Northampton Area Middle School’s third annual science fair was held March 24 in the school cafeteria. There were 10 total winners this year.

Representing sixth grade was Logan Reppert with his project titled “Tadpole Growth,” Abigail Enstrom and Courtney Renson with “Homopolar Motors” and Rachel Kemmerer and Anna Herbert with “Mealworm Meals.” Seventh-graders Samreen-Joy Minhas and Annabel Marie Pyne analyzed whether or not movies are the same without the music, and Ashlee Kitzhoffer...

Dent to leave office early

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by The Press in Local News

U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, has announced he will soon be leaving Congress.

“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said. “Serving the people of the 15th Congressional District has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington.

“Actively engaging in the legislative...


Monday, April 16, 2018 by The Press in Columns


• Open house, 6-8 p.m., at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., Fullerton. Information or to schedule a tour of the church’s learning center: 610-443-0254 or

• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339

• Coplay Lions Club meeting, 7:15 p.m., at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St....

Council debates rental ordinance

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Northampton Borough Council members differ on the necessity of imposing a new rental property ordinance.

Councilman Robert McHale had provided the current draft of the ordinance to council members for review at the March 15 council meeting, with discussion of the draft on the April 5 council meeting agenda.

At the meeting, Councilwoman Julia Kutzler offered an impassioned plea for the passage of the ordinance, in support of the low-income families who reside in rental units....

Bath council member, fire chief resign

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

In a tumultuous night at the April 2 Bath Borough Council meeting, a council member vacated her office and a beloved fire chief resigned. A new council member was appointed via a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, and the search for a new chief began.

Freshman legislator Cynthia Anderson resigned to take a position with the Nazareth-Bath Regional Chamber of Commerce. She said she will miss the experience as a member of Bath Borough Council.

When asked about the best thing about...

Golden Cement Bag

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

John “Jack” E. Harhart was accorded the Borough of Northampton’s coveted Golden Cement Bag award in recognition of his decades of service as a volunteer in community programs.

Harhart, 72, was the recipient of the prestigious honor at an annual dinner meeting/banquet, held last month at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

The program, which recognizes persons for their unselfish service to the community, was initiated in 2001 by Northampton Borough Council...

Election Policy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

As we approach the May 15 General Primary Election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is this April 12 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by...

Northampton: Spring tea to be held April 29

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Quota Club International of Northampton is sponsoring a women’s spring tea 1-4 p.m. April 29 at Weaversville Inn, 6916 Weaversville Road.

This event will include the luncheon, a silent auction and a fashion show presented by Dress Barn.

Proceeds will benefit the scholarship program for speech and hearing studies.

For cost, reservations and other information, call Kelly Frantz at 610-262-7826 or Anita Achey at 610-262-0623.


The 2018 Festival of Bands...