Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Editor’s View

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

The reality of author George Orwell’s “1984” hit me one night when I coughed while sleeping.

A voice from my smartphone, which was on a nearby table, replied to the sound I had just made saying it was sorry, but it did not understand what I had just said.

The phone had been listening to me just like the telescreens of Orwell’s dystopian novel.

Egads! I wonder if I ever talked in my sleep.

Well aware smartphones, telephones and other electronic devices can be and...

Doing good deeds for the community

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

On Feb. 11, local members of Quota International gathered at Northampton Banquet & Event Center and celebrated 100 years of Quota International.

Quota International is currently in 14 countries with more than 3,000 members.

The 17 members of Quota of Northampton continue the idea of bringing various talents, professions and ideas to help the needs of the hearing impaired, the deaf and disadvantaged women and children in the Northampton area.

In October 2018, Quota...

Bath: Gun club to hold basket social

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Petersville Rod & Gun Club, 550 Club Road, will be having a basket social 4:30-9 p.m. March 29 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 30 and 31. The drawing will be 4 p.m. March 31.

The event is sponsored by Dream Come True to benefit chronically and terminally ill children.

For more information, call 610-261-2210 after 4 p.m.


Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church, 3175 Valley View Drive, will be having a cleanup day March 30. Start time is 9 a.m.

It’s time to spruce up the...

Moore will fix faulty Countryside systems

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

A developer who completed a project approximately 10 years ago is a focus of a controversy over the quality of infiltration systems construction at Countryside Manor in Moore Township. A number of residents came to the March 5 meeting of the township board of supervisors in search of answers.

Trina Carter, a Countryside Manor resident, told The Press before the meeting that residents want to know who is responsible for the needed repairs. According to Carter, it is not clear if the...

Open houses at two locations to be held April 6, 13

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by The Press in School

Northampton Community College

Learn about the many fields of study and vibrant student life offered at Northampton Community College at the upcoming open houses.

The Monroe campus, 2411 PA-715, Tannersville, open house starts 10 a.m. April 6 and the Bethlehem campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, event begins 10 a.m. April 13.

Find out how you can join a dynamic college community without breaking the bank. Talk with faculty members in the programs you are interested in, take a...


Monday, March 25, 2019 by The Press in Columns


• Gentle chair yoga, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at Whitehall Active Community Center, 2301 Pine St., West Catasauqua. The class will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 30. Information, registration and cost: 610-437-3700

• Walk This Way to Better Health walking club (organized by East Allen Township Parks & Recreation), 10-11 a.m., at Bicentennial Park West, Colony Drive. The program will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information: Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961,...

Much in store for the farmers market

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Farmers Market approaches its opening in May with major changes — providing not just shopping for produce and other items, but also a destination of sorts. Northampton Borough Council, at its Feb. 21 meeting, was given a glimpse of what the outdoor market has in store.

Victor Rodite, community planner, whose idea for a farmers market blossomed into reality, is stepping aside and going to concentrate his time on writing grant applications. Councilman Robert McHale said this...

Silver trophy finds new home

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A long-lost sports trophy that has resurfaced will be placed in one of the display cases in Northampton Area High School.

Robert J. Yanders, Northampton Area School District director of operations, and Robert Mentzell, school director, presented the silver trophy to Joseph S. Kovalchik, NASD superintendent of schools, at the March 11 board of education meeting.

“It’s been in the maintenance building for a long time,” Yanders said.

“It’s not a Frantz trophy, is it?”...

Keystone seeks switch to natural gas

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Robert Toedter, of RT Consulting, discussed changes taking place at the Keystone Cement plant during the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 13.

As Toedter explained, Keystone has an option to fire its plant using natural gas rather than coal.

“All of our coal is brought in by truck. By choosing this option, we remove 3,000 trucks — that’s 6,000 trips per year,” he said. “It will reduce emissions in the area.”

The plant burns 60,000 tons of coal a year...

Bus driver’s hearing scheduled for April

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

The preliminary hearing for Lori Ann Mankos, 44, of Walnutport, is scheduled for April 25.

Mankos has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with driving under the influence, reckless driving, careless driving and 26 counts of endangering the welfare of children after allegedly abandoning the Northampton Area School District students she was driving at a Sunoco in Bath March 1. The First Student bus driver reportedly handed the keys to the gas station employee before walking away...