On the last full weekend in June, local ham radio operators gather to work with 40,000 other operators around the world as part of their annual 24-hour preparedness drill.
Members of Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC) set up this year in a pavilion at Bicentennial Park, East Allen Township.
“We pick this weekend because it is when ionization is best,” said Bob Green, of radio station KE3AW. “We set up contacts with other operators and record them.”
Ionization in the atmosphere helps signals travel farther because they can bounce off the atmosphere.
Editor’s note: Correspondent Paul Cmil spoke with Candace Winkler about her recent participation in the North Dakota pipeline protest. Since her return home, the Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit to construct the protested segment of the pipeline under the direction of President Barrack Obama. However, it is understood President-Elect Donald Trump could reverse that decision when he takes office in January. Cmil’s interview took place before the permit was denied.
A number of incidents at the new Innovative Arts Academy Charter School on Howertown Road have been listed on recent reports released by the Catasauqua Police Department.
The new charter school opened its doors Sept. 12, a delayed start after CEO Loraine Petrillo announced her resignation.
She was replaced by Steve Gabryluk, who did not return calls from The Press for comment on the incidents.
An individual fielding calls for the school said Gabryluk was not available and there was no one appointed to handle community inquiries.
State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, called a town hall meeting at Whitehall High School Feb. 24 to highlight the increased levels of heroin addiction in the Lehigh Valley. Two hundred-plus interested residents attended.
A host of speakers presented brief speeches on their role in combating the epidemic of heroin abuse.
“Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no one in the county jail who is there because of his addiction,” Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. “Our goal is to get those with an addiction into a rehab facility.”
Catasauqua business owner David Molony officially announced his candidacy for representative of the 133rd Legislative District at a Feb. 23 kickoff meeting. During the meeting with his campaign supporters, Molony, a nationally recognized acupuncture specialist and Chinese medicine practitioner, gave a short speech outlining his agenda.
Deed restrictions that have been holding up the construction of a FedEx warehouse hub in Allen Township are expected to be resolved, according to Hanover Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton.
Local residents Patricia Yost and Emily Zacharda have been appointed by Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder as co-directors of the George Taylor House, the borough's national historical landmark building.
Council approved the positions at its January meeting.
"The borough wants to try different events at the George Taylor House and bolster its presence in the Lehigh Valley," Goldfeder said.
According to Zacharda, a number of events are planned in the future.
Hanover Township residents, especially those involved in its governance, are mourning the loss of township Engineer Fredrick Hay, who died Jan. 9.
At its meeting Jan. 12, Hanover Township Council observed a moment of silence in his memory. It was an unexpected passing for the longtime, long-term official, who was 60 years old.