Over the past four years, Coplay Borough has paid $78,265.63 in interest on loans.
This information comes from documents obtained Dec. 13 through a right-to-know request. The Press filed the request after borough Secretary-Treasurer Sandra Gyecsek deferred all questions on the 2013 budget to Councilman Joseph Groller, who did not return phone calls.
The amount paid in interest since 2009 would have been enough to offset the $31 average tax increase that comes with the 2013 budget, approved by council Dec. 17.
Rain didn't stop the Girl Scouts in the River's Edge Service unit from delivering Christmas music to the residents of Coplay in exchange for nonperishable food donations for the Coplay Food Bank Dec. 9. Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette troops from both the Catasauqua and Whitehall area equally divided the Coplay streets on foot, carrying bags and pulling wagons which they hoped to have filled with donations by the end of the day. After they were done caroling they were treated to cookies and hot chocolate and a visit from Santa at Trinity United Church of Christ in Coplay.
True to their school's name, students dug through soil horizons and found artifacts representing what could have been seven generations of life at the historic 1803 House.
In preparation for a future herb garden, sixth- and seventh-grade students at Seven Generations Charter School excavated next to one of Emmaus' treasured historic landmarks with an archeological dig.
Educational specialist and middle school Spanish teacher Ryan Loughren guided the students using the Pythagorean theorem to map out a five-site grid marking the four corners and middle of the planned garden.
· Station 36 assisted Emergency Medical Services with lifting at 1051 N. Sixth St., 1:29 a.m.
· Stations 35, 36, 38, and 39 responded to a report of a fryer on fire at Weis Market, 3644 MacArthur Road, store filled with smoke, 6:58 a.m.
· Stations 2, 18 and 36 provided mutual aid to the Catasauqua Fire Department, 335 Howertown Road, found to be a skunk smell, 5:04 a.m.
· A motor vehicle accident with a spill at 4223 Main St. brought out Stations 35 and 39, 2:05 a.m.
The Lehigh County Coroner's Office is searching for the next of kin for Raymond Rudd Sr.
Rudd, 52, of 122 N. 11th St., Allentown, died Dec. 8 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown.
Anyone having information about his relatives is asked to contact the Lehigh County Coroner's Office at 610-782-3426.
Recent rumor of PPL's replacing local residential electric meters by government edict are both completely false and somewhat true.
PPL Spokesman Joe Nixon said in a telephone interview replacement of old meters in favor of new, advanced meters has been ongoing since 2002. About 160,000 old dial meters have been replaced with digital meters, he said, and no longer require nearby radio monitoring because they send information directly back through the electrical system.
NASA scientist Jennifer Stern, Ph.D., brought the story of the mission of the latest Mars robotic probe, Curiosity, to an enthusiastic audience at Alumnae Hall on the Cedar Crest College campus Nov. 15.
She detailed the development of the "Mini-Cooper-sized" craft and its 354 million mile journey from earth to a small landing site on the red planet. She enthusiastically reported the project is exceeding all expectations as it searches for signs of "habitability" on the distant planet.
Q: What is a stroke?
A: There are two types of strokes; the first type, called an ischemic stroke, occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of the brain due to a blocked blood vessel. The other type, from a ruptured blood vessel, is called hemorrhagic stroke.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Stroke symptoms begin suddenly. You may have one or more of these symptoms: weakness or loss of feeling on one side of your face, arm or leg; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; difficulty talking; slurred speech; or problems understanding others.