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PPL meter swaps are ongoing, not new

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by NATHANIELJASTRZEMSKI in Local News

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 tells of work behind Mars rover

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

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.

Stroke awareness

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Yevgeniy Isayev, MD..

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.

Coplay still smoldering

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Local News

Council to seek new fire chief

Over objections from its firefighters, Coplay Borough Council voted to advertise for a new volunteer fire chief.

Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. opposed the motion. Councilmen Matthew Recker and Michael Mazur were absent. Councilmen Charles Sodl, David Royer, Lou Bodish and Joseph Groller voted in favor.

During last week's workshop, Sodl read a letter to council from fire Chief David Buskaritz announcing his resignation as chief and retirement from firefighting effective Jan. 1.

Coplay officials debate existence of tree commission

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Local News

The Coplay Borough Shade Tree Commission lost its proposed 2013 funding, it was announced Tuesday night.

At council's regular meeting, Councilman Joseph Groller, who serves as finance committee chairman, listed several line item changes to the borough's proposed $1.98 million spending plan for 2013.

Among them was the elimination of $3,500 in funding for the shade tree commission – the actual existence of which is being debated by Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. and Mayor Joseph Bundra.

Street projects to begin in 2013

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township has eight street reconstruction projects lined up for 2013.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. indicated the proposed road projects include the following:

· Fairview Street (Fifth to Second Street) in West Catasauqua, $109,206.

· Lincoln Avenue (Miller to Bridge) in West Catasauqua, $12,900.

· Calvert Street (Fifth to start of cul-de-sac) in Fullerton, $51,394.

· Ruch Street (Chestnut to Center) in Stiles, Whitehall portion, $39,720.

· Peachtree Circle (Madison to return back to Robert Street), $152,483, base repair $34,080.