Meet the Staff

Bill Halbfoerster, Editor Emeritus

Bill started working on The Home News back in 1946 at the age of 16, setting type by hand. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, he took over as editor when the former editor, Rev. Reginald Helfferich, left in 1955 to serve as executive church of Church World Service. Bill’s job is more than an editor; he continues to serve as a reporter and photographer for the Bath, Nazareth, and Northampton area at the age of 84. He looks forward to serving our readers’ needs for many years to come.

Catherine Stroh, Associate Publisher

CatherineCatherine has always enjoyed being creative; even as a little kid, she would write short stories and make little photo essays. She graduated from Northern Lehigh High School and received an Associate’s Degree in Communications from LCCC. Not only does she love to write, but she loves reading and photography as well. In her free time, she can be found outdoors bike riding and spending time with her cocker spaniel, Daisy, who takes up the majority of her photo gallery. If she can entertain or inform someone through words or photographs, then she feels as though she has served her purpose.

Christine Stroh, Account Executive


My husband and I both attended Northampton High School and moved to Slatington with our family 26 years ago. While raising our two children, I worked for a local florist. I do enjoy gardening (weather-permitting), reading whenever possible, and baking regularly. I have always enjoyed reading the Town & Country Gazette, now I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of producing it.

Kristy O’ Brien, Account Executive

I amKristy THN PIC a graduate of Warren Hills in Washington, NJ. I moved to Easton, PA with my two children and my fiancé in June of 2015. Subsequently I began working with Innovative Designs and Publishing as an Office Assistant. I helped with The Home News subscriptions for about a year and a half. I was asked to become a Program Assistant September 2016. Then in Feb. 2017 they asked me if I would like to become an Account Executive for The Home News and I gladly accepted! I have many hobbies including painting, karaoke and photography. I love to be creative. I also enjoy motorcycle rides and snowboarding. I am very excited to be a part of The Home News team!

Tony Pisco, Art Director

Tony is a graduate of Penn State University and has been the Art Director for The Home News since November 2008. He is responsible for the look and design of every aspect of the paper. He resides in Northampton with his wife and two sons. Evan’s favorite color is green, while Leo has not yet made up his mind.


Donna Bachman, Accounting Manager

Donna is a graduate of Slatington High School and a resident of Lehigh Township for 34 years. Employed as Accounting Manager with Innovative Designs & Publishing, Inc. As part of the THN team, the accounting division handles all the monthly invoicing and processing of all account receivable payments. Monthly profit and loss reports are generated for each division as well.