Catasauqua celebrates grand opening
On Saturday, under sunny skies, Catasauqua dedicated its new municipal building.
After the dedication, borough staff members conducted tours of the facility. Most residents came away wowed by the new facility and the design of the building, which houses administrative offices, as well as police, fire and emergency services stations.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder thanked all the contractors and subcontractors who worked diligently to complete the project within budget.
“We still have a few touch-ups, but those are being addressed,” he said after the dedication.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel introduced local dignitaries attending the ceremonies and invited everyone in for a tour of the new building.
After the formal dedication, the borough entertained residents with a Grand Opening Blast.
Food vendors included Full of Crepe with fresh-made crepe creations. Its food truck brought a lot of comments.
“It’s a Chinese dumpling truck that we salvaged out of a junkyard and converted to our food truck,” Ashley Caldwell said.
She and her partner, Lisa Manno, normally hang at the Easton Public Market but have a private lunch spot on Wednesdays in front of the Gas House on Front Street.
Emily Cannon of Stuffed to the Grills said the business closed down a brick-and-mortar location in Bethlehem and went with the food truck full time.
“We go to breweries, weekend festivals and wineries,” she said. “We close in the winter.”
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission was at the party with its Cube. People are encouraged to jot down items on the Cube’s chalkboard for ideas to include in future planning sessions.
Tough solutions are needed for “more unicorns” and “free beer” — two of the wishes posted there. Other less-daunting challenges included suggestions for more bike and hiking trails and lower taxes.
One of the activities offered was rock painting. Now with 3,400 people on the website, Dana Werkheiser started a phenomenon called Lehigh Valley Rocks.
“People paint the rocks and then go hide them,” she said.
Werkheiser protects each work of art with a polyurethane coating. Anyone finding a rock is asked to take a picture of it and post it online and either take the rock home or find it a new hiding spot for it.
“We are working with George Wolf Elementary School in Bath to establish a rock garden featuring the artwork,” she said.
The trend is spreading.
“We had one family sheltering (locally) from Hurricane Irma, and they took their rocks back to Florida,” she said.
Local taverns also celebrated the grand opening with a pub crawl that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.