Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Local officials discuss tax reform at MECAB meeting

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Property tax reform and the future of municipal police and fire departments were hot- button issues discussed at the Jan. 29 meeting of the Mid Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs, held at Catasauqua Municipal Complex, 90 Bridge St.

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, in a keynote address and question-and-answer session, spoke on matters of interest to mayors and council members based on their concerns.

McNeill said Democrats were the minority party in Harrisburg, and Republicans have more bills out of committee for vote than Democrats do.

Bury the Hatchet dinner is set

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

The 72nd Bury the Hatchet dinner program for Northampton Area School District and Catasauqua Area School District is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

The event, to prepare for the Thanksgiving Day football classic between the two high school teams, will take on the appearance of a roast as speakers talk of the rivalry in good taste but with a comic twist.

Good Shepherd students return

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by AL RECKER in School

Good Shepherd Catholic School opened its doors Aug. 26 for the start of the 2019-20 academic year, with a curriculum that has advanced in meeting the students’ needs.

Susan Parker is the interim principal of the school, located at 1300 Newport Ave., Northampton.

School enrollment is 197 boys and girls, kindergarten through eighth grade, similar to the past school year. The number could go higher with last-minute enrollments.

Cement museum to open May 12

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will open for its 20th year May 12. The Northampton-based museum, with 3,000 artifacts, has attracted thousands of visitors, both local and abroad, over the two decades.

The museum features a slice of the cement industry history in the region. Its focus is on the once-thriving Atlas Cement Company and its role in the makings of industrial America.

Commission sets IRT events

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission will hold its annual spring historical walk beginning 9 a.m. March 23 on the IRT. The walk — the first of many 2019 events — starts at the Chestnut Street barn, just west of MacArthur Road.

The four-hour leisurely walk has stops for walkers to view historical sites and landmarks, including the first anthracite-fueled iron company and the first Portland Cement Company in America. At least 23 historical sites and landmarks will be presented.

Cement museum reports statistics

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum had a banner year in 2018 with a large mix of students from the Northampton Area School District and representatives from nine foreign countries, various organizations and others visiting the museum on tours.

There were 2,947 students and teachers who attended tours and educational programs. There were another 536 other persons who toured the museum. The total number of museum visitors adds up to 3,483.

Catasauqua, Northampton bury the hatchet before game

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Catasauqua Community Club and Northampton Exchange Club will hold the 71st annual Bury the Hatchet dinner Nov. 20.

The dinner is in preparation for the Turkey Day football game, played each year on Thanksgiving, which pits Catasauqua High School against Northampton Area High School.

This year, the dinner will start 6:30 p.m., with a cocktail hour before, at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

Sacred Heart celebrates 20 years

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.

A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.

Museum to open doors May 13

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

NASD, university students toured in April

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will open at its Northampton site May 13 for the 20th year.

It is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the past and present cement industry with a focus on the once-thriving Atlas Cement Manufacturing Company and others. Since its opening in 2008, thousands of visitors have toured the 1401 Laubach Ave. museum. The building also houses the borough’s administrative offices, council chambers and the police station.