Catasauqua Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

N. Catty park features fun-filled summer of events

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

From whistles on the basketball court, to the ping of baseball bats, to Latin music from the band stage — these are the sounds you hear at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park on a summer night that always create an eclectic melody.

During a three-month stretch from late May through late August, the North Catasauqua park simultaneously hosts volleyball, basketball, baseball and cheerleading, in addition to borough-sponsored family nights and concerts.

EPC, Colonial split in all-star soccer games

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Colonial League and East Penn Conference split their doubleheader in the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation All-Star Soccer Classic on Sunday, June 3, at Salisbury High School.

The EPC girls were victorious by a score of 4-1 in the opener, with the Colonial League boys winning the second leg 2-1.

Pleasant Valley’s Morgan Covart got the EPC girls on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the contest with a long-range shot that curled into the right side of the net.

New laws imposed for golf carts, ATVs

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

N. Catty police, borough will strictly enforce rules

The North Catasauqua Police Department will be keeping a close eye on golf cart and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) usage in the borough, following updated laws from the state of Pennsylvania.

The new laws prevent anyone under the age of 12 from operating a golf cart or ATV. Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16 must have adult supervision when crossing streets from one property to another. Emergency personnel are permitted to use ATVs in the streets to respond to calls if the vehicle has lights and a siren.

Area celebrates Barkley to Giants

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.

In an interview with, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (Mayfield) I told our guys, ‘Don’t even waste your time. We’re taking Saquon and we’re going to run’.”

North Catty council approves replacing aging trees

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

North Catasauqua Borough Council approved the removal of four aging trees surrounding North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park at its April 16 meeting.

The old trees will be replaced by new maple trees that are scheduled to be planted in the upcoming weeks. Funds for the removal of the old trees and planting of the new ones were covered by a surplus from the borough’s snow removal fund.

Kuhar shining for CHS softball

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

At the start of the 2018 season, Catasauqua’s softball roster had 16 players listed. Half of them are freshmen.

With that kind of inexperience at the varsity level, Coach Bobby Thomas knew there would be growing pains and plenty of opportunities for younger players to earn playing time.

“It’s on-the-job training for a lot of them. We have a lot of young kids, they just don’t have a great deal of experience,” Thomas said.

One player that has earned a spot in the lineup in a unique way is freshman Erica Kuhar.

Progress is made on 2nd St. houses

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Weather woes are affecting work timeline

Weather complications and permit delays have slowed the construction timeline at 1020 and 1022 Second St., but North Catasauqua Borough Council is satisfied with the progress that is being shown.

As part of the agreement that was signed at the Feb. 19 council meeting, property owner Hyoungjoon Park vowed to have all structural issues addressed by March 22 and the sinkhole filled by April 1.

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

North Catty couple seeks reimbursement from council

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

A sewer blockage on Howertown Road left one North Catasauqua couple with some damaged goods and a hefty invoice.

Robert and Barbara Shipe attended the March 19 borough council meeting with hopes of seeking reimbursement for ServiceMaster charges that totaled $1,090.07. Water entered the couple’s basement through a floor drain after the sewer line at Howertown Road and Seventh Street became clogged.

Robert Shipe said the couple lost a couple of rugs, including a 10-by-16-foot area rug.

N. Catty partners with Northampton on new paver

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Borough officials estimate cost would be recouped after just 2 projects

North Catasauqua Borough Council voted to approve a proposed agreement with Northampton that would allow the two boroughs to share the use of a new road paver.

At its March 5 meeting, council agreed to send Northampton $60,000 toward the purchase of a new road paver. In exchange, North Catasauqua will be able to use the paver for its own projects within the borough.

The money will be taken from North Catasauqua’s cell tower fund, which had $275,000 marked for road repairs.