You can cross baking off your holiday to-do list and leave the baking to the kitchen staff at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Volunteers there are baking kiffles, Italian cookies, Moravia sugar cakes and chocolate babka and preparing chocolate-covered cherries.
On Saturday, Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas, it all goes on sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the church, located at 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., between Allentown and Bethlehem, 1/4 mile south of Catasauqua Road.
The sale continues on Sunday, Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to noon.
The Suburban North Family YMCA is sponsoring the fourth annual Tree of Lights event on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Y in Catasauqua.
The Tree of Lights is a community-wide fundraising project.
Residents are invited to participate by purchasing a light which will be placed on the tree in front of the YMCA main entrance.
Lights may be purchased in memory of loved ones or in honor of a person or organization.
Tax-deductible contributions of between $10 and $250 are being sought.
President Joe Keglovits reviewed the revised proposed 2013 North Catasauqua borough budget at last Tuesday's borough council meeting.
Council members heard him read aloud the line items with only a few questions or comments and then approved the proposed final $1,441,689 budget unanimously.
A preliminary sewer fund budget of $517,000 was also balanced, reflecting that borough spending for sewer costs will match the sewer fees collected.
With revenues matching expenses, no hike in taxes will be needed to support the spending plan.
The North Catasauqua Borough Council is considering moving its accounts to a new bank after its current bank, Wells Fargo, began charging excessive service charges.
Borough treasurer Annette Englert reported to council members at their Nov. 14 meeting that since Wells Fargo took over Wachovia, service charges for borough accounts have added up to $6,771.
A proposal with a reduced fee schedule presented to her by National Penn KNBT offers the same banking service for what Englert called "very, very minimal charges."
Two Catasauqua girls were honored earlier this month for their accomplishments as Girl Scouts. Rachel Held and Jenna Eberhardt, 13, both received a Silver Award for projects they completed this year, at a ceremony held in Royersford.
Rachel is a member of Cadette Troop 6675 which meets at Salem United Church of Christ, Catasauqua, and Jenna is a member of Cadette Troop 657 which meets at St. John's Mickley's, Whitehall
Each Scout completed a project in order to qualify for the award. Rachel conducted a soccer camp for children and Jenna created exercise videos.
All senior citizens from North Catasauqua and Catasauqua or who belong to a church or organization in North Catasauqua or Catasauqua are invited to the Lions' 24th Annual Holiday Meal on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11:45 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua. The meal is free but the club would appreciate reservations by calling Joe at 610-264-4130. If no answer, please leave a message.
The subject of falling leaves led to a spirited discussion at the Nov. 13 borough council meeting.
Councilman John Yanek opened the discussion, questioning whether public works crews are spending so much time assisting with annual Autumnfest and tree lighting events sponsored by nonborough organizations that they are not able to keep up with clearing piles of leaves raked to the curb for pickup.
North Catasauqua residents may be able to place items to be recycled at the curb for pickup if borough council members vote to approve a hauling contract for next year.
Council members discussed the details of a proposal for curbside recycling pickup in the borough, under consideration when the borough's trash hauling contract is up for renewal at the end of the year, at the Oct. 23 borough council meeting.
Boy Scouts and volunteers from the local Minsi Trails Boy Scout Council will be out Saturday, Nov. 10, collecting nonperishable food for the annual Scouting For Food community food drive.
Door hangers were delivered throughout many area neighborhoods last Saturday, letting residents know about the food drive. For residents who did not get a door hanger, food may be dropped off at any participating area Walmart or Wegmans store, at WFMZ-TV, Bennett Toyota, the United Way of the Lehigh Valley or the Minsi Trails Council office.
Hanover Township employees have been working in the newly constructed municipal building for a number of weeks now. According to discussions reported from township council meetings, a few construction issues remain to be solved before the building is officially complete, however.
An official dedication of the building, on the corner of Grove and Airport roads, as was the old building, has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m.
Township officials are currently drawing up a guest list for the event.