The North Catasauqua public works crew, normally three employees, was reduced to one recently when part-time employee Jim Englert was out of commission for a scheduled surgery and full-time employee Tom Kish was injured on the job. The remaining crew member, Michele Romito, attended the Feb. 24 council meeting to discuss temporary measures for covering the workload and coverage of pump station alarms when she is not available.
"We cannot expect you to be here 24 hours a day," council President Joe Keglovits said.
Complaints following recent snowfalls posted by North Catasauqua residents using social media have caused a stir among a few borough council members.
Cherie Gebhardt opened a discussion of some Facebook postings at the Feb. 24 borough council meeting.
"It's very irritating," said Gebhardt. Before she could explain further, Council President Joe Keglovits took over what Gebhardt described as her "rant."
Three Catasauqua High School students took home medals at the District 11 SkillsUSA Championships held Feb. 4 in the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds. All of them are also students at Lehigh Career & Technology Institute.
CHS junior Julian Kingsley won first-place honors in the web design competition.
He will go on to compete with other district winners in the 2015 SkillsUSA State Championship April 8-10 in Hershey.
Ninety area public school students were selected to participate in the 2015 Lehigh County Chorus Festival Feb. 7. The concert was held at Whitehall High School this year.
At the county chorus event, a select group of students represents each of the seven participating schools.
From Catasauqua High School, five sopranos, two altos four tenors and two basses performed with the chorus. They were:
· Sopranos: Ashlee Boyko, Krystaglynn Roberts, Vina Aguirre, Marissa Hernandez and Amber Shook
· Altos: Samantha Diaz and Amber Labezius
When the North Catasauqua Emergency Management moved upstairs in the municipal building, EMS personnel found the computer located in the office space they are sharing was not adequate for their needs.
Borough treasurer Annette Englert reported the problem to borough council members at their Jan. 27 meeting.
At an earlier meeting, the EMS team's move from the fire department space to a desk, computer and filing cabinet in the main borough office was approved, as space was getting to be uncomfortabley tight in the fire department offfice.
Celebrating Shrove Tuesday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave., Allentown, will be hosting a pancake supper on Feb. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Children under the age of 3 eat free. Pancakes, sausage, applesauce and a beverage are included. The meal will be served downstairs, in the accessible parish hall. Proceeds benefit the ministry of the church.
St. Andrew's is located two blocks south of Catasauqua Road. Turn from Pennsylvania Avenue onto Taft Street to enter the parking lot.
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The Borough of North Catasauqua has finally received an offer for the fire department's old fire truck. The borough had put the truck on the market 15 months ago, as a new ladder truck was in the final stages of construction.
North Catasauqua Borough Council President Joe Keglovits told council members at their Jan. 13 meeting the offer came from the Glenmoor Volunteer Fire Department Association in Ohio for $35,000.
This was the amount the borough had been asking for.
The sale was promoted by Fire Line Equipment, a broker who specializes in the sale of fire vehicles.
A master list of committee members and volunteers who access the North Catasauqua Borough municipal building for their meetings and volunteer work will be compiled soon.
Councilman John Yanek suggested compiling the list at the Jan. 13 borough council meeting. He is creating an information form that committee members, volunteers and We Sing members will fill out, just so everyone who uses the municipal building on a regular basis is identified and the information is easily accessible when needed.
Folks seem to be focusing on shoveling snow this week, and not making many plans for venturing out except to go to work. A number of area muncipal meetings have been canceled or rescheduled.
The Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., will have a half-price sale on all adult clothing and shoes through Saturday, Jan. 31. Donations of good used clean clothing are gratefully accepted during store operation hours which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Calvary Wesleyan Church is hosting Christian contemporary praise and rock music in a program for all ages Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m., at the church. A freewill offering will be taken during this Friday Nite Live at Calvary concert. The church is located at 1414 Pennsylvania Ave., off Catasauqua Road.
Featured will be two bands named Second Chances and the B-Additudes.
Contact Dawn Wegfahrt at 610-866-1388 for information.