At the workshop session May 29, Catasauqua Borough Council took time before business to honor Scott Rothrock.
The retired Catasauqua police officer was injured in the line of duty in 2015 while chasing down a perpetrator. Rothrock was stabbed several times during his struggle to subdue Jerome Nichols, who had stabbed his girlfriend in Allentown. Nichols was shot by fellow Officer Donald Stratton.
Rothrock’s story is well known as he was honored as a Hometown Hero by David Jaindl’s A-Treat beverage company earlier this year.
A developer approached Hanover council with a unique proposition at council’s meeting June 6.
Next to the Knight’s Inn, close to Airport Center Mall, sits a vacant piece of property. The developer wants to put in an indoor sky diving facility.
Essentially, indoor sky diving is a way to experience some thrills of sky diving with limited risk. A wind tunnel is used to simulate sky diving.
The system is installed in six locations primarily on the East Coast, with the closest one in Philadelphia at King of Prussia Mall.
Lester Ettl took to the podium at Catasauqua Borough Council’s meeting June 4 to discuss needed improvements along Chestnut Street.
Councilman Brian Bartholomew, acting as president for this meeting, explained that Chestnut was on the list of streets to be paved this year. Bartholomew is also chair of the public works committee.
Bartholomew and public works Supervisor Jeff MacHose prepared a list of road projects and set a priority to each. Street projects are bid and completed in order of their priority until the budget is exhausted. Chestnut Street is high on the list.
Ever wonder where all the Easter baskets wind up? One spot might be the basket raffle at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua. Every year before the celebrated Victorian High Tea social, the church raises money for its active community outreach programs.
At this raffle, held April 27, there were 110 baskets, along with gift cards and unique items. The grand prizes were a rocking chair and a vacuum cleaner.
Members of Main Streets, Catasauqua’s business owners association, met for their quarterly meeting May 31 at the new Taylor House Brewing Company, on Lehigh Street, across from the George Taylor House.
“Every quarter, we have a formal meeting at a local business,” Kimberly Brubaker, the association’s president, said. “This meeting was special because it was the night before Taylor House Brewing would be open to the public.”
Taylor House Brewing Company owners Fred and Annette Pompa talked at length about the trials and tribulations of starting their new business.
At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting May 16, Chairman Bruce Paulus announced that council meetings would be recorded.
“We are doing it primarily so we have accurate minutes,” he said.
Some townships have the audio portion of the meetings available to the public, but no decision was made on releasing the recordings to an at-large audience.
Township Manager Christopher Garges gave the latest update on road improvements.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session May 29, Cameron Smith approached council to express his concern about both proposed expansion plans recently released by Lehigh Valley International Airport and the potential for increased traffic on Race Street.
Smith alleged schools could be taken if the airport is expanded as a cargo hub. The borough does have a representative on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and Christine Weaver has reviewed the proposals made and did not find major impact on Catasauqua.
American Legion bike riders revved their 100-plus engines and rode into town April 20.
“This isn’t a motorcycle club; we are just American Legion members who like to get out and ride,” said Rich Scherb, who organized the stop at Catasauqua’s Post 215. “For the most part, everyone knows each other.”
Scherb led the group with his 2014 Harley Davidson Street Glide.
According to Scherb, the organization finds a veteran in need of assistance and helps them.
Councilwoman Christine Weaver is working to get Catasauqua council members to agree on a ticketing ordinance.
Council has enough votes to pass the measure by a 4 to 3 vote. A veto by Mayor Barbara Schlegel would, however, put the measure out of reach. Council President Vincent Smith would like to see a more convincing vote from council.
The ticketing ordinance is designed to give the borough an effective way to motivate residents to keep up with maintenance items that may detract from the appearance of the borough.
The Gas House Dance Hall hosts a monthly burlesque review. The House of Knight burlesque group is one of the three reviews in the area, and its performers are returning to the 311 Front St., Catasauqua, venue May 19.
Burlesque has a literary definition used when there is a comical exaggeration of a norm. The more standard definition is an earthy comedy routine with short skits and often a strip tease.
The revue at the Gas House throws out the literary definition. There are some good lines: “If you’re happy and you know it … it’s your meds.”