At Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, supporting your neighbors means not only serving the spiritual needs of the community, but also the social and physical needs of your neighbors. Following the lead of Pastor Brian Riedy, Holy Trinity’s church family has spent the last two years getting to know Catasauqua residents and community leaders.
You may have seen their faces the past two summers when church members distributed bag lunches at Catasauqua Park & Playground and North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park.
Blue Monkey Sports Bar and Restaurant, 1094 Howertown Road, North Catasauqua, does not have dine-in service at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the restaurant is offering its menu items for takeout.
For friends of the tavern who are craving a taste of their favorites, the owners added a little levity.
Larry, the T. rex guy, was on hand March 19 for all the take-out order distributions. Tyrannosaurus rexes are not affected by the virus, it was reported.
COVID-19 seems to have slowed activity to a standstill around the Lehigh Valley. Each township is having its own look at how to handle the situation.
Hanover Township has closed all public facilities, including the park areas.
Hanover has also canceled its popular Easter egg hunt, a fundraiser for Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Department.
The township is largely a business district, and most of the businesses are following their corporate guidelines. Public gathering places are following the restrictions set up by the state.
Chef Fred Knauss and sous chef Brian Reidy, pastor of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, gathered up their kitchen staff for a pork and sauerkraut fundraiser Feb. 8 at the 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, church.
Tradition has long held that each year should start with pork and sauerkraut to “kill the bugs.”
The newest science of microbiology and gut biosphere recommends fermented foods as essential to your health.
The crew had three seatings, take-out orders and a whole stack of five-star reviews.
The proceeds benefited the Public Library of Catasauqua.
When Lisa Haynos and her chef partner, Manuel Castaneda, took over the former Hill’s Restaurant, 215 Bridge St., Catasauqua, they had every intention of making the restaurant a success. The couple brought in former customers and added new ones. They named their business Bridge Street Family Restaurant.
“A lot of our customers came over from Northampton,” Haynos said.
When the landlord wanted to increase the rent, Haynos was dismayed, worrying her margins would be impacted.
At its regular meeting March 4, Hanover Township Council held a public hearing on a measure to reduce turns by trucks with trailers at the intersection of Lloyd and Irving streets. Council approved the measure, and there was much discussion.
As pointed out by township Manager Melissa Wehr, trucks that come down Lloyd Street would need to travel down to the cul-de-sac at the end of the road, where making a turn will be difficult. The frustration from residents is that trucks, other than local delivery vehicles, are not permitted on Lloyd Street.
Catasauqua Fire Department responded to a fire in the 200 block of Second Street Feb. 24.
Neighbors reported smelling smoke outside around 10 a.m. Crews responded to an alarm around noon.
According to personnel, the owner of the building left for work earlier in the morning while the dryer was on.
The house was locked, so firefighters had to take proper action to enter and extinguish the flames. As a result, the door sustained damage. The basement was aired out, department members said.
The first Monday of every month, Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua, holds a lunch with a variety of homemade goodies.
Gail Pileggi gets her crew together about an hour before it starts.
“We have a lot of fun doing this. We found that Monday works well because there is always something happening on the weekends,” she said.
The Feb. 3 event brought out residents to enjoy the free community lunch.
Hanover Township has appointed Melissa Wehr as its new township manager. She replaces Christopher Garges, who moved on to fill an opening in North Whitehall Township.
Wehr gained her experience in municipal government as a zoning and codes officer in Whitehall Township.
“I am excited to be in Hanover. I have an excellent staff to support me,” she said.
The Saturday nearest Valentine’s Day is always reserved for Salem United Church of Christ in Catasauqua to have its soup, salad and sweets event. This year’s event was held Feb. 15.
Guests get to relax and are served by the girls from Girl Scout Troop 6955.
The Scouts meet at the church and use it for activities.
The church offers a take-out option that is a bargain — a salad with two soups and all the sweets you can fit in the carton.
Next up is the meatloaf dinner. There is a take-out option available for this meal as well.