Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church held a Blessing of Angels ceremony at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St., Sept. 8. This is the second year for the event.
“It helps those of us who have friends that are ailing to get the prayers they need to feel better,” Pastor Brian Riedy said of the ceremony.
This year, Dan O’Donnell, of O’Donnell Funeral Homes, sponsored the event. Susan Alexander, of Soul Creations Fly, supplied the crafts.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, invited church and community members to help clear out the church Sept. 7. The last bunch of toys may be a little picked over, but there are still a few left, as of press time.
When the staff was organizing and cleaning out the church, they found a couple of rooms stacked to the ceiling with toys and other items. Most everything went quickly.
The deal was to take what you need and leave a donation for one of the supported charities.
Workers from Witt’s Tree Service, Catasauqua, brought their sky hook crane to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, last week to remove the classic bell from the church’s belfry and to remove the golden cross atop the steeple.
One might expect bats, but the belfry housed bees and wasps. With the grate removed, workmen carefully removed the bell and its wooden holder.
The cross removal is scheduled for another day. Bees and hornets were too numerous around the site.
After a protest from neighbors in and around Lloyd Street, Hanover Township Council, during a Sept. 4 meeting, passed an ordinance restricting truck traffic to local deliveries only. Township Manager Christopher Garges promised to get signs up announcing the changes.
“The signs don’t mean much because the truck drivers just ignore them,” said Tom Hutterer, a resident. “Are we going to get police presence from the state police?”
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Sept. 3, borough Manager Stephen Travers indicated he would talk to business owners along two blocks of Front Street regarding the borough’s sidewalk project.
As background, the borough looked to improve the sidewalks across from the new municipal building. The sidewalks and curbing along Front Street are sinking. Anticipated road improvements would bring the roadway higher, rendering the curbs useless.
The James Supra Blues Band made an appearance at Catasauqua’s amphitheater Aug. 30 for one of the borough’s summer concerts at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.
“We try to get at least one concert every year with him,” Jeff Miller said. “He is much sought-after talent, and we are happy he always has a great show.”
Miller runs the parks and the pool and starts scheduling the bands in February. He noted Catasauqua’s venue is in high demand by local musicians.
Supra’s band is popular in the Lehigh Valley.
At its meeting Aug. 20, Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved a request to relocate a child care center from St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catasauqua to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Whitehall.
St. Paul’s, 417 Howertown Road, is under an agreement of sale, although the sale has not been completed. Part of the church was a nursery school that parents used for decades. Parents at the facility wanted to continue the faith-friendly day care, but the new owners opted instead to close the facility.
At its meeting Aug. 21, township Manager Christopher Garges presented Hanover Township Council with a series of agreements that would allow the township to participate in the multimunicipal River Central Comprehensive Plan.
The regional approach was originally proposed by Garges in an effort to return planning and zoning to municipal residents. The comprehensive plan includes Hanover Township (Lehigh County), Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs and East Allen Township.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Aug. 26, borough Manager Stephen Travers recommended the River Central Comprehensive Plan proposed by a consortium of municipalities be voted on at council’s regular meeting, set for Sept. 3.
The regional comprehensive plan is endorsed by North Catasauqua, East Allen Township, Catasauqua and Hanover Township, Lehigh County. Each of the municipalities is in the process of legalizing its participation. Each municipality has agreed to a financial commitment of $19,200 to cover anticipated costs. The measure is expected to pass.
Revolution Church took over the George Taylor House grounds for its Back to School Bash Aug. 25.
“We try to do something every year to make sure that students are ready for school,” said Pastor Mary McIver, of Revolution Church, 5 Race St. “And we add a little fun to the event, too.”
Crayola donated paper, crayons and notebooks for kids headed back to the classroom. The church staff packaged everything into 95 backpacks that were supplied by church members.
The party included more than just standing in line to get a backpack.