Becky Yost and Michael Koniers, volunteers with Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, stopped by Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, Jan. 9 to receive a $2,000 donation from the church congregation.
The Pennsylvania organization is not affiliated with the national organization.
“We are all volunteers, so our administrative costs are low. Most of our costs are for printed materials,” Yost said.
Koniers is a U.S. Navy rescue swimmer who served in Vietnam.
The second Saturday of every month, rockabilly music takes over Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua. The monthly event brings in about 50 fans who dance the night away — and Jan. 11 was no different.
Jami Derr and her husband, Ric, have taken on the task of keeping the genre alive and well with Iron City Swing. Jami is a Catasauqua High School alumna.
The admission ticket includes a free swing dance class. Swing dancing is not for those with two left feet. The fast-paced, energetic style requires close cooperation with your partner.
On Nov. 2, Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua, held its annual chili cook-off. The event is always well attended, and this year was no exception.
The proceeds from the event go to Feline Urban Rescue and Rehabilitation and No Kill of the Lehigh Valley. Both organizations rescue wayward animals, give needed vaccinations, tend to their health and then adopt them out.
Joann Carty came into the party a little late but adopted out 22 animals at an event at Petco.
Robin Young always had a calling to art.
“I do paint, and it relaxes me, but I love sculpture. I’ve won a couple of awards for my pieces,” she said.
Young, of Catasauqua, works out of her studio in Allentown.
She took a practical approach after she graduated from the Catasauqua Area School District and attended nursing school.
“I was confident in my art, but you still need to live a normal life,” she said.
While her career in nursing flourished, she continued to work on her sculptures.
On the fourth Sunday of the month, Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., sponsors a breakfast buffet.
The monthly breakfast is open to the public.
The Legion uses the buffet as a fundraiser.
There are a couple of regulars who go every month. New families also attend.
Legion members believe it is a great way to keep up with the neighborhood and get a good breakfast.
At the breakfasts, doors open 8 a.m.
Lisa Haynos opened the doors of Bridge Street Family Restaurant to a rush of families looking forward to having breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 14.
“We came in from the North Pole and wanted to get breakfast,” the Christmas duo said as they arrived at the eatery, 215 Bridge St., Catasauqua.
The deal Haynos worked out with Santa was free breakfast if he and his wife talked to the kids. The Clauses quickly agreed.
Santa went from table to table, talking to each of the families while they enjoyed their breakfast.
Tiffany Henne is one of the parents who had her children enrolled in day care at the former St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, and who hoped to continue her children’s early education and care at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.
The day care is now not going forward as planned.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua, held its craft fair Nov. 9.
The event is coordinated by Bev Warner who gets vendors to set up tables.
“We can get people into the church, and we are always interested in seeing new vendors. We have good food, the fair is inside, and we meet a lot of locals at these events,” she said.
The craft fair is over when Carol Rarick awards the basket raffle prizes.
Rarick said she crafts the baskets herself. She buys all the components and puts the baskets together.
She had 30 baskets for this year’s fair.
Catasauqua Community Cares Program members and volunteers held a craft and vendor fair fundraiser Nov. 24 at Catasauqua Middle School.
The purpose of C3P is to help Catasauqua Area School District students who have food insecurity issues. School district programs are available for students, but after hours and on weekends, the program steps in to provide food.
At its Dec. 4 meeting, Hanover Township Council approved the 2020 budget. The new budget includes the township’s operating budget and a five-year capital improvement plan. The municipal tax rate will stay at a quarter mill, the lowest rate in Pennsylvania.