During the July 15 activities at Catasauqua Borough’s summer camp, Bryan Klass opened his class in STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
Students manufactured catapults from available dollar store materials. The task was to build the catapult with enough leverage to send a projectile a respectable distance.
While there were various styles, the construction was easy enough to change, and each student experimented with options after searching the Internet for details.
The Fourth of July weekend signals the anticipated Catasauqua pub crawl. Organizer Joni Elekes said the one-evening event, which was held July 6, is a top-rated attraction in Catasauqua Borough.
The event started as a highlight for social activities during the borough’s Home Week. The tradition continued, now in its sixth year.
This is a local event sponsored by local taverns.
Catasauqua Borough opened the Fourth of July celebration with its traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets. This marked the 10th year for the reading.
This year’s reader was the Rev. Joshua Knappenberger, director of the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, and guardian of one of the area’s most precious historical assets.
The historical re-enactors lent a sense of authenticity to the program.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting July 1, council voted to extend Mayor Barbara Schlegel’s proclamation for road changes during the rebuild of the Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek. The road closures include changing Pineapple Street to one way.
Councilman Brian Bartholomew wanted to see Pineapple Street remain a two-way street to allow access to DnD Market during the construction interruption. The latest unconfirmed estimate for completion is November.
Councilman Brian McKittrick expressed concern that DnD Market erected a tent to sell fireworks.
Hanover Township is looking for a bid on the Airport Road widening. The original plan was to have the bid for the stretch of road from the Air Products building on Race Street to Route 22 completed in June. Delays in the project pushed the bid out until the end of the year. The project to widen Airport Road to Route 22 is expected to be completed in spring of 2020.
Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 reported vandalism at Fairview Cemetery, Whitehall, before memorial services for fallen veterans.
“There are over 700 flags placed to honor fallen veterans in the cemetery,” said Dick Deibert, a member of the group’s Honor Guard. “Before the Memorial Day dedications, I get out there the Friday before to make sure everything is in place.”
According to Deibert, vandals ripped the flags from the sticks.
(This is the second and final part of this feature on Joe Young and his Youngiefest event.)
When Joe Young put together his first Youngiefest celebration, it was a gathering of his former students who had gone on to become successful businessmen.
“When I talked to these men and realized what they have accomplished, it keyed something in my mind,” Young said. “Some students in schools today are bored with traditional school classroom instruction, just like some of the people in my classes.”
This year’s Youngiefest was held May 18 at Victor C. Talotta Park, Cementon.
The ever-popular summer concert series at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St., is back on Friday nights.
The feature event June 21 was Scott Marshall and Marshall’s Highway. Witt’s Tree Service sponsored it.
Last year, it rained nearly every Friday night, but it has been clear so far this year.
Friday concerts are the highlight of the week. Next in the lineup: Large Flowerheads, 7-10 p.m. July 5.
There will also be a Hunkajunk Band concert July 4.
Bring your own chair and your own food and drink.
Residents Keith Bartholomew and Leann Briody came before Hanover Township Council June 5 to discuss activity in their neighborhood.
“We had an instance where gunshots were fired on Pennsylvania Avenue at Chapman across from our house. It was in Bethlehem, but it was still close to us,” Bartholomew said.
The incident was captured on video from several homeowners’ surveillance cameras.
“We also had the instance where a pipe bomb was found just off Catasauqua Road. It’s not in Hanover either but still close,” he said.
Jay and Renee Cimerol, owners of Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub and Pie, held their official grand opening June 22 at the 301 Mulberry St., Catasauqua, location.
They could not have planned a better opening day; the weather was clear, warm and sunny.
The Cimerols blocked off Mulberry Street for the event, an act that reportedly received some resistance from the neighborhood.
The event included music from Common Bond and a street fair. Children took to the street to create colorful chalk drawings.