The 2020 Independence Day celebration at George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua, was an abbreviated version of the annual event.
Volunteers at the GTH gave spirited house tours to the guests who stopped by.
Usually the celebration of the Fourth of July includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence. This was not on the agenda for the celebration this year.
The site of the former Hill’s Restaurant, 215 Bridge St., is being cleaned up and readied for a new tenant. Wilbur Hill, the building’s owner, is working on the restaurant following the departure of the last tenants, who owned Bridge Street Family Restaurant and opened a new restaurant in Northampton.
“With all the virus stuff going around, I thought it best we have the place spic and span,” Hill said.
He noted he does not want to change the layout but does want to add some features.
The unquestioned best basketball player in Catasauqua history and perhaps the Lehigh Valley has his book ready for press.
“A lot of the stuff that happened to me is now proprietary with the book ready to be released,” Larry Miller said in an exclusive interview with the Press. “Most important for me is that this isn’t all about Larry Miller, it’s about how things were in the area and the impact those things had on me.”
Everything Miller wanted to say is in the book.
Pastor Brian Riedy and his congregation at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church have been stalwarts in feeding people in the community, and their efforts have now opened the door for other members of the community to help out.
“The congregation has been working with local restaurant owners to keep food available for the people in our community. We have been successful in meeting the needs,” he said. “Our job in the community is to show the way and then others can follow our lead.”
In a display of solidarity, Catasauqua High School students and other community members joined together in a march June 5 from Catasauqua Park and Playground to the borough offices on Bridge Street to support calls for action following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn.
Police Chief Douglas Kish asked Bishop Jim McIver of Revolution Church to join the march for racial equality.
Businesses in Catasauqua Borough were busy this past weekend as residents from the borough and beyond enjoyed the beginning of the yellow phase of the state’s reopening.
The picture-perfect Sunday followed a warm and humid Friday and Saturday.
On June 5, the Flying V food truck stopped by Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St., signaling the start of the return to semi-normalcy. Patrons enjoyed a comfortable, cool and no-stress time chatting by the river.
Jake and Jen Collins drove from Bethlehem because many restaurants in that area were crowded.
Fred and Annette Pompa proudly opened the Taylor House Brewing Company taproom, 76 Lehigh St., June 1, 2018.
The owners were disappointed they were not able to celebrate their second anniversary in style with their biggest supporters. However, the community had another idea.
At Hanover Township Council’s May 20 meeting, township Engineer Albert Kortze reported on the progress with improvements on Sherwood Street.
“We are replacing curbing. Once that is complete, we are going to be working on paving repairs. The crews will next move to Troxell Street to start curbing repairs there,” he said.
Troxell Street’s project was proposed last year but was delayed while geologists probed the substrate to find potential sinkholes.
Jackie Russ-Harford and her husband, Carl Harford, are tinkering with their two taverns during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Besides the acclaimed Fossil’s Last Stand, the couple also owns the New Tripoli Hotel.
Both places are known for great tavern food and friendly staff.
One of Russ-Harford’s customer-building events at Fossil’s is holding fundraisers for local animal shelters.
Ed Frack, who owns SuperSets in Hanover Township (Lehigh County), opened his gym May 24. He celebrated reopening with a Memorial Day weekend celebration, complete with grilled hot dogs. The opening was in violation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s continued closure order.
“We can’t live our lives in fear,” he said. “I applied for coronavirus funding, but I was denied. I don’t need the government’s money. I can make this business work. I invested in this place in October with a good business plan. We have customers from all around coming here,” Frack said.