Joe Young continues to celebrate his dedication to craftsmanship.
Young gathered his former students May 18 at Victor Talotta Park, 5185 Dewey St., Cementon, for Youngiefest, a reunion of sorts.
Young was orphaned at age 7 and went on to graduate from Tamaqua High School in 1959. He graduated from Stevens Trade School for Fatherless Boys in 1964. He went on to establish his supremacy in trades. After a stint with M&M Candies, he began teaching at Upper Bucks County Technical School.
Mike Leondi, vice president with the Rockefeller Group, briefed Hanover Township Council on the status of the Willowbrook Road and Race Street projects at the meeting June 19. Leondi had a detailed schedule outlining the plans from October 2018 to October 2019.
The project is behind the original schedule, and the public is frustrated with the traffic interruptions.
Catasauqua Borough Council took the first part of its workshop meeting June 24 to interview candidates for the vacant seat on council.
All of the candidates were given an opportunity to present their views and answer questions from council. Two names were submitted for nominations. Tammi Hauser received the required three votes in the first round of voting.
Hauser will be sworn in at borough council’s regular meeting July 1. She replaces Christine Weaver, who resigned last month.
“Mom, there’s nothing to do!”
Not so in Catasauqua Borough — the Fun in the Sun program started its 20th year June 17 at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.
This year, the leaders who started the program to get kids outside and playing are active again.
“We have all kinds of events set up. We have a miniature golf trip later this week, and they always enjoy that,” Kim Labezius said.
There are plenty of kids around.
“We usually get around 50 most every day,” Lisa Casciotti said.
Time flies when you are having fun — and that was the case for Taylor House Brewing Company.
The local microbrewery, located at 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua, celebrated its anniversary June 1. In honor of the occasion, the brewery hosted a celebratory weekend with specials, music, food and more May 31-June 2.
To celebrate, Mike Lessa, master brewer, crafted a dry, double-hop IPA that was released June 1.
“We are making one keg of it — and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Depending on the reaction we get, we might declare it an anniversary beer and serve it every year,” he said.
At the June 5 meeting of Hanover Township Council, Manager Christopher Garges discussed two grant applications the township is pursuing for improvements at the entrance to Valley Plaza.
“The bus stop is a high traffic stop for LANTA. There is a bus stop on the mall side of the street, but nothing on the other side. The grant would allow us to install a crosswalk and make the area safer for bus riders,” he said.
Township Engineer Albert Kortze explained that improving the area is more than just painting a crosswalk on the road.
The recreation committee has been on the forefront of an effort to create a summer program for teens. The new program was announced at the borough meeting June 3.
“We wanted to have something for teens particularly for the younger set. Some of the older students have summer jobs,” said Jessica Kroope, recreation committee chairwoman. “Deb Mellish is on the committee. She developed and will teach two of the programs.”
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church held a taco and baked potato bar fundraiser for the Public Library of Catasauqua May 18 at its fellowship hall, 604 Fourth St.
“All the money we collected, we donated to the library,” Pastor Brian Riedy said.
The event had a bigger-than-expected crowd.
Rebecca Gillespie from Blondies prepared specialty desserts and her famous cupcakes.
The baked potato bar included all the expected toppings.
Tacos started out as hard shell and then went to soft shell as the evening wore on.
No one went away hungry.
Every year in May, Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel holds a yard sale to benefit the borough’s K-9 unit. This year, the event was held May 18.
“The weather was perfect,” she said, “and we had about 26 vendors at Fireman’s Field.”
And vendors were moving product in steady fashion.
Catasauqua resident Yasmine Ramos had everything marked at a dollar, including size 4 boys’ clothes.
“We have big sizes for boys, too,” she said.
Marianne Brodman said she has been coming to all the K-9 events for years.
Part of the discussion at the May 30 meeting of Main Streets, Catasauqua Borough’s business owners association, was the inconsistent application of building code violations.
“What we have seen is that the code enforcement officers go after minor violations and ignore larger problems,” association President Kimberly Brubaker said.
The meeting was held at Tony’s Top Cat, 607 Front St., Catasauqua, and owner Tony Castaneda had a situation to emphasize the point right next door.
The property at 605 Front St. is abandoned.