What was expected to wreak havoc across the borough turned out to be a quick weekend fix.
The old sewer line serving the area around the DND Market & Deli coursed its way under the Race Street bridge. The task was to replace the sewer line in one swift, dedicated effort.
Crews closed Race Street completely in the early morning of July 27 and started to work. The sewer line was rearranged and improved from the composite cement-lined sewer.
St. Paul’s Child Care Center, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, have reached an agreement so the day care service can operate from the township church.
The original closing for the Catasauqua child care center was scheduled for July 26, but that date changed to Aug. 9.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, which housed the day care center, was bought by an outside group, the Al Mustafa Center. The final church service for the St. Paul’s congregation was June 2.
Hanover Township officials are aware of Environmental Protection Agency concerns expressed about the release of ethylene oxide at B. Braun’s medical facility on Marcon Boulevard in the township.
In its statement, the township said it relies on the EPA and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to monitor these emissions and ensure that B. Braun’s manufacturing plant is compliant with existing rules for release. The township has no ability to independently monitor these gases nor is it required to do so.
Catasauqua Borough’s existing refuse contract with J.P. Mascaro & Sons was scheduled to expire July 31, and council put out a request for bids earlier in the month. There allegedly were complaints among other waste haulers that they were not given time to review the bid parameters or prepare a proper bid.
The borough received only one bid — from J.P. Mascaro. The borough was happy with the contract, and it met all the criteria established.
Kim Brubaker, president of Catasauqua Main Streets, the borough’s business association, and Jessica O’Donnell, with Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, have announced the two groups have formed an alliance designed to attract new businesses to the borough and support those businesses committed to staying there.
O’Donnell is the executive vice president of affiliated Chambers. She has extensive experience with small municipalities. She ran the highly successful Emmaus Main Streets program before coming on board at the Chamber.
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.