Catasauqua Press

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Borough council looks to clean up problem areas

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Manager discusses solutions for abandoned, damaged Catty properties

During the June 25 meeting, borough Manager Stephen Travers informed Catasauqua Borough Council of his actions on a property at 137 Second St., which, according to Travers, was abandoned by the original owner.

There was a dispute between the owner and the borough over work started without a permit, Travers said. Travers has been in contact with the bank holding the lien. The bank has agreed to cooperate with the borough to get the dilapidated property back on the market.

Blocker’s Coffeehouse hosts event for local animal shelters

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Blocker’s Coffeehouse, 309 Front St., Catasauqua, sponsored a Coffee for Paws event June 16. Owner Vicky Bartholomew has always kept a pet-friendly atmosphere since the coffeehouse opened.

“We invited some vendors and wanted to have a place where people know they can bring their pets,” she said.

In the “barking lot,” pet owners met other dog lovers.

Catasauqua Borough dedicates street to retired police officer

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Scott Rothrock injured on the job in 2015, earned A-Treat’s Hometown Hero award

At the workshop session May 29, Catasauqua Borough Council took time before business to honor Scott Rothrock.

The retired Catasauqua police officer was injured in the line of duty in 2015 while chasing down a perpetrator. Rothrock was stabbed several times during his struggle to subdue Jerome Nichols, who had stabbed his girlfriend in Allentown. Nichols was shot by fellow Officer Donald Stratton.

Rothrock’s story is well known as he was honored as a Hometown Hero by David Jaindl’s A-Treat beverage company earlier this year.

Hanover hears request for indoor sky diving facility

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A developer approached Hanover council with a unique proposition at council’s meeting June 6.

Next to the Knight’s Inn, close to Airport Center Mall, sits a vacant piece of property. The developer wants to put in an indoor sky diving facility.

Essentially, indoor sky diving is a way to experience some thrills of sky diving with limited risk. A wind tunnel is used to simulate sky diving.

The system is installed in six locations primarily on the East Coast, with the closest one in Philadelphia at King of Prussia Mall.

Council reviews street, property issues

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Resident seeks help in keeping neighborhood children out of her yard

Lester Ettl took to the podium at Catasauqua Borough Council’s meeting June 4 to discuss needed improvements along Chestnut Street.

Councilman Brian Bartholomew, acting as president for this meeting, explained that Chestnut was on the list of streets to be paved this year. Bartholomew is also chair of the public works committee.

Bartholomew and public works Supervisor Jeff MacHose prepared a list of road projects and set a priority to each. Street projects are bid and completed in order of their priority until the budget is exhausted. Chestnut Street is high on the list.

Basket raffle helps community

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Ever wonder where all the Easter baskets wind up? One spot might be the basket raffle at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua. Every year before the celebrated Victorian High Tea social, the church raises money for its active community outreach programs.

At this raffle, held April 27, there were 110 baskets, along with gift cards and unique items. The grand prizes were a rocking chair and a vacuum cleaner.

Main Streets members meet at brewing company

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Owner details opening of business

Members of Main Streets, Catasauqua’s business owners association, met for their quarterly meeting May 31 at the new Taylor House Brewing Company, on Lehigh Street, across from the George Taylor House.

“Every quarter, we have a formal meeting at a local business,” Kimberly Brubaker, the association’s president, said. “This meeting was special because it was the night before Taylor House Brewing would be open to the public.”

Taylor House Brewing Company owners Fred and Annette Pompa talked at length about the trials and tribulations of starting their new business.

Hanover will record meetings

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting May 16, Chairman Bruce Paulus announced that council meetings would be recorded.

“We are doing it primarily so we have accurate minutes,” he said.

Some townships have the audio portion of the meetings available to the public, but no decision was made on releasing the recordings to an at-large audience.

Township Manager Christopher Garges gave the latest update on road improvements.

Resident expresses concerns about airport’s future plans

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session May 29, Cameron Smith approached council to express his concern about both proposed expansion plans recently released by Lehigh Valley International Airport and the potential for increased traffic on Race Street.

Smith alleged schools could be taken if the airport is expanded as a cargo hub. The borough does have a representative on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and Christine Weaver has reviewed the proposals made and did not find major impact on Catasauqua.