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Fest O’ Fall

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Annual borough event features fun for all ages

Keep an eye out around the borough for Catasauqua’s iconic scarecrows. Members of Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association have been busy putting them up in preparation for Catasauqua’s annual Fest O’ Fall.

“We have about a hundred that we put together from all the past Fest O’ Fall events,” Betsy Hillenbrand, HCPA president, said.

The festival is scheduled for noon-5 p.m. Oct. 5. The rain date is Oct. 6.

The event, sponsored by HCPA, takes place at both the Biery House, 8 Race St., and the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets.

Hanover gets ready to start work on Troxell Street

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Resident tells council of water backing up into driveways after storms

At its regular meeting Sept. 18, Hanover Township Council discussed options on problem-plagued Troxell Street. The roadway is the subject of many long-term issues that started with a water leak, ballooned into a sinkhole and was subsequently poorly repaired.

Due to concerns about the street’s condition, council took a sounding of the substrate and is ready to let the bid.

Ellie McCafferty, a Troxell Street resident, took the podium to address the amount of water that cascades down the street.

Crash closes Airport Road at mall

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

A four-car pileup occurred approximately 11 a.m. Sept. 21 near the entrance to the Airport Center strip mall on Airport Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

One driver and three passengers, two of whom are juveniles, were reported to have injuries and were transported to local hospitals by Northampton Regional EMS and Cetronia Ambulance Corps.

Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, and Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Department were quickly on the scene.

The investigation is continuing.

Future LV

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Valley planning

Becky Bradley, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, brought members of her committee to Hanover Township Sept. 17 to discuss a new plan dubbed Future LV.

LVPC is seeking comments before the final plan is released. Bradley has 12 conferences scheduled across the Lehigh Valley.

While most in attendance were municipal officials, the plan is online and can be accessed for a personal review at

Jupiter Crush owner holds flea market at new location

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Jupiter Crush owner Jessica Jones held a unique flea market Aug. 31 at her new location, 16 W. Race St., Catasauqua.

Jones has a strong following for her makeup artistry. If interested in her work, you need to make an appointment.

Chef Christopher Bavlinka, from The Stone Soup, located at 1800 Sullivan Trail, Forks Township, stopped by to add a chef’s twist to flea market snacks.

Crowd comes out for summer concert

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

As the Catasauqua Borough summer concert season has phased down, Cunningham & Associates played for a crowd Sept. 6 at the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.

Musicians for the performance, in addition to Don Cunningham, included John Cannavo on lead guitar, Brian Bortz on bass, Connie Edinger as an additional vocalist and others.

Although fall-like weather and a few sprinkles occurred, the crowd stayed for the second-to-last Catasauqua concert.

The last concert of the season was Sept. 13 with Lucky 7 performing.

Holy Trinity holds Blessing of Angels

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church held a Blessing of Angels ceremony at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St., Sept. 8. This is the second year for the event.

“It helps those of us who have friends that are ailing to get the prayers they need to feel better,” Pastor Brian Riedy said of the ceremony.

This year, Dan O’Donnell, of O’Donnell Funeral Homes, sponsored the event. Susan Alexander, of Soul Creations Fly, supplied the crafts.

St. Paul’s Lutheran clears out rooms in process to sell church

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, invited church and community members to help clear out the church Sept. 7. The last bunch of toys may be a little picked over, but there are still a few left, as of press time.

When the staff was organizing and cleaning out the church, they found a couple of rooms stacked to the ceiling with toys and other items. Most everything went quickly.

The deal was to take what you need and leave a donation for one of the supported charities.

Bell removed from St. Paul’s

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Cross is next — after bees, wasps cleared from belfry

Workers from Witt’s Tree Service, Catasauqua, brought their sky hook crane to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, last week to remove the classic bell from the church’s belfry and to remove the golden cross atop the steeple.

One might expect bats, but the belfry housed bees and wasps. With the grate removed, workmen carefully removed the bell and its wooden holder.

The cross removal is scheduled for another day. Bees and hornets were too numerous around the site.

Hanover restricts truck traffic on Lloyd Street

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

After a protest from neighbors in and around Lloyd Street, Hanover Township Council, during a Sept. 4 meeting, passed an ordinance restricting truck traffic to local deliveries only. Township Manager Christopher Garges promised to get signs up announcing the changes.

“The signs don’t mean much because the truck drivers just ignore them,” said Tom Hutterer, a resident. “Are we going to get police presence from the state police?”