In a disappointing development, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation delayed the reconstruction of the Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek until some undetermined time next year. The note says spring of 2019. The formal announcement was made at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Aug. 13.
The project was originally scheduled in 2016 and has been delayed several times. It is part of a program designed to get questionable bridges updated to meet safety standards.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel is in contact with state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th.
Homeowners on Troxell Street have labored with burst water lines, sinkholes and ragged pavement for years. Most of the problems are in a two-block area.
Earlier in the year, Councilmen Robert Heimbecker and Curtis Wegfahrt asked council to consider looking at the substructure with ground-penetrating radar to determine where problems exist. The problems seem to be repeating, and there is not a defined source that anyone can find.
American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., Catasauqua, opened its doors Aug. 4 for a first-time event from the recently founded Please and Thank You Foundation.
“We just started this group, and this is our first fundraiser,” said Colleen Brooks, who heads the organization.
Brooks is a senior care nurse with decades of experience in the community.
She developed Williams Manor, a senior living home in Bushkill Township.
The Toga Party Band performed Aug. 10 at Catasauqua Park Amphitheater, 501 American St., as part of the park’s summer concert series.
The band has a popular local following. Residents packed the amphitheater for the performance.
Jeff Miller, who manages the park activities and the pool, was happy for some good news. Flooding at the municipal pool last week closed the pool for the season.
“I was down here, and I could see the flood water coming into the pool,” he said. “It’s good that we have some decent weather and a nice band.”
Since 1984, communities across the nation have celebrated National Night Out the first Tuesday in August. Catasauqua joined the crowd Aug. 7.
“This is the first time we ever did this event, and we are happy to put it on for the community,” St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Pastor Scott Paradise said.
The event was held at the 417 Howertown Road church.
A spate of rain squalls midway through the event sent some scrambling into the church hall.
With Allen Township ready to give a certificate of occupancy to FedEx Ground, Hanover Township asked Rockefeller Group for an update at its meeting Aug. 1.
Johanna Chervak brought her staff to the meeting to present a detailed plan. The delay in the Willowbrook Road and Race Street area is primarily because utility work added complications.
Some areas had weak subsoils.
Melissa Jacobs, the proprietor of Julia’s Four Seasons, Catasauqua, opened up the front yard of the consignment shop to a group of artists July 28.
“This was just a fun time. There were no setup fees because these are new artists looking for ways to get their art out to the public,” Jacobs said.
Lakisha Williams kept the group in stitches as the roving comedian.
No one even knew the empty grave site in the back of Calvary Cemetery in North Catasauqua belonged to Pavol Hudak.
Then Mary Valek, a great-granddaughter, took a trip to Slovakia in 2007.
“I was asking the people of our little village in Lendak where some of the relatives were buried. They said that Pavol was buried in Pennsylvania,” Valek said.
That started a search that ran through Ellis Island, Ancestry.com and finally Harrisburg, where she found his death certificate.
With yet another delay posted at the Race Street bridge, the latest notice stalls the bridge closing until Aug. 8. Borough Manager Stephen Travers addressed some of the concerns at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session July 30.
The original concept was to keep traffic moving along Race Street during construction. The plan closed one side of the bridge to make repairs and then addressed the other side. The timeline was to complete the bridge in March 2019.
A couple of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation engineers began closely examining the details.
On July 15, Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua, put on one of its three fundraisers for Peaceable Kingdom, Whitehall, and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab (FURR), Stewartsville, N.J. The bikini bike wash is traditionally well attended, but this year, a passing storm poured rain into the parking lot before the event.
“I wasn’t too worried; it’s a good cause, and I said a few prayers,” said Jacki Hartford, who owns the popular club with her husband, Carl.
The skies turned blue at the opening bell, and bikers rolled into the parking lot.