Jean Decker and her sister, Joan Kozemchik, held a memorial service April 15 for their 92-year-old mother, Madeline Meixner, who died in January.
“We wanted to have something so her friends could remember her life and their memories of her,” Decker said.
Nearly 100 guests showed up at the David Thomas Home in Catasauqua, where Meixner lived. Guests told stories of their encounters with the feisty and memorable Meixner.
With more than a few tags showing up on buildings, graffiti might be the next task Catasauqua Borough needs to handle. While some use the analogy “rap is to music as graffiti is to art,” Kimberly Brubaker, president of Catasauqua Main Streets, has her own version.
“There is a difference between graffiti that is street art and tagging,” she said.
Catasauqua has seen a dramatic increase in tagging from stand-alone mailboxes to the sides of buildings. Tagging, according to Brubaker, accelerates urban decay.
Mike Metallia and his band Midnight Shift finally caught a show date at the Gas House Dance Hall March 30. Midnight Shift had been billed twice for Catasauqua’s dance club, but the weather put a crimp in the plans.
Robyn Shannon, one of the founders of the Gas House, wanted this premier band to play in Catasauqua. Shannon, who is leaving for her new abode in Yorkshire Dales in the UK April 20, had a promise to keep to her rockabilly fans.
“I wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to hear this group,” she said.
Hanover Township received bids on two projects at its April 4 meeting.
The much-talked-about improvement at the Sherwood Park softball field garnered only one bid. Grace Industries was awarded the project with a bid of $28,566.60. Township Engineer Albert Kortze said the bid was better than expected. The township is now ready to move forward with improvements at Sherwood Park. New tennis courts were completed last year.
In March, Hanover Township selected Christopher Garges as its new manager. Garges sat down with The Press to chat about his vision for Hanover.
“This is a little different than what I was used to,” he said. “In Hanover, we have a strong business focus. Our residential population is around 2,000.”
Garges held a position as zoning officer with Lower Saucon Township, a community with 11,000 residents.
At its regular meeting April 2, Catasauqua Borough Council announced that Stephen Travers was selected as the new borough manager. The motion to offer the position to Travers passed by a vote of 4 to 3 with Councilmen Brian Bartholomew and Eugene Schlegel and Councilwoman Jessica Kroope opposed.
Schlegel explained his vote after the meeting.
“We are not opposed to him; we had more questions to ask,” he said. “There was no rush that this appointment had to be today.”
The Press took a moment to talk with Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder on his last day in the office March 29.
He has retired after working for the borough for more than 40 years.
“I’ll still come in on some special occasions,” he said. “I’ll be the zoning officer, and that will take up a few days a month. I’m going to help out where I can.”
That does not mean he intends to stick around.
During Catasauqua Borough Council’s March 26 workshop meeting, Raymond Filozof took to the podium with a complaint against UGI’s aggressive policies.
According to Filozof, who has a home at 339 Howertown Road, he arrived March 22 at his residence and saw a posted sign indicating road construction “Mon-Fri 6A to 4P.” On Friday, March 23, his truck was towed and impounded.
“When somebody puts up a sign like that, you assume they mean the following week,” he said.
According to Police Chief Douglas Kish, if the vehicle is in the way, the police can impound it.
For those who know the subtle difference between kielbasa/kolbasi and pirohy/pierogi, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, North Catasauqua, has a treat for you.
“There are quite a few orthodox churches in the area, but this is the ‘mother’ church. It was the first one in the Lehigh Valley,” Kip Fedetz said. “The men from the coal region came down here.”
That was 119 years ago.
The 1023 Fifth St. church makes paska, a traditional Easter bread.
David Jaindl’s A-Treat company launched its first A-Treat Heroes campaign earlier this year. It asked for individuals who made substantial yet unrecognized contributions in the community.
“We are happy to recognize these local people who have gone above and beyond the call,” said Jaindl during a visit Monday to Catasauqua.
A-Treat asked for nominations from local communities and pared the list down to six candidates. The company opened the list to Facebook and allowed the public to vote.