Catasauqua Borough community leaders met May 13 at Blocker’s Coffeehouse as part of their quarterly community meeting.
Two members of the committee, Pastors Doug Cronce and Scott Paradise, have moved out of Catasauqua.
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler briefed everyone on the two school resource officers in the district. The district received a $400,000 grant to fund the officers and mental health services for two years. Students and families can use the health services over the summer. The police officers will be on patrol in the borough.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting June 3, borough Engineer Ron Gawlik announced the bids for the Front Street rehabilitation project. The project is designed to improve the look of sidewalks along two blocks of Front Street.
The borough received a $300,000 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant for the project four years back. The grant was predicated on the borough providing matching funds at 30 percent. The estimated cost for the project was $400,000.
Fast forward to the present — the new bid came in at $650,000.
June 2 was the last service conducted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, as the congregation closed the church with a 167-year history of serving Catasauqua.
Closing services were conducted by Bishop Rev. Samuel Zeiser, who presides over the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Pastor Brian Riedy, of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, was the officiate for the service. The Rev. Walter Wagner was the preaching pastor.
Deb Mellish, Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association’s crafting guru, held an evening session for HCPA volunteers and supporters May 10 at the Biery House, 8 Race St., Catasauqua. The session, billed as Petals and Pearls, opened the creative juices for everyone to design their own earrings and walk off with a tea cup vase of fresh, arranged flowers.
Mellish supplied the beads from her extensive collection and flowers from her flower beds.
Catasauqua Borough Councilwoman Christine Weaver resigned from council last week. She was in the second year of her second term.
“When I ran the first time, I only expected to be on council for one term,” Weaver said. “I initially ran to work with the group interested in developing the brownfield site that we now call Iron Works. The first phase of the project is completed with the new municipal building.
Herve Rousseau, owner of the Dery mansion, 520 Fifth St., Catasauqua, held an open house for developers and Catasauqua residents interested in the 25,000-square-foot grand property, billed as the largest residential property in Lehigh County.
The troubled property has been through several developers trying to bring it back to its glorious elegance. Rousseau’s experience with successful stylish nightclubs was to be Dery’s next iteration.
Unfortunately, the restoration costs are overwhelming.
Parents using the St. Paul’s Child Care Center, Catasauqua, gathered in the church auditorium May 15 to listen to options to keep the center functioning. Len Witt, church council member, confirmed the new owners do not want to continue the program.
“We gave the new owners the financial picture and the advantages of the nursery. They reviewed everything but made the decision to close the nursery at St. Paul’s,” Witt said.
The announcement was not unexpected.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, holds a Victorian tea event as part of its spring fundraising effort. This year, the proceeds went to the Public Library of Catasauqua.
Before the tea party, which was held April 27, the church set up a basket display with a selection of nearly 100 options. Add in a variety of gift cards and local craft items, and there is chance for getting a dream gift. Those invited to the tea can put in their tickets for the raffle.
Reservations were needed, and spots for next year will be filled by February.
At its regular meeting May 6, Catasauqua Borough Council moved forward on a plan to change some street directions.
“We will start the procedure and will make them permanent,” Councilman Brian Mc-Kittrick said.
The changes proposed are as follows:
Pineapple Street will be one way south from School Street to Race Street.
Linden Street will be one way east from Second Street to Pineapple Street.
These changes recognize Pineapple Street is a narrow street and has difficulty handling two-way traffic. Linden Street will be one way across its length.
Boy Scout Troop 94, based out of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, took over the Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 hall, 330 Second St., March 31.
“We had a couple of trials before, but this is the first time we had breakfast at the Legion hall,” Scoutmaster Don Szerencits said.
The kitchen staff consisted of volunteers following Don Oncheck’s lead. The breakfast was a buffet, and Oncheck was able to maintain the fluffy pancake texture you know and love.