At its annual holiday meeting, the Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association (HCPA) opened the doors to its art gallery at 8 Race St.
"We usually have this get-together before the holidays, but decided to try something in January," said Betsy Hillenbrand.
Over 50 people showed up for the event, reinforcing the organization's decision to hold the meeting outside the pre-holiday season.
The meeting Jan. 9 was special for a second reason. HCPA dedicated the art gallery in honor of artist and board member Robert LeFevre.
A revision of the Catasauqua skate park rules has been approved by Catasauqua Borough Council.
"The ordinance change we made to the skate park rules was a minor one," said Councilwoman Jessica Kroope. The skate park is a fenced-in area at the Catasauqua Park & Playground.
The new rule restricts anyone 6 years of age and younger from being in the skating area.
"This adds to safety at the skate park," Kroope said. "Anyone 10 and younger needs adult supervision, but this will keep the youngest completely out of the skate park." said Kroope.
With gusty winds swirling snow around the downtown area, Catasauqua Borough Council looked forward to the borough's summer program at its Jan. 5 meeting.
"We want to make a few changes to our Friday night concert series," said Councilwoman Jessica Kroope. Kroope's idea is based in part on the success of the 2014 Old Home Week.
"Opening night of Old Home Week was sponsored by the American Legion. With their funding, we were able to attract a popular band," she said. The event was held at the Catasauqua Park & Playground.
Accolades seem to keep coming for the Borough of Catasauqua.
First, the borough has received much praise for a successful kickoff for the development of the Iron Works property. Next, some favorable mentions have been made about borough police officers aiding bewildered motorists.
And now, Safe Choice Security has classed Catasauqua as one of the most improved municipalities in the state.
At the Hanover Township Council meeting Dec. 3, township Engineer Fredrick Hay reported that water levels in Hanover Lake in Canal Park have stabilized, but he recommended another grout to fill sink holes.
Last month, the township noticed that a sinkhole had opened in the recently revamped lake.
Two years ago, the lake had been drained and rejuvenated at considerable expense to the township.
At its November meeting, council took immediate steps to fill the sinkhole, but the grout did not flow into an adjacent sinkhole.
A garage on Pineapple Street has Catasauqua Borough Council members concerned because it has become a safety hazard.
At the Dec. 1 borough council meeting, Councilman Brian McKittrick asked borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, who is also the borough code officer, to investigate the condition of the building.
The property was sold at a sheriff's sale for delinquent taxes and was damaged shortly after the sale.
"The building looks as if it is about to collapse," McKittrick said.
Councilwoman Jessica Kroope asked borough Police Chief Douglas Kish about the impact of new regulations the council had approved for handicapped spaces and signage in the borough and for the towing of illegally parked vehicles. Her request was made at the Dec. 1 borough council meeting.
The Reverend Michael Byrd introduced the actors at Bethany Church's live nativity scene on Fifth Street in Catasauqua.
"This is now our third year and we made a few changes," Byrd said. "It still remains a great family event during the Christmas season."
The story of Jesus' birth was told, with the addition of vocal performances by some of the actors, including Joan Pense as Mary, Janelle Bristol and Mary Baird as shepherds and Daniel Knouse as Joseph.
At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Hanover Township Council passed its 2015 budget. In accordance with the Home Rule Charter, official budget approval is set for a special meeting on Dec. 30. The process allows for budget adjustments up to the end of the year and for all the open 2014 bills to be paid.
The $3 million-plus budget continues the township's tradition of keeping its tax rates the lowest in the state while providing services to its residents.
With holiday decorations twinkling at homes along streets in Catasauqua, the borough public works employees have been working hard to do their part to create a festive streetscape.
"Jeff Miller and his crew have the George Taylor house done and it looks grand," Councilwoman Deb Mellish said at the Dec. 1 borough council meeting.
Borough residents get into the act as well. Every year, volunteers gather at the Diery Coal Yard for a wreath-making session on a mid-December weekend.
This year, Leonard Witt of Witt's Tree Service supplied the green boughs for the wreaths.