Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association (HCPA) held a unique fundraiser at the Biery House, Catasauqua, March 9. Although HCPA boasts a varied member list, this event was for women only.
The event centered around Bunco, a game that Google and at least one attendee confirmed requires no skill.
Bunco originally started as a confidence game in the 18th century and moved to a parlor game after the Civil War. The game’s popularity peaked in the ’80s, but it is still played frequently by women.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 5, Debbie Smale took her turn at the podium to discuss an ongoing problem with a Hartzell’s Plumbing box truck that is parked outside her house.
Smale had a few pertinent questions.
The truck has been parked outside her house since late summer, she said. The police served a complaint on the owner of Hartzell’s, she continued, adding the owner assumed the complaint was lodged by Smale. Smale said she did not make the complaint.
At Catasauqua Borough’s regular meeting March 5, council discussed an issue at the municipal pool. The Catasauqua Creek wall along the pool has failed and needs to be rebuilt. Public works Director Jeff MacHose estimated costs for the rebuild at $175,000.
The borough does not have the money for the capital improvement. There are potential Community Development Block Grant funds for the deck, but an unsupported deck is of questionable value.
MacHose made a suggestion that the borough close the pool and use the ongoing maintenance costs to fund the wall.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., held a dinner Feb. 10 to benefit the choir.
According to Judy Morgan, choir director, this event is the premier fundraiser for the choir.
“For $10, you can get in here at 4 p.m. and have all the soup, salad and sweets you can handle,” she said.
The salad is there so you have something to do while waitresses bring the soup.
“The soup is the star of the show,” Morgan said.
This is not your regular reheated soup.
“Everything is homemade by one of the
parishioners,” Morgan said.
Public works Director Jeff MacHose discussed plans for waterline improvements on Front Street at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Feb. 26. Improvements to the waterlines are slated to go in before Front Street is resurfaced. The resurfacing project is anticipated in 2019.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported that waterline improvements along the Pine Street Bridge required easement releases. The borough has obtained two of the three releases.
Rick Daugherty opened his Congressional campaign Feb. 23 with a gathering of supporters at Pie’s On Pizzeria in Catasauqua.
Daugherty is no stranger to the area. He lived in Catasauqua and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1978. Daugherty was chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a district administrator for Congressman Paul McHale in 1994 and 1995. He ran for office twice against Charlie Dent.
Daugherty is seeking election to what is proposed as the 7th Congressional District.
At its regular meeting Feb. 5, Catasauqua Borough Council continued to discuss safety concerns at the senior high-rise building on Third Street.
At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting Feb. 21, acting township Manager Vicky Roth announced new software was implemented for residents who use Bethlehem’s water.
“Implementing the new software took some time,” she said. “We received calls from residents and business owners who were expecting a sewer bill in January. That billing was delayed, and the new bills are now out.”
The new software is an improvement, Roth said, adding bills are expected to be on the normal billing cycle starting with the second quarter.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, has a sign designating a handicapped space for selected parishioners that is effective only on Sunday during services. This and another request from a local church for something similar are being rejected.
“The handicapped law we have is for residential parking. We cannot designate a space for a commercial property on a public street,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said during the Feb. 5 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
Elaine Jacksits organizes the Ladies of the Legion Home Association Post 215 breakfast that has been going on for 30 years.
“We work pretty closely together. Most everyone has been working here for a few years, so everything is well coordinated,” she said. “What we’re seeing is a lot more competition. A couple of places also picked the last Sunday to have breakfast buffets.”
Jacksits promises the best buffet and fresh — not frozen — home fries.
She cleared up a point that newcomers often ask.