Every spring before the daffodils get to full bloom, Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua holds its semiannual craft/vendor fair at its annex on Pine Street. This year’s fair, held April 6, was another successful venture.
In addition to the vendors, a selling point of the event is the breakfast. The consensus among the attendees is that you have to eat while checking out the tables. The kitchen is an all-male crew.
“It’s like a man cave, but we put out a good breakfast,” said Bob Richelderfer, kitchen team captain.
At Hanover Township Council’s meeting May 1, Attorney Lisa Pereira asked council members to rezone a vacant parcel south of Lloyd Street in the area near American Parkway and Airport Road.
The property, owned by Good Mac Airport Associates, continues to be reviewed for an appropriate commercial development. The developer and the township assumed the property was zoned for commercial use but found that one parcel was not labeled correctly.
Pastor Scott Paradise closed out his ministry at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church May 5.
He has served the congregation since 2013. The church, at 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, is being sold, but the agreement is not finalized. The last service in the church will be in June.
Paradise indicated that he planned to travel in southern New England to learn more about his father’s family.
“For me, it will be a pilgrimage. Every trip should have a purpose, and any trip that has a purpose is a pilgrimage,” he said.
Despite a muddy lawn from the rains, the April 20 egg hunt at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church went on. The hunt was held inside the 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, church.
The youngest participants got a choice of eggs in the meeting room, while the next age group wandered in the sacristy in search of eggs.
The oldest group gathered in the conference room to build graham cracker houses covered with Easter trinkets.
Blondies, 333 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted a Food with the Fuzz event — a gathering between community members and Catasauqua Police Department personnel.
The event, sponsored monthly by Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, was held April 25.
Blondies and the church provided everyone who attended a choice of one of the award-winning hot dog creations prepared by Chad Gillespie.
Rockefeller Development Group had a line in Hanover Township Council’s agenda April 17 to provide updated information regarding the Race Street improvements.
Township Manager Christopher Garges reported that Rockefeller had not received a formal notice to proceed from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The developer is working on controlling traffic along Race Street with portions of the road at varying heights. The next phase of the construction project is to begin work on Airport Road.
Garges is looking for an update at the May 17 meeting.
John Landi, owner of Pie’s On Pizzeria, recently acquired property at 413 Second St.
As part of his original agreement with the borough’s zoning hearing board, he made repairs to the garage, including new doors, exterior paint and refurbishing the entrance. The building is used for long-term storage for his Front Street business and his vintage car collection.
The building also has an office space that was not used.
For two-plus decades, Catasauqua Borough has set aside the last Saturday in April to celebrate Arbor Day. This year, it was April 27. The borough takes this time to recognize community organizations and volunteers who have contributed to the borough.
This year, Robert Bastian, Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission chairman, announced the borough planted trees to honor Susan Hein, who, in addition to her duties with the borough, volunteered her time with the Halloween parade and the George Taylor House. Her tree is at the site of the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Engineer Ronald Gawlik reported April 29 his office has released bids for streetscape improvements on Front Street. The improvements are part of the rejuvenation of Front Street in line with the Iron Works project.
After council’s workshop that night, council members met in executive session to review a presentation on the sales agreement for the Iron Works project. The final agreement is expected to be on the agenda for a vote at the regular meeting May 6.
The Porter Chapman Masonic Lodge held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Northampton Area Food Bank April 6.
“We hold the fundraiser when they need some help. It’s part of our commitment to help the community,” said Richard Mullen, who helped coordinate the event. “Everyone in the lodge chips in to make the event successful.”
The lodge is unique in that it is actually two separate lodges. The Porter Lodge was formed in Catasauqua Borough, and the Chapman Lodge was originally in Northampton Borough. The combined lodges are based at 1103 Sixth St., North Catasauqua.