At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Sept. 3, borough Manager Stephen Travers indicated he would talk to business owners along two blocks of Front Street regarding the borough’s sidewalk project.
As background, the borough looked to improve the sidewalks across from the new municipal building. The sidewalks and curbing along Front Street are sinking. Anticipated road improvements would bring the roadway higher, rendering the curbs useless.
The James Supra Blues Band made an appearance at Catasauqua’s amphitheater Aug. 30 for one of the borough’s summer concerts at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.
“We try to get at least one concert every year with him,” Jeff Miller said. “He is much sought-after talent, and we are happy he always has a great show.”
Miller runs the parks and the pool and starts scheduling the bands in February. He noted Catasauqua’s venue is in high demand by local musicians.
Supra’s band is popular in the Lehigh Valley.
At its meeting Aug. 20, Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved a request to relocate a child care center from St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catasauqua to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Whitehall.
St. Paul’s, 417 Howertown Road, is under an agreement of sale, although the sale has not been completed. Part of the church was a nursery school that parents used for decades. Parents at the facility wanted to continue the faith-friendly day care, but the new owners opted instead to close the facility.
At its meeting Aug. 21, township Manager Christopher Garges presented Hanover Township Council with a series of agreements that would allow the township to participate in the multimunicipal River Central Comprehensive Plan.
The regional approach was originally proposed by Garges in an effort to return planning and zoning to municipal residents. The comprehensive plan includes Hanover Township (Lehigh County), Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs and East Allen Township.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Aug. 26, borough Manager Stephen Travers recommended the River Central Comprehensive Plan proposed by a consortium of municipalities be voted on at council’s regular meeting, set for Sept. 3.
The regional comprehensive plan is endorsed by North Catasauqua, East Allen Township, Catasauqua and Hanover Township, Lehigh County. Each of the municipalities is in the process of legalizing its participation. Each municipality has agreed to a financial commitment of $19,200 to cover anticipated costs. The measure is expected to pass.
Revolution Church took over the George Taylor House grounds for its Back to School Bash Aug. 25.
“We try to do something every year to make sure that students are ready for school,” said Pastor Mary McIver, of Revolution Church, 5 Race St. “And we add a little fun to the event, too.”
Crayola donated paper, crayons and notebooks for kids headed back to the classroom. The church staff packaged everything into 95 backpacks that were supplied by church members.
The party included more than just standing in line to get a backpack.
East Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department and its mutual aid partners were called to a fire Aug. 19 at the central transportation hub off Chrisphalt Drive.
Officials would not comment on the cause of the fire, but it appears to have originated in a trailer transporting dry goods. The tight quarters called for a heightened response.
Original reports, later considered unfounded, indicated that chemicals were on fire and threatened to spread to other parked units. A similar fire occurred at the terminal a little over a year ago.
Catasauqua Borough Council members paused a moment during their meeting Aug. 5 to honor Martha Capwell for her service to the borough.
The occasion was honoring her 60-year history with Catasauqua Garden Club.
While the honor is richly deserved, Capwell is also a lifelong resident of Catasauqua with a strong list of accomplishments and services to the community.
Shortly after storms rolled through the area Aug. 18, Catasauqua residents in the middle of Bridge Street experienced a power surge that caused breakers to trip. With lights and power at a standstill, Dave Coy, the neighborhood’s unofficial leader, called a quick meeting of his neighbors.
“We decided to get one electrician to look at all our houses. I called Diefenderfer based on a recommendation,” he said. “They told me they would be out first thing in the morning with three two-man crews,” he said.
A light two-passenger helicopter crashed Aug. 11 on its approach to Lehigh Valley International Airport.
The Schweizer 269C helicopter was rented from Ace Pilot Training School, based at the airport.
The crash occurred approximately 2:45 p.m. From the situation on the ground, the helicopter appears to have clipped the top of the building at 981 Postal Road during its approach and crashed on the front lawn.