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Super Bowl brew gets rave reviews

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Porter, coffee blend offered for one day at Taylor House

Last week, a select group of taste-testers put together a concoction for a special craft beer to be served at Taylor House Brewing Company over the Super Bowl weekend. The beer was released Feb. 2.

The brew was limited to a single keg — and when the keg was empty, the beer was gone.

The taste-testers selected a Peruvian coffee from Blocker’s Coffeehouse and mixed it with a secret porter recipe.

They dubbed it Biery’s Port Porter.

What’s the verdict? Put it on the craft brew list!

Request for path added to rezoning ordinance

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

District superintendent seeks change for land across from Sheckler

Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler addressed Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop meeting Jan. 28.

Spengler and Councilwoman Christine Weaver have had discussions about the 14-acre parcel across from Sheckler Elementary School. Council is putting together an ordinance to change the zoning on the land to allow for compact town- homes, or attached dwellings. The present zoning requires homes to be on one-acre lots.

Taylor House creates Super Bowl beer

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Blend of Biery’s Porter, Blocker’s coffee available Feb. 2

Taylor House Brewing Company has a plan in the works for Feb. 2, the day before the big game.

“Most people watch the Super Bowl at house parties,” said owner Annette Pompa. “And we will be closed by the time it starts. So, we came up with this.”

Master brewer Mike Lessa is brewing one keg of a special beer in honor of the game — Super Bowl Biery’s Porter.

“It’s one keg, and then it’s gone,” he said.

So get to the Taylor establishment, 76 Lehigh St., Saturday.

The unique concoction is brewed special for dark beer lovers.

Pie’s On owner, volunteers serve holiday dinners

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

600 meals prepared this past Christmas to residents of Catasauqua and beyond

Every year on Christmas Day, John Landi opens the Pie’s On Pizzeria kitchen to prepare a full-blown Christmas dinner, including turkey, ham, potatoes and a vegetable, for those who are celebrating alone or cannot make it out anywhere. He and his crew deliver or serve meals to anyone in need who asks.

“We did about 600 meals [in 2018],” Landi said.

This number is higher than the previous year and a far cry from when this tradition started.

“We started with people around Catty, but word quickly spread, and now we have quite a list of people,” he said.

Blocker’s treats airport workers

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Vicky Bartholomew, owner of Blocker’s Coffeehouse, decided to reward Transportation Security Administration workers at Lehigh Valley International Airport Jan. 25.

Many government employees had been working without a paycheck during the 30-plus-day government shutdown.

“We decided to run coffee and pastries up to them around 8 in the morning,” Bartholomew said. “That’s when the shifts change.”

TSA agents were thrilled.

Bartholomew said it was a goodwill gesture.

“Maybe some of them will taste some good coffee and stop by our place,” she said.

Hanover again names Paulus as chairman

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council members discuss, suggest revisions to township’s new website

As required by its charter, Hanover Township holds an annual reorganization meeting on the second Monday of the new year.

At the meeting Jan. 14, township Manager Christopher Garges called the meeting to order to elect chairman and vice chairman of council. As expected, Bruce Paulus was nominated and elected as chairman, and Michael Woolley was elected vice chairman. There were no other nominations.

Race St. bridge work scheduled for March

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Despite plan to close span, contractor will replace one side at a time

Replacement of the long-delayed Race Street bridge has a new start date of March.

According to Catasauqua Borough Engineer Ronald Gawlik, the span was originally scheduled for replacement in 2017 by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The project was to start in the spring and be completed by fall to accommodate the life cycle of the fish in the creek. The project was postponed.

Former borough municipal building sold

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Lehigh County will continue using Bridge St. site for subsidized housing

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Jan. 7, council approved an ordinance to sell the former municipal building at 118 Bridge St.

The upper floors of the building had been used by Lehigh County Housing Authority for low-income tenants. The building was transferred to the housing authority to allow the current and any future residents to continue in rent-subsidized apartments. The ordinance confirming the sale offered no projection on the future use of the space once occupied by the borough’s municipal offices and council meeting room.

East End station gets new owner

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Building vacant after trucks moved to borough complex

With all volunteer fire operations and trucks now located at Catasauqua’s municipal complex, the East End fire station, 512 Race St., became available for sale. Vincent Smith picked up the option to buy it at a closed bid auction held in December.

“We hoped to close before the end of the year, but there were legal complications that delayed the closing,” he said.

The station was owned by East End Hose and Chemical Company, which rented the garage to the fire department.