The largest employer in Catasauqua can trace its heritage back to 1882 when the Bryden Horseshoe Company was established.
Bryden, at its founding, had the latest horseshoe technology, a unique design that kept horses from sliding. Phoenix Manufacturing acquired the company in 1928 after Bryden rose to fame producing horseshoes during World War I.
As the need for horseshoes declined, the company reimagined itself into a commercial forging and flanges company. Acquisitions and mergers helped growth, but the company reverted to private ownership.
Catasauqua Borough continued its long-standing tradition of lighting the borough Christmas tree on the first Sunday of December. The light rain did not deter too many revelers at this year’s event, held Dec. 2.
“We were happy so many residents came out to enjoy the evening,” Mayor Barbara Schlegel said.
Some of the events were canceled because of the rain, but a fun-filled night was still in store.
Where did local residents turn to find unique gifts for this holiday season?
Each year on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Main Streets President Kimberly Brubaker hosts a pop-up shop for local handmade products. Main Streets is Catasauqua’s business association.
This year, the pop-up shop was held at 417 Front St., Catasauqua. The property is owned by Jackie and David Harth, who provided the space at no cost.
The shop has a limited display of handmade art from a variety of craftsmen. Some of the vendors are repeats.
After due consideration, Hanover Township Council Chairman Bruce Paulus, with the concurrence of council, appointed Richard Tocci to fill the seat of Councilman Curtis Wegfahrt.
Wegfahrt vacated his seat because he was relocated out of the area. The township presented him with a plaque thanking him for his service to the community.
Tocci has been a member of the township planning commission, so he is fami- liar with some of the actions affecting the township.
The mural on the side of Catasauqua Community Food Bank, 527 Front St., had a formal dedication ceremony Nov. 10. Main Streets, Catasauqua’s local business organization, contracted locally trained but internationally known artist Denton Burrows for the mural.
Kimberly Brubaker, president of Main Streets, viewed local artworks on Southside Bethlehem and selected Burrows for his innovative approach to public art.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Nov. 26, council reviewed a list of ordinances that will be passed at its regular meeting Dec. 10.
At that meeting, council will vote on the 2019 budget, fix the tax rate at 6.10 mills, approve the township manager’s salary and set the criteria for senior discounts for garbage collection.
At Hanover Township council’s regular meeting Nov. 19, Chairman Bruce Paulus announced that council had reviewed and approved the 2019 budget. It is available for public review and scheduled for official adoption at council’s Dec. 5 meeting.
With the new budget, the township will continue to have the lowest property tax rate in the state at one-quarter mill. The township, with its management team and business population, has maintained the low tax rate for more than a decade.
Jay Cimerol and his son Tyler are in the final stages to reopening Catty Corner, 301 Mulberry St., Catasauqua.
“The health inspector is coming out on Monday, and we anticipate a soft opening with invited guests after Thanksgiving. The soft opening will give the new staff time to iron out any problems,” Jay Cimerol said. “We wanted to open in time for Thanksgiving, but we just aren’t ready.”
An official grand opening for the establishment, to be renamed Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie, is planned for late December or early January 2019.
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission released a plan dubbed Walk/Bike LV as a way to encourage development of walkways and bike paths to make it easier for residents to get outdoors. The proposal is a regional master plan for pedestrians and bicyclists. Some cities, like Portland and Seattle, lead the way in accommodating everyday trail users. Others like Tucson are a destination for bikers during the winter season.
On Nov. 10, Catasauqua Fire Department held its annual open house and memorial service honoring members of the fire department who have died.
“This is not something we force people to do. Firefighters want to honor their peers who served the fire department,” Fire Chief Richard Hertzog said.
“These are volunteer firefighters. They don their gear to go out and protect the residents of the borough,” Councilman Brian McKittrick said.