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Suspected ammonia spill investigated in Hanover Township

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Fifteen ambulances converged on a Hanover Township site when a hazardous condition was reported June 1.

Details of the event were reported to the township council at their June 6 meeting by township clerk Vicky Roth.

“We received a call from Health Network Laboratories about an ammonia smell coming from the swale between two buildings,” Roth said. “We contacted Base Engineering, who went over to investigate.”

The building is located on Roble Road.

Ammonia can mix with some chemicals with explosive results.

Quilts on display at historic house

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

June 4 saw the opening of the first-ever quilt show at the George Taylor House. The quilts, combined with a session listening to the reminiscences of Mary Todd Lincoln, portrayed by Linda Minarik, made for a delightful afternoon on a cool, rainy weekend day.

Minarik gave a marvelous rendition of Mrs. Lincoln. Historians have found the woman to have had a colorful and strange lifestyle in and out of the White House.

Catasauqua sets dedication date for new building

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Although there were rumors of different dates, at its May 22 workshop session Catasauqua council announced its target date for dedicating the borough’s new municipal building. The dedication date is Sept. 16.

“It will be a celebration, and we will have tours of the building,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said. “There will be a live band, food trucks and events for kids.”

The date was pushed forward to make sure it did not conflict with summer plans.

Bridge, Iron Works projects detailed at Chamber luncheon

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce and Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.

Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.

Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.

Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.

Dog is abandoned on Tacoma Street property

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township authorities looked into the status of a Tacoma Street property after receiving complaints from residents.

At Hanover Council’s May 17 meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner updated council members on the status of the house.

“The property appears to be taken over by the bank,” she said. “Base Engineering Company has a contract to maintain the property.”

Annual Catasauqua cleanup volunteers celebrate Earth Day

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Cool and cloudy Earth Day always brings out a few hardy souls every year to make sure Catasauqua keeps its green areas free of trash. At this year’s April 22 Earth Day, volunteers from Brownie Troop 6138, which meets at Bethany Church in Catasauqua, showed up to do their part.

“We wanted to get the girls out to do something for the community ... they are happy to be here,” said Kelly Decker, who supervised the troop.

Candace Winkler and her husband, Ben, from Catty Beverage, coordinated the cleanup effort.

Hanover close to passing ordinance for cell towers

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township met in a rare workshop session May 17 to gather details on a proposed ordinance that puts restrictions on where cell towers can be placed within the township.

The decision to address cell towers was made a few months ago when township Solicitor Jackson Eaton reported on rumblings that cell towers are now considered a utility and could be placed in any right of way as needed.

Catasauqua historian details role of D&L Trail

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua-based historian Martha Capwell Fox discussed the significance of the D&L Trail during a meeting of Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, held April 26 at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill.

Stephanie Tashner, historical society president, introduced Capwell Fox, who presented details on the trail’s importance up to the rise of the Industrial Revolution in America.

George Taylor House opens season with special bash

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Opening day for the 2017 season at the George Taylor House began Sunday as Chris Clugston introduced the Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society. The folk band has a local following.

“Folk music is the music of the people,” said band member Bob Miller.

The band started in 1994 and has recorded several albums. They are scheduled for their 13th year at Musikfest.

HCPA hosts walking tours

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Participants learn about borough history

On April 9, Debra Mellish, one of the past presidents of the Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association, led the first of 12 scheduled walking tours of Catasauqua’s historical districts.

According to the HCPA website, there are two districts. One is the area around Biery’s Port, and the other includes the mansions on Second Street, stretching to Fourth Street and a little beyond.

The Biery’s Port area is significant from the earliest days of the borough. The mansions were built by industrialists as Catasauqua pioneered the Industrial Revolution.