Catasauqua Press

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Biking through town

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

American Legion bike riders revved their 100-plus engines and rode into town April 20.

“This isn’t a motorcycle club; we are just American Legion members who like to get out and ride,” said Rich Scherb, who organized the stop at Catasauqua’s Post 215. “For the most part, everyone knows each other.”

Scherb led the group with his 2014 Harley Davidson Street Glide.

According to Scherb, the organization finds a veteran in need of assistance and helps them.

More questions on proposed ticketing ordinance

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council has votes to pass legislation; president would prefer a better count

Councilwoman Christine Weaver is working to get Catasauqua council members to agree on a ticketing ordinance.

Council has enough votes to pass the measure by a 4 to 3 vote. A veto by Mayor Barbara Schlegel would, however, put the measure out of reach. Council President Vincent Smith would like to see a more convincing vote from council.

The ticketing ordinance is designed to give the borough an effective way to motivate residents to keep up with maintenance items that may detract from the appearance of the borough.

Burlesque takes stage May 19

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The Gas House Dance Hall hosts a monthly burlesque review. The House of Knight burlesque group is one of the three reviews in the area, and its performers are returning to the 311 Front St., Catasauqua, venue May 19.

Burlesque has a literary definition used when there is a comical exaggeration of a norm. The more standard definition is an earthy comedy routine with short skits and often a strip tease.

The revue at the Gas House throws out the literary definition. There are some good lines: “If you’re happy and you know it … it’s your meds.”

Coffee with a Cop

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Chief says informal atmosphere better for borough residents

Blocker’s Coffeehouse, 309 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted its first-time Coffee with a Cop event May 9.

“We had someone, who prefers to remain anonymous, who wanted to try an informal setting where residents could talk with local police. We thought it was a good idea,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said.

The anonymous donor paid for the coffee for attendees, and various officers from the force, in addition to the police chief, stopped in to talk with them.

The idea is to continue the coffee shop talk in the future.

Hanover looks at FedEx traffic concerns

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Warehouse could open early even if road improvements are not complete

At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting May 2, township Manager Christopher Garges gave an evaluation on the status of traffic from the FedEx Ground development on Willowbrook Road.

There are rumors that FedEx would like to open the warehouse early even if the road improvements are not completed, Garges said.

Catty council names borough secretary

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Goldfeder continues as zoning officer; mayor commends former manager

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting May 7, council appointed borough Manager Stephen Travers as borough secretary.

The borough secretary is responsible for the information provided to council members and records the voting records. It is customary that the borough manager and borough secretary are the same person.

Council reaffirmed that Eugene Goldfeder would continue as zoning officer.

New manager talks business

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Travers says he is impressed with Iron Works, Main Streets

Newly appointed Catasauqua Borough Manager Stephen Travers took time from his busy day recently to talk about his new job.

“Everyone keeps asking me what my vision is,” he said. “My job is to implement what council wants to do. Residents elect the members of council.”

Travers praised the borough council members.

“I spent four hours interviewing with them, and we went on at length in different questions. One thing I came away with is that everyone on council is doing what is best for the borough. They disagree on how we get there, but that is to be expected,” he said.

Training academy owner to move facility back to borough

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Barry Lovelace, voted five times as the Lehigh Valley’s best personal trainer, is on the move. He opened his first facility in Catasauqua and then moved to Coplay.

He plans to move back to Catasauqua.

Lovelace got his start training girls’ high school volleyball teams.

“I still do team training, but that is done at their facilities. I go to them; they don’t come to my place,” he said.

Lovelace’s techniques are unique.

Arbor Day celebrated

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Longtime employees, volunteers honored during annual event

Robert Bastian, chairman of Catasauqua’s Shade Tree Commission, welcomed honorees and guests to an Arbor Day celebration April 28 at the borough’s new municipal complex.

This is the first year the celebration was held at the 90 Bridge St. building. According to Mayor Barbara Schlegel, this is, however, the 19th annual borough celebration of Arbor Day.

“It’s important that we continue to beautify the borough with our long-standing commitment to planting trees. It is a way to beautify the community and to honor those who have served the borough well,” she said.

Fossil’s chowder cook-off is a hit

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Local tavern raises money for animal rescue organizations

Jackie Harford’s tavern, Fossil’s Last Stand, sponsored a benefit for the animal rescue organizations Feline Urban Rescue and Rehabilitation (FURR) and Peaceable Kingdom April 7.

“We do three fundraisers a year. Nancy Green talked to me about fundraising for these organizations five years ago, and we have been doing it ever since,” Harford said.

The chili cook-off, held in November, and the chowder cook-off have the same format. Amateur chefs bring in their prepared recipes, and everyone gets to vote for their favorite creation.