May 1 is rapidly approaching, and the festivities to celebrate George Taylor’s 300th birthday begin with a parade.
The parade starts at Front and Union streets.
“Everyone is assembling at the blacksmith shop at Biery Port. We can assemble the marching order for the parade. The calliope will lead us over to the George Taylor House,” said Chris Opresko, the new blacksmith for the Biery House.
Local fire police and ambulance vehicles will join in the parade.
No one needs to have a registration to be a part of the parade.
Staff at Northampton Community College’s (NCC) Institutional Advancement Department headed over to the George Taylor House (GTH) April 9 to help with some spring cleaning.
“This is our second annual Day of Service,” said Shannon Sigafoos, assistant director of marketing and publications at NCC. “We have staff at nursing homes, libraries, senior centers — anywhere that we can offer assistance. This is our first year at the George Taylor House.”
Emily Zacharda, the borough’s curator for GTH, invited the staff over.
Ever since Egyptian times, women have been accentuating their eyes by adding color to their eyelashes.
“Long eyelashes are a sign of beauty in every culture,” said Ming Ming Molony, the owner of Qi Spa in Catasauqua.
In 1879, John McCabe suggested in a book on fashion that eyelashes could be lengthened by cutting the longest ends. False eyelashes were first used in a silent movie, “Intolerance,” when Director D.W. Griffin put them on his lead actress Seena Owen in 1916. A Canadian, Anna Taylor patented false eyelashes just a few years earlier in 1911.
Captain Thomas Verenna put out a call for recruits for his School of the Soldier, conducted on the lawn of Catasauqua’s George Taylor House April 16.
“We want to get more people involved in understanding the role of the militia in the Revolutionary War,” Verenna said during a break in the training.
This was the first of many drills planned for the summer.
Emily Zacharda coordinates activities at the historic house on Lehigh Street.
“We want to have local members ready for our opening ceremony on May 1,” she said.
Verenna added to the discussion.
At its regular meeting April 6, Hanover Township Council introduced changes to its ordinance to allow the township to restrict the use of truck brake retarders on Race Street and Airport Road.
Over the past three months, township Engineer Albert Kortze has studied the issue and prepared a report to council. The procedure requires that the engineer ensure there are no major grade elevations that would cause a safety hazard if the restrictions were enacted.
Borough residents spoke up about flooding and safety issues at the April 4 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council.
Rick Geiger of 523 Erie St. asked council to look into flooding on his property.
“Our street was designed to allow water to flow into the alley, but we get pools of water when it rains,” he said. His home is adjacent to South Catty Field in close proximity to the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
“The airport comes over and pumps out the pools of water, but everything turns to mud,” he said. “We get mud from the airport pipeline work.”
Community leaders and business owners in Catasauqua gathered to hear a presentation about Easton’s successful Main Street program, hoping to have similar success with the borough’s downtown district.
Kim Kmetz spoke at the Bridge Street Studio & Gallery March 29. She has run the Easton program since 2006.
“The consultants told us when we started, ‘You need to make the place safe and clean; otherwise, it’s a nonstarter,’” she said.
Kmetz provided programs and marketing materials designed to change Easton’s local perception.
Found tucked in the attic of a Catasauqua consignment shop on Front Street were 19th-century records of the Crane Iron Works.
“We had to get slate dust off the books when we found them,” said Debra Mellish of the Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association. “The paper was in remarkably good shape. The company purchased good quality ledgers.”
The consignment shop building, in the block between Chapel and Wood streets, was originally the site of the iron works company. Crane was an ironmaking firm between 1839 and 1899.
At the March 28 Catasauqua Borough Council workshop, addressing the controversial topic of Front Street traffic flow was on the agenda.
While Councilwoman Christine Weaver promoted the idea of planning streets and traffic flow around the Iron Works property, including converting Front Street to two-way traffic, Mayor Barbara Schlegel asked for a trial period.
The proposed change to two-way traffic on Front Street would require the elimination of on-street parking along one side of the street.
With a committee of 20, Emily Zacharda is coordinating a summer of activities for the George Taylor House.
“We are planning opening day celebrations on May 1 with marching bands and special flags in our parade,” Zacharda told The Press. The newest addition to opening day is a steam calliope.
“You’re going to be able to hear that one all over town,” she said. Opening day is George Taylor’s 300th birthday, so, naturally, cake and ice cream are on the menu.