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Hanover Township woman escapes fire

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Home in 900 block of Troxell Street is destroyed

Margaret Szabo always started her car to warm it up in these cold winter months. Her neighbors looked out for the older Szabo who passed the age of 80 a few years ago.

"It was an older car so she was always afraid that it would not start or keep going in the cold weather," said Szabo's neighbor Elizabeth Woolley.

In the late afternoon of Feb. 16, Woolley, who lives across the street, was sitting in her living room and saw smoke coming from under the closed garage door of Szabo's house.

Emergency personnel were alerted.

Catty to work with PennDOT on traffic plan

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Councilwoman Debra Mellish will be representing the borough on an advisory panel being formed to address the issue of traffic on Race Street.

She will work with Penn- DOT, whose engineers have proposed adding traffic signals at three intersections along Race Street.

The intersections are in the borough's historical district and Mellish is a member of the Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association.

Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder told council members at their Feb. 9 meeting that Penn-DOT was looking for some borough representation on the advisory panel.

Hanover officials reappointed

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township is governed by a Home Rule Charter that requires all officials and any consulting firms contracted by the township be appointed or reappointed annually.

A couple of years ago, the reorganization meeting yielded some unexpected results, but generally, most of the positions filled are reappointments.

In the two key positions on council, Bruce Paulus was appointed chairman and J. Robert Heimbecker was appointed vice chairman at the reorganizational meeting in January.

Hanover Twp. pressured to approve FedEx

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Union members address council

Although the proposed FedEx hub was not on the agenda for Hanover Township's council meeting Feb. 4, representatives from the local Operating Engineers Union attended the meeting to discuss the proposed project.

Shipping giant FedEx has proposed a 1-million-square-foot ground transportation warehouse hub in neighboring Allen Township.

Truck traffic from the hub will travel through Hanover Township on its way to Route 22. Allen Township approved the plan in August of 2014.

Seeking parking solutions in Catty

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Is there a solution for the longtime scarcity of parking in the borough of Catasauqua? It seems there will be new space available to alleviate the problem in the Iron Works project along Front Street, but some thoughtful planning is needed before development of the property begins.

At the conclusion of the Jan. 5 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, Council President Vincent Smith proposed the borough form an ad hoc committee to look at parking issues and street orientation in the downtown area.

Seamus returns to Westminster show

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Police chief hopes his champion Great Dane can earn Best in Breed

Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish and his wife Kristin, have been invited to attend the Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show in New York City Feb. 16 and 17 with their champion Great Dane, Seamus.

This is the 130th annual show and the second year Seamus has been invited.

"Last year he received a Select Dog Award," Kristin told The Press. "We wanted to get a Best in Breed, but any ribbon from Westminster is an achievement."

Since last year's Westminster show, Seamus has been active in the champion circuit.

Directors appointed to manage the George Taylor House

Thursday, January 29, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Plans for 2015 begin to take shape

Local residents Patricia Yost and Emily Zacharda have been appointed by Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder as co-directors of the George Taylor House, the borough's national historical landmark building.

Council approved the positions at its January meeting.

"The borough wants to try different events at the George Taylor House and bolster its presence in the Lehigh Valley," Goldfeder said.

According to Zacharda, a number of events are planned in the future.

Catasauqua Borough reorganizes for 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Since 2014 was not a local election year, most appointed positions in the borough remain the same.

Council President remains Vincent Smith; Vice-President remains Jessica Kroope.

Committee assignments on council remain the same as well.

While some municipalities reorganize assignments and appointments annually, Catasauqua only re-evaluates council assignments after an election has occurred.

However, there are assignments and appointments that need to be made for terms expiring in 2014.

PennDOT meets Hanover Twp.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Residents overflow municipal building

Hanover Township held a special meeting on Jan.14 to discuss with PennDOT officials the FedEx warehouse project underway in Allen Township. Hundreds of township residents gathered for the meeting at the municipal building.

The high turnout taxed the meeting facilities, with many interested parties catching the commentary in the lobby.

Michael Rebert, District Executive for PennDOT, was caught by surprise.

"We didn't expect this to be a public meeting," he said.

Council and Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton maintained order and kept the meeting informative.