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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hanover Township residents, especially those involved in its governance, are mourning the loss of township Engineer Fredrick Hay, who died Jan. 9.
At its meeting Jan. 12, Hanover Township Council observed a moment of silence in his memory. It was an unexpected passing for the longtime, long-term official, who was 60 years old.
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.
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.