On July 15, Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua, put on one of its three fundraisers for Peaceable Kingdom, Whitehall, and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab (FURR), Stewartsville, N.J. The bikini bike wash is traditionally well attended, but this year, a passing storm poured rain into the parking lot before the event.
“I wasn’t too worried; it’s a good cause, and I said a few prayers,” said Jacki Hartford, who owns the popular club with her husband, Carl.
The skies turned blue at the opening bell, and bikers rolled into the parking lot.
Douglas Kish, chief of Catasauqua Police Department; the Rev. Brian Riedy, pastor of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church; and John Landi, owner of Pie’s On Pizzeria, teamed up for another community session — this time, a Pizza with Police event — with the police department July 18. Participants gathered at the Catasauqua restaurant, located at Front and Pine streets.
“Each time we do this, we get more people interested in what we do,” Kish said. “It’s so much better to meet people like this. We normally only see citizens when something is going wrong.”
Catasauqua native and longtime resident Steve Spesak brought his collection of Catasauqua memorabilia to the Biery House, 8 Race St., Catasauqua, in time for the July 4 celebration at the George Taylor House.
“There are probably 200 or more items of interest to Catasauqua that I collected over the past years,” he said.
His collection included school banners, one with Catasauqua in Northampton school colors, and trinkets from memorable events. The pieces included specialty china with unique and local descriptions.
The first sign went up July 16. The closing became official July 23. The bridge replacement is now delayed until July 30.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, after promising a new bridge over Catasauqua Creek, came in with a crew that can get it done.
The project is in three phases, starting with utility replacement and then moving to the eastbound lane. The span is closed between Pineapple and 10th streets.
Catasauqua Emergency Management Agency warns drivers to expect delays and use caution in the area.
Karen Frisch, of Chestnut Grove, addressed Hanover Township Council July 18 with her complaints about fireworks. Reading from a prepared statement, she said she wants to see the state representatives who voted in favor of the measure to be called on the carpet.
“They should not be in a position to make decisions for the welfare of the people of Pennsylvania,” she said.
According to Frisch, fireworks were set off continuously during the week of July 4.
“I heard them, and the following morning, cars in the area were covered with debris,” she said.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting July 9, Arlana Corrocher asked council to address a problem she sees on Walnut Street.
“There are no four-way stop signs on Third and Fourth streets at Walnut Street. It’s hard to see because of the parked cars, and most drivers roll through the stop signs. It causes a lot of near misses,” she said.
Janice Lathrop gave her support to the problem, adding that a similar situation exists at Second and Pine streets.
Borough Manager Stephen Travers proposed adding a sign indicating that cross street traffic does not stop.
John Corello took the podium at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting July 9 to complain about maintenance on a property at 901 Bridge St. He may have inadvertently pointed out a weakness that opponents of the proposed ticketing ordinance were looking for.
Corello teamed up with his neighbor to report that the long-tenured owners of the Bridge Street property moved to a house they inherited and, after trying to sell, moved a family member into the 901 house. Since the change, the property has not been well-maintained, Corello said.
What event brings in the most people to Catasauqua — Christmas celebration? July 4? It could possibly be the annual borough pub crawl.
Usually held on a weekend near July 4, the event started as an offshoot of Old Home Week. Organizer Joni Elekes keeps the tradition alive with growing numbers every year.
Local taverns love it.
“The first year, we didn’t really know what was going to happen,” said Jacki Hartford, the owner of Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St. “Now, we are ready. We have the Steel Valley Motorcycle Club checking IDs, so we can get everyone served.”
The July 4 reading of the Declaration of Independence at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua, has grown from a simple recitation to a dynamic portrayal of the event by Christopher Black and the Bachmann Players.
Actors, dressed in period costume, portrayed the Tories and the Patriots with the Loyalists crying treason at each paragraph. It is fun and entertaining.
Scot DeCristofaro, of Carroll Engineering Corporation in Warrington, led a demonstration of the company’s MuniLogic system June 20 before Hanover Township’s regular meeting.
The system was impressive with a host of options to allow differing data searches. DeCristofaro encouraged council to allow users to search for specific data that would be useful to the township. The program covers all municipal operations and gives the township an infinite variety of data compilations.