Herve Rousseau, owner of the Dery mansion, 520 Fifth St., Catasauqua, held an open house for developers and Catasauqua residents interested in the 25,000-square-foot grand property, billed as the largest residential property in Lehigh County.
The troubled property has been through several developers trying to bring it back to its glorious elegance. Rousseau’s experience with successful stylish nightclubs was to be Dery’s next iteration.
Unfortunately, the restoration costs are overwhelming.
Parents using the St. Paul’s Child Care Center, Catasauqua, gathered in the church auditorium May 15 to listen to options to keep the center functioning. Len Witt, church council member, confirmed the new owners do not want to continue the program.
“We gave the new owners the financial picture and the advantages of the nursery. They reviewed everything but made the decision to close the nursery at St. Paul’s,” Witt said.
The announcement was not unexpected.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, holds a Victorian tea event as part of its spring fundraising effort. This year, the proceeds went to the Public Library of Catasauqua.
Before the tea party, which was held April 27, the church set up a basket display with a selection of nearly 100 options. Add in a variety of gift cards and local craft items, and there is chance for getting a dream gift. Those invited to the tea can put in their tickets for the raffle.
Reservations were needed, and spots for next year will be filled by February.
At its regular meeting May 6, Catasauqua Borough Council moved forward on a plan to change some street directions.
“We will start the procedure and will make them permanent,” Councilman Brian Mc-Kittrick said.
The changes proposed are as follows:
Pineapple Street will be one way south from School Street to Race Street.
Linden Street will be one way east from Second Street to Pineapple Street.
These changes recognize Pineapple Street is a narrow street and has difficulty handling two-way traffic. Linden Street will be one way across its length.
Boy Scout Troop 94, based out of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, took over the Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 hall, 330 Second St., March 31.
“We had a couple of trials before, but this is the first time we had breakfast at the Legion hall,” Scoutmaster Don Szerencits said.
The kitchen staff consisted of volunteers following Don Oncheck’s lead. The breakfast was a buffet, and Oncheck was able to maintain the fluffy pancake texture you know and love.
Every spring before the daffodils get to full bloom, Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua holds its semiannual craft/vendor fair at its annex on Pine Street. This year’s fair, held April 6, was another successful venture.
In addition to the vendors, a selling point of the event is the breakfast. The consensus among the attendees is that you have to eat while checking out the tables. The kitchen is an all-male crew.
“It’s like a man cave, but we put out a good breakfast,” said Bob Richelderfer, kitchen team captain.
At Hanover Township Council’s meeting May 1, Attorney Lisa Pereira asked council members to rezone a vacant parcel south of Lloyd Street in the area near American Parkway and Airport Road.
The property, owned by Good Mac Airport Associates, continues to be reviewed for an appropriate commercial development. The developer and the township assumed the property was zoned for commercial use but found that one parcel was not labeled correctly.
Pastor Scott Paradise closed out his ministry at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church May 5.
He has served the congregation since 2013. The church, at 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, is being sold, but the agreement is not finalized. The last service in the church will be in June.
Paradise indicated that he planned to travel in southern New England to learn more about his father’s family.
“For me, it will be a pilgrimage. Every trip should have a purpose, and any trip that has a purpose is a pilgrimage,” he said.
Despite a muddy lawn from the rains, the April 20 egg hunt at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church went on. The hunt was held inside the 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, church.
The youngest participants got a choice of eggs in the meeting room, while the next age group wandered in the sacristy in search of eggs.
The oldest group gathered in the conference room to build graham cracker houses covered with Easter trinkets.
Blondies, 333 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted a Food with the Fuzz event — a gathering between community members and Catasauqua Police Department personnel.
The event, sponsored monthly by Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, was held April 25.
Blondies and the church provided everyone who attended a choice of one of the award-winning hot dog creations prepared by Chad Gillespie.