Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce and Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.
Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.
Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.
Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.
Hanover Township authorities looked into the status of a Tacoma Street property after receiving complaints from residents.
At Hanover Council’s May 17 meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner updated council members on the status of the house.
“The property appears to be taken over by the bank,” she said. “Base Engineering Company has a contract to maintain the property.”
Cool and cloudy Earth Day always brings out a few hardy souls every year to make sure Catasauqua keeps its green areas free of trash. At this year’s April 22 Earth Day, volunteers from Brownie Troop 6138, which meets at Bethany Church in Catasauqua, showed up to do their part.
“We wanted to get the girls out to do something for the community ... they are happy to be here,” said Kelly Decker, who supervised the troop.
Candace Winkler and her husband, Ben, from Catty Beverage, coordinated the cleanup effort.
Hanover Township met in a rare workshop session May 17 to gather details on a proposed ordinance that puts restrictions on where cell towers can be placed within the township.
The decision to address cell towers was made a few months ago when township Solicitor Jackson Eaton reported on rumblings that cell towers are now considered a utility and could be placed in any right of way as needed.
Catasauqua-based historian Martha Capwell Fox discussed the significance of the D&L Trail during a meeting of Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, held April 26 at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill.
Stephanie Tashner, historical society president, introduced Capwell Fox, who presented details on the trail’s importance up to the rise of the Industrial Revolution in America.
Opening day for the 2017 season at the George Taylor House began Sunday as Chris Clugston introduced the Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society. The folk band has a local following.
“Folk music is the music of the people,” said band member Bob Miller.
The band started in 1994 and has recorded several albums. They are scheduled for their 13th year at Musikfest.
On April 9, Debra Mellish, one of the past presidents of the Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association, led the first of 12 scheduled walking tours of Catasauqua’s historical districts.
According to the HCPA website, there are two districts. One is the area around Biery’s Port, and the other includes the mansions on Second Street, stretching to Fourth Street and a little beyond.
The Biery’s Port area is significant from the earliest days of the borough. The mansions were built by industrialists as Catasauqua pioneered the Industrial Revolution.
Solicitor Jackson Eaton reported to Hanover Township Council at its meeting May 3 that a recent ruling by Pennsylvania courts took cell towers out of the utility category. The township was looking for changes in its zoning laws to restrict cell towers.
“Before the ruling, there was a possibility that cell towers could be put anywhere because they had priority,” Eaton said. “With the new ruling, we might be better able to control where they go using the existing regulations.”
Catasauqua celebrated its 18th year as a Tree City with a celebration April 22.
Robert Bastion, chairman of Catasauqua Shade Tree Commission, opened the ceremonies with an invocation from the Rev. George Spieker. Mayor Barbara Schlegel proclaimed April 22 as Arbor Day in Catasauqua.
This year’s ceremony included several trees dedicated by residents in memory of loved ones. Eugene Schlegel, vice chairman of the commission, introduced each dedication, adding reminiscences.
Jessica Kroope and Ava Baraket dedicated a tree to Christopher Baraket, who passed away last year.
At the April 24 workshop meeting of Catasauqua Borough Council, Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported on the bid opening for the borough’s 2017 curb cut program.
“The low bidder was Barker and Barker with a bid of $78,000,” he said. “That is higher than our allocated cost of $43,000.”
Goldfeder will review the bid to see if there are any anomalies. The funds for the project come from the county’s Community Development Block Grant money. According to Goldfeder, there may be an option to increase the borough’s share of the county’s funds.