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Writer’s words memorialized at hospital

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Mark Reccek’s columns to hang in LVH-Muhlenberg oncology department

When Mark Reccek was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he began his treatment in the oncology department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. The Marine was a fighter and wrote regularly for The Press newspapers.

While he was undergoing treatment, he was being cared for by his sister, Donna Kukor, of Bath. During his stints in the hospital, Reccek continued to write columns on the experiences he had during his treatment.

Borough hints at sale agreements for Iron Works

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Dec. 10, Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker indicated the borough is close to an agreement with the lone developer interested in pursuing the Iron Works project.

“We have been in five negotiation sessions, and we are close to the final agreement,” he said.

The plan is to release the final draft of the document to council at a private session scheduled for Jan. 28, 2019.

Hanover considers safety system at municipal site

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

State police would be notified of emergency via wireless panic button

At Hanover Council’s regular meeting Dec. 5, township Manager Christopher Garges asked council to move forward with a proposal to install an alarm system at the township’s municipal building.

“There have been several instances where municipal employees were attacked in municipal buildings. It is a cause for concern,” he said.

Phoenix Forging history timeline

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

1882 – Bryden Horseshoe Company is established in Catasauqua.

1914 – Bryden has 300 employees producing 50 tons of horseshoes for British and Russian armies.

1928 – Phoenix Manufacturing Company acquires Bryden Horseshoe Company.

1939 – Phoenix begins production of commercial forgings and flanges and changes name to Phoenix Forging.

1953 – Phoenix supplies forgings for atomic-age industries.

1957 – Phoenix is acquired by Union Tank Car Company.

1981 – Phoenix facility is acquired by The Marmon Group.

1985 – Phoenix reverts to private ownership.

Forging ahead

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua company continues reputation of reliability, quality

The largest employer in Catasauqua can trace its heritage back to 1882 when the Bryden Horseshoe Company was established.

Bryden, at its founding, had the latest horseshoe technology, a unique design that kept horses from sliding. Phoenix Manufacturing acquired the company in 1928 after Bryden rose to fame producing horseshoes during World War I.

As the need for horseshoes declined, the company reimagined itself into a commercial forging and flanges company. Acquisitions and mergers helped growth, but the company reverted to private ownership.

A festive night

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Residents enjoy carols, crafts, visit from Santa at Catasauqua event

Catasauqua Borough continued its long-standing tradition of lighting the borough Christmas tree on the first Sunday of December. The light rain did not deter too many revelers at this year’s event, held Dec. 2.

“We were happy so many residents came out to enjoy the evening,” Mayor Barbara Schlegel said.

Some of the events were canceled because of the rain, but a fun-filled night was still in store.

Small-business shopping in Catasauqua

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Where did local residents turn to find unique gifts for this holiday season?

Each year on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Main Streets President Kimberly Brubaker hosts a pop-up shop for local handmade products. Main Streets is Catasauqua’s business association.

This year, the pop-up shop was held at 417 Front St., Catasauqua. The property is owned by Jackie and David Harth, who provided the space at no cost.

The shop has a limited display of handmade art from a variety of craftsmen. Some of the vendors are repeats.

Tocci named to Hanover seat

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Newest member is also township planner

After due consideration, Hanover Township Council Chairman Bruce Paulus, with the concurrence of council, appointed Richard Tocci to fill the seat of Councilman Curtis Wegfahrt.

Wegfahrt vacated his seat because he was relocated out of the area. The township presented him with a plaque thanking him for his service to the community.

Tocci has been a member of the township planning commission, so he is fami- liar with some of the actions affecting the township.

Main Streets group dedicates mural

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The mural on the side of Catasauqua Community Food Bank, 527 Front St., had a formal dedication ceremony Nov. 10. Main Streets, Catasauqua’s local business organization, contracted locally trained but internationally known artist Denton Burrows for the mural.

Kimberly Brubaker, president of Main Streets, viewed local artworks on Southside Bethlehem and selected Burrows for his innovative approach to public art.

Borough reviews year-end ordinances

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catty council to vote on 2019 budget at next meeting, set for Dec. 10

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Nov. 26, council reviewed a list of ordinances that will be passed at its regular meeting Dec. 10.

At that meeting, council will vote on the 2019 budget, fix the tax rate at 6.10 mills, approve the township manager’s salary and set the criteria for senior discounts for garbage collection.