(This is the second and final part of this feature on Joe Young and his Youngiefest event.)
When Joe Young put together his first Youngiefest celebration, it was a gathering of his former students who had gone on to become successful businessmen.
“When I talked to these men and realized what they have accomplished, it keyed something in my mind,” Young said. “Some students in schools today are bored with traditional school classroom instruction, just like some of the people in my classes.”
This year’s Youngiefest was held May 18 at Victor C. Talotta Park, Cementon.
The ever-popular summer concert series at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St., is back on Friday nights.
The feature event June 21 was Scott Marshall and Marshall’s Highway. Witt’s Tree Service sponsored it.
Last year, it rained nearly every Friday night, but it has been clear so far this year.
Friday concerts are the highlight of the week. Next in the lineup: Large Flowerheads, 7-10 p.m. July 5.
There will also be a Hunkajunk Band concert July 4.
Bring your own chair and your own food and drink.
Residents Keith Bartholomew and Leann Briody came before Hanover Township Council June 5 to discuss activity in their neighborhood.
“We had an instance where gunshots were fired on Pennsylvania Avenue at Chapman across from our house. It was in Bethlehem, but it was still close to us,” Bartholomew said.
The incident was captured on video from several homeowners’ surveillance cameras.
“We also had the instance where a pipe bomb was found just off Catasauqua Road. It’s not in Hanover either but still close,” he said.
Jay and Renee Cimerol, owners of Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub and Pie, held their official grand opening June 22 at the 301 Mulberry St., Catasauqua, location.
They could not have planned a better opening day; the weather was clear, warm and sunny.
The Cimerols blocked off Mulberry Street for the event, an act that reportedly received some resistance from the neighborhood.
The event included music from Common Bond and a street fair. Children took to the street to create colorful chalk drawings.
Joe Young continues to celebrate his dedication to craftsmanship.
Young gathered his former students May 18 at Victor Talotta Park, 5185 Dewey St., Cementon, for Youngiefest, a reunion of sorts.
Young was orphaned at age 7 and went on to graduate from Tamaqua High School in 1959. He graduated from Stevens Trade School for Fatherless Boys in 1964. He went on to establish his supremacy in trades. After a stint with M&M Candies, he began teaching at Upper Bucks County Technical School.
Mike Leondi, vice president with the Rockefeller Group, briefed Hanover Township Council on the status of the Willowbrook Road and Race Street projects at the meeting June 19. Leondi had a detailed schedule outlining the plans from October 2018 to October 2019.
The project is behind the original schedule, and the public is frustrated with the traffic interruptions.
Catasauqua Borough Council took the first part of its workshop meeting June 24 to interview candidates for the vacant seat on council.
All of the candidates were given an opportunity to present their views and answer questions from council. Two names were submitted for nominations. Tammi Hauser received the required three votes in the first round of voting.
Hauser will be sworn in at borough council’s regular meeting July 1. She replaces Christine Weaver, who resigned last month.
“Mom, there’s nothing to do!”
Not so in Catasauqua Borough — the Fun in the Sun program started its 20th year June 17 at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.
This year, the leaders who started the program to get kids outside and playing are active again.
“We have all kinds of events set up. We have a miniature golf trip later this week, and they always enjoy that,” Kim Labezius said.
There are plenty of kids around.
“We usually get around 50 most every day,” Lisa Casciotti said.
Time flies when you are having fun — and that was the case for Taylor House Brewing Company.
The local microbrewery, located at 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua, celebrated its anniversary June 1. In honor of the occasion, the brewery hosted a celebratory weekend with specials, music, food and more May 31-June 2.
To celebrate, Mike Lessa, master brewer, crafted a dry, double-hop IPA that was released June 1.
“We are making one keg of it — and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Depending on the reaction we get, we might declare it an anniversary beer and serve it every year,” he said.
At the June 5 meeting of Hanover Township Council, Manager Christopher Garges discussed two grant applications the township is pursuing for improvements at the entrance to Valley Plaza.
“The bus stop is a high traffic stop for LANTA. There is a bus stop on the mall side of the street, but nothing on the other side. The grant would allow us to install a crosswalk and make the area safer for bus riders,” he said.
Township Engineer Albert Kortze explained that improving the area is more than just painting a crosswalk on the road.