At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 4, Ronald Gawlik, borough engineer, reported that construction of the new Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek will begin March 8.
Slovak Center Social Club, North Catasauqua, held a cash bingo and basket raffle fundraiser March 2 for Dave Kline, from Kline’s Auto Service Center, 806 Race St., Catasauqua.
Kline is battling cancer and needed help to cover health care expenses. His friends turned out to support him. Ruthi Stanley, who is the steward at the center, said the crowd reached the maximum 100-person seating capacity.
Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish met with the public Feb. 21 at the borough’s ongoing monthly police meet-and-greet events. The latest event, Soup with the Smokies, was held at Bridge Street Family Restaurant, 215 Bridge St.
The genesis of the idea to meet with police officers came from Pastor Brian Riedy of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church.
“We are always looking for ways to have the community involved, and having residents get to know the police better is a good idea. I heard about a similar program in Las Vegas and adopted it for the borough,” Riedy said.
Melissa Jacobs, owner of Julia’s 4 Seasons, 327 Front St., Catasauqua, has announced her consignment store would close at the end of March.
“We have no plans on where to move next, but we are looking for options,” she said.
According to Jacobs, she was unable to negotiate an acceptable lease arrangement with her landlord.
“This was a tribute store. I named it in honor of my mother and a dear friend whose name was also Julia,” Jacobs said.
Catasauqua Borough Council ran through a gauntlet of items at its workshop session Feb. 25. Subjects for action at the next regular meeting, set for March 4, include appointing a building code official and an update to the Iron Works project from Chad Helmer, of Taggart Associates.
During Veterans Day celebrations, a ceremony was held for Bob “Wabsy” Chromiak and Dick “Mac” MacLaughlin, who officially retired from the Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 Honor Guard.
“I knew something was up when my family members showed up,” MacLaughlin said.
The award is the latest in the line of coincidences with these lifelong friends. They met when they were 10 years old and live within a block of each other 75 years later.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua, holds a special soup, salad and sweets fundraising event the weekend before Valentine’s Day. The idea was the brainchild of Judy Morgan.
“This year, everything we raise is going to the church’s general fund,” Morgan said.
The event was held Feb. 9. Last year, the money raised went to the choir.
Everything is homemade — even the salad is hand tossed.
“When we started this event, we had it in the evening. The afternoon works so much better for us,” Morgan said.
Annually, Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association holds a celebration for all of its volunteers.
“Without the volunteers, we would not be able to keep our association viable,” said Betsy Hillenbrand, president of HCPA.
This year’s celebration was held Jan. 25 at the Biery House, 8 Race St.
The organization has far-reaching patrons with volunteers attending from all over the area.
The specialty foods were prepared by HCPA members.
During the meeting, volunteers discussed setting goals for 2019 and anticipated another active year in the community.
A large sinkhole at Chestnut Grove properties was reported to Hanover Township Council at its Feb. 6 meeting. The homeowners association quickly repaired the sinkhole, located on the community property. In the past, the township assisted homeowners when they were financially challenged by sinkholes. No assistance was required from the township.
In other business, the township updated its fee schedule. The notable change is an increase in commercial inspection fees from $150 to $200.
Kyle Hartranft has the task of fundraising for North Catasauqua’s volunteer fire department, Charotin Hose Company, located at 1066 Fourth St.
Deann Schneck, of Paint and Party, came up with the idea to have a Paint and Sip event at the firehouse. The event was held Feb. 9.
The idea is to paint as a group under the watchful guidance of a local artist and walk away with your own canvas. Some of the budding artists were convinced the picture got better as the night wore on.