The Catasauqua Firefighter Memorial was officially unveiled Nov. 11 at the municipal building.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel read a proclamation at the ceremony dedicating the memorial. Guests at the event included borough officials, state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and fire officials from surrounding communities.
The monument recounts the borough firefighters who lost their lives in the Unicorn Silk Mill fire in 1890.
Boscola addressed the decline in the number of volunteer firefighters in her remarks.
Helmut Fried, commander of Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, finally fessed up to his crime — a confession at a murder mystery dinner held as a fundraiser, that is. The event took place Oct. 29 at the post.
“Every year, we hold a fundraiser for a Catholic elementary school. We donate $1,000,” said Joan Glover, of Catholic War Veterans Post 454, Northampton, who coordinated the event.
After losing a battle to delay the FedEx Ground warehouse on Willowbrook Road, Hanover Township council discussed future warehouse developments at its Nov. 1 meeting.
According to township Engineer Albert Kortze, Allen Township is planning six warehouses with a total of 2.6 million square feet at Seemsville Road and Route 329.
“The truck traffic from those warehouses will impact Hanover as trucks use Willowbrook Road, Race Street and Airport Road on their way to Route 22,” he said.
Kimberly Brubaker, president of Main Streets, the borough’s business association, approached Catasauqua council at its regular meeting Nov. 6 with a proposal. Her idea ties in with the borough’s push to attract developers and boutique businesses.
“What I am proposing is for the borough to provide funds in the 2018 budget for a business advocate,” she said. “The advocate would have an office in borough hall and be available to deal with business matters.”
At Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s fifth annual planning and development gala celebration Oct. 18 at DeSales University Center, the Borough of Catasauqua was awarded the Communities of Distinction Award.
“We were recognized for what we did with our waterfront zoning district and our new borough building and fire station,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said. “The selection committee was impressed with how the borough handled the abandoned industrial site.
Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua, held its fifth annual chili cook-off Nov. 4. The cook-off is held every year as a fundraiser for Peaceable Kingdom, Whitehall, and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab (FURR), New Jersey.
“We do a chowder fest in the spring to benefit these groups,” said Jackie Harford, who is the face of Fossil’s.
The cook-off increases in popularity every year, she said.
“This year, we had 27 entries in the contest,” Harford said.
Catasauqua Borough’s end-of-the-year events took top priority at council’s workshop session Oct. 30. Mayor Barbara Schlegel set the date for the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the George Taylor House. The program will be held Dec. 3, starting with a crafts program 4 p.m. This year, Revolution Church offered its space for the craft session. Everything will be indoors and out of the weather.
The choir is expected to sing a medley of Christmas favorites about 5 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive 5:30 p.m.
Every year, Mike and Juliann Smith put on an elaborate Halloween display in the yard around their house at 303 Bridge St., Catasauqua.
“It’s quite a project, but over the years, we keep adding new things,” Mike Smith said.
The event gets a lot of play.
“Some of the kids don’t go through the trail, but I’m prepared for them,” Juliann Smith said. “We usually give out a thousand treats.”
Hanover Township had an open session with KDI Office Technology Sept. 20 to discuss the township’s data needs. Councilmen Curtis Wegfahrt and Bob Heimbecker asked for the session. The objective of any future changes in the structure and role of data information is to provide enterprise software solutions.
The objective of enterprise software is to have all data, present and historical, accessible and searchable by any authorized user. Options abound, and separate modules can be added to the system as needs dictate.
There’s a new shop in town, and it’s serving up some hot drinks.
Vicki Bartholomew has set up a local coffee shop — Blocker’s Coffee Shop on Front Street in Catasauqua Borough. Customers can get good coffee to go or sit around and socialize.
“We have loose-leaf tea that we brew, too,” she said.
The grand opening of Blocker’s Coffee Shop Oct. 14 coincided with a performance by April Mae and the June Bugs at the adjacent Gas House Dance Hall.
“We want to continue with swing dancing on the second Saturday,” she said.
Bartholomew also manages the Gas House.