At its regular meeting April 2, Catasauqua Borough Council announced that Stephen Travers was selected as the new borough manager. The motion to offer the position to Travers passed by a vote of 4 to 3 with Councilmen Brian Bartholomew and Eugene Schlegel and Councilwoman Jessica Kroope opposed.
Schlegel explained his vote after the meeting.
“We are not opposed to him; we had more questions to ask,” he said. “There was no rush that this appointment had to be today.”
The Press took a moment to talk with Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder on his last day in the office March 29.
He has retired after working for the borough for more than 40 years.
“I’ll still come in on some special occasions,” he said. “I’ll be the zoning officer, and that will take up a few days a month. I’m going to help out where I can.”
That does not mean he intends to stick around.
During Catasauqua Borough Council’s March 26 workshop meeting, Raymond Filozof took to the podium with a complaint against UGI’s aggressive policies.
According to Filozof, who has a home at 339 Howertown Road, he arrived March 22 at his residence and saw a posted sign indicating road construction “Mon-Fri 6A to 4P.” On Friday, March 23, his truck was towed and impounded.
“When somebody puts up a sign like that, you assume they mean the following week,” he said.
According to Police Chief Douglas Kish, if the vehicle is in the way, the police can impound it.
For those who know the subtle difference between kielbasa/kolbasi and pirohy/pierogi, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, North Catasauqua, has a treat for you.
“There are quite a few orthodox churches in the area, but this is the ‘mother’ church. It was the first one in the Lehigh Valley,” Kip Fedetz said. “The men from the coal region came down here.”
That was 119 years ago.
The 1023 Fifth St. church makes paska, a traditional Easter bread.
David Jaindl’s A-Treat company launched its first A-Treat Heroes campaign earlier this year. It asked for individuals who made substantial yet unrecognized contributions in the community.
“We are happy to recognize these local people who have gone above and beyond the call,” said Jaindl during a visit Monday to Catasauqua.
A-Treat asked for nominations from local communities and pared the list down to six candidates. The company opened the list to Facebook and allowed the public to vote.
Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association (HCPA) held a unique fundraiser at the Biery House, Catasauqua, March 9. Although HCPA boasts a varied member list, this event was for women only.
The event centered around Bunco, a game that Google and at least one attendee confirmed requires no skill.
Bunco originally started as a confidence game in the 18th century and moved to a parlor game after the Civil War. The game’s popularity peaked in the ’80s, but it is still played frequently by women.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 5, Debbie Smale took her turn at the podium to discuss an ongoing problem with a Hartzell’s Plumbing box truck that is parked outside her house.
Smale had a few pertinent questions.
The truck has been parked outside her house since late summer, she said. The police served a complaint on the owner of Hartzell’s, she continued, adding the owner assumed the complaint was lodged by Smale. Smale said she did not make the complaint.
At Catasauqua Borough’s regular meeting March 5, council discussed an issue at the municipal pool. The Catasauqua Creek wall along the pool has failed and needs to be rebuilt. Public works Director Jeff MacHose estimated costs for the rebuild at $175,000.
The borough does not have the money for the capital improvement. There are potential Community Development Block Grant funds for the deck, but an unsupported deck is of questionable value.
MacHose made a suggestion that the borough close the pool and use the ongoing maintenance costs to fund the wall.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., held a dinner Feb. 10 to benefit the choir.
According to Judy Morgan, choir director, this event is the premier fundraiser for the choir.
“For $10, you can get in here at 4 p.m. and have all the soup, salad and sweets you can handle,” she said.
The salad is there so you have something to do while waitresses bring the soup.
“The soup is the star of the show,” Morgan said.
This is not your regular reheated soup.
“Everything is homemade by one of the
parishioners,” Morgan said.
Public works Director Jeff MacHose discussed plans for waterline improvements on Front Street at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Feb. 26. Improvements to the waterlines are slated to go in before Front Street is resurfaced. The resurfacing project is anticipated in 2019.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported that waterline improvements along the Pine Street Bridge required easement releases. The borough has obtained two of the three releases.