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Players enjoy bingo at St. Paul’s event

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Chili cook-off Feb. 3 is next on list of church’s activities

Everything was grins and giggles Jan. 28 as St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, opened the kitchen just after noon, so approximately 100 bingo players could get some snacks. When the clock struck 2 p.m. and Bob Bastion took the stage to call bingo, the serious business began.

The room echoed with only an occasional “Bingo!” as the players got to work. The gifts were $25 gift cards from various merchants, as well as cash prizes.

“We have a committee that goes around to merchants looking for donations,” June Hahn said.

Tasting room waiting on vote

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Ordinance change would align local, state requirements

Prior to Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop meeting Jan. 29, Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker opened a public hearing on a proposal to change the local ordinance on craft beverages to allow for a tasting room.

The details of the proposal have been discussed for months. The change is designed to accommodate a proposal from Annette and Fred Pompa for a tasting room in a building across from the George Taylor House.

Borough honors retiring corporal

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Celebration luncheon held for 30-year veteran Slapinsky

North Catasauqua held a celebration luncheon Jan. 19 to honor 30-year veteran Corporal Thomas Slapinsky.

Those in attendance at the event, held at the municipal building, agreed Slapinsky leaves the borough with a legacy of service and dedication to the residents of North Catasauqua.

A 1969 graduate of Freedom High School, Slapinsky celebrated his 30-year anniversary with the department Nov. 23, 2017.

Driver flees police stop, crashes car into Catty building

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

On Jan. 16, when a Catasauqua police officer pulled over Melissa Sweeney, 32, based on an outstanding warrant, things turned out to be less than routine.

The officer making the stop noticed a child in the back of the car and alerted borough Police Chief Douglas Kish. The officer told the driver she could not drive any further on her suspended license.

Kish said as he arrived at the Second Street location and approached Sweeney’s car, she stepped on the accelerator and sped south on Second Street, narrowly missing the chief.

Hanover incumbents take oath

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Paulus, Woolley are re-elected to lead township council

Hanover Township held its annual reorganization meeting Jan. 8 as stipulated by the Home Rule Charter. Three incumbents were sworn in by acting township Manager Vicky Roth. The elected incumbents are Bruce Paulus, Curtis Wegfahrt and Robert Heimbecker.

Once the new members were seated, council voted for officers. Bruce Paulus was returned as chairman, and Michael Woolley was elected as vice chairman. These positions are unchanged from last year.

La Herencia El Camacho features authentic Mexican dishes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Everardo Hernandez and his family took over the vacant historical building on the corner of Race and Lehigh streets.

“We always wanted to open a restaurant. I wanted to do a food truck, but Dad wanted a traditional restaurant. This came up. We talked to the previous owners, so we have a good idea of what we are getting into,” he said.

And the name?

“We always had great respect for our grandfather. They called him El Camacho. He didn’t have much money, but he developed all the recipes we have. The translation is ‘the inheritance of El Camacho,’” he said.

Police car involved in a crash

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log


A Catasauqua Borough police vehicle was involved in a crash Jan. 13 at Second and Pine streets.

According to Police Chief Douglas Kish, a Jeep traveling southbound on Second Street pulled abruptly out onto Pine Street. The driver may have missed the stop sign at the intersection, Kish said, adding the police car had nowhere to go.

Kish indicated any accident involving a police vehicle is investigated by Pennsylvania State Police.

Smith remains Catty council president

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

McKittrick earns majority vote for vice presidency, replacing Kroope

Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel opened borough council’s reorganization meeting Jan. 2. Reorganization meetings are held after an election cycle to allow council to review its officers and committee assignments.

Although most council assignments are renewed if the principals are re-elected, there was an attempt to install a new president. Council nominated Vincent Smith and Brian Bartholomew for council president. After a round of voting, Smith won the ballot with Councilmen Bartholomew and Eugene Schlegel voting no. Smith was the incumbent president of council.

Crash closes part of Airport Rd.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

A serious head-on collision occurred just before 5 a.m. Jan. 8 on Airport Road. The accident occurred on the bridge overpass between Hanoverville Road and Colony Drive in East Allen Township.

Medical helicopters were seen circling the area shortly after the accident.

Local reports indicated three people were seriously injured, but it was not confirmed by Pennsylvania State Police. The vehicles at the scene appeared to be a Ford pickup truck and a car.

A portion of Airport Road was closed until around noon.

Hanover manager retires

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township announced Jan. 8 that township Manager Sandra Pudliner tendered her retirement papers. Her retirement was effective Dec. 21, 2017.

“She has served the township for 30 years as a manager,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said. “I have not known anyone else as manager since I have been on council.

“She served this township with distinction, and she will be missed,” he added.

Pudliner joined the township administration in 1981 and was promoted to manager in 1987. She also served as the township’s zoning officer.