Robert Bastian, chairman of Catasauqua’s Shade Tree Commission, welcomed honorees and guests to an Arbor Day celebration April 28 at the borough’s new municipal complex.
This is the first year the celebration was held at the 90 Bridge St. building. According to Mayor Barbara Schlegel, this is, however, the 19th annual borough celebration of Arbor Day.
“It’s important that we continue to beautify the borough with our long-standing commitment to planting trees. It is a way to beautify the community and to honor those who have served the borough well,” she said.
Jackie Harford’s tavern, Fossil’s Last Stand, sponsored a benefit for the animal rescue organizations Feline Urban Rescue and Rehabilitation (FURR) and Peaceable Kingdom April 7.
“We do three fundraisers a year. Nancy Green talked to me about fundraising for these organizations five years ago, and we have been doing it ever since,” Harford said.
The chili cook-off, held in November, and the chowder cook-off have the same format. Amateur chefs bring in their prepared recipes, and everyone gets to vote for their favorite creation.
A proposal rumbling around in the planning and zoning committee was discussed at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session April 30. The ordinance would institute a program that allows designated borough officials to issue tickets for minor property violations.
The proposal has received a lukewarm reception. Christine Weaver, committee chair, wants to add a few items, one of which is a warning.
At its regular meeting April 4, Hanover Township Council passed a resolution proclaiming May 2 as Pennsylvania State Police Day in the township. The beginning of May is celebrated as the birthday of the state police. The township honors the police with recognition and contributes a memorial plaque at the annual event.
“They do a good job for our township,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said.
The township has no official police force and relies on the state police for enforcement.
Saturday at noon, Ben and Candace Winkler broke out the snacks, bags, gloves and hot dogs to start the annual canal cleanup project in Catasauqua. The project started years ago and makes a dent in some of the trash that accumulates in and along the canal.
“Everything from Front Street and probably further up washes down into the canal,” said Candace Winkler, who took over organizing the project a few years ago.
On a chilly April 21 morning, a throng of helpers showed up to patrol Catasauqua’s streets looking for trash and graffiti.
“It’s the graffiti that got me out here,” resident Sherri Anderson said. “We have too much of it.”
The cleanup has been going on for years, but this is the largest turnout so far. It might be that Blocker’s Coffeehouse provided an early boost of caffeine to the volunteers.
Jean Decker and her sister, Joan Kozemchik, held a memorial service April 15 for their 92-year-old mother, Madeline Meixner, who died in January.
“We wanted to have something so her friends could remember her life and their memories of her,” Decker said.
Nearly 100 guests showed up at the David Thomas Home in Catasauqua, where Meixner lived. Guests told stories of their encounters with the feisty and memorable Meixner.
With more than a few tags showing up on buildings, graffiti might be the next task Catasauqua Borough needs to handle. While some use the analogy “rap is to music as graffiti is to art,” Kimberly Brubaker, president of Catasauqua Main Streets, has her own version.
“There is a difference between graffiti that is street art and tagging,” she said.
Catasauqua has seen a dramatic increase in tagging from stand-alone mailboxes to the sides of buildings. Tagging, according to Brubaker, accelerates urban decay.
Mike Metallia and his band Midnight Shift finally caught a show date at the Gas House Dance Hall March 30. Midnight Shift had been billed twice for Catasauqua’s dance club, but the weather put a crimp in the plans.
Robyn Shannon, one of the founders of the Gas House, wanted this premier band to play in Catasauqua. Shannon, who is leaving for her new abode in Yorkshire Dales in the UK April 20, had a promise to keep to her rockabilly fans.
“I wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to hear this group,” she said.
Hanover Township received bids on two projects at its April 4 meeting.
The much-talked-about improvement at the Sherwood Park softball field garnered only one bid. Grace Industries was awarded the project with a bid of $28,566.60. Township Engineer Albert Kortze said the bid was better than expected. The township is now ready to move forward with improvements at Sherwood Park. New tennis courts were completed last year.