Catasauqua Press

Monday, October 14, 2019

Celebrate the season at Autumnfest

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Betterment committee puts on 13th annual event

The time has come for North Catasauqua Betterment Committee’s 13th annual Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest and car show.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St. Grove Street from Arch Street to Sixth Street alongside the park will be closed the day of the festival.

There will be a car show, food, live music, a raffle, craft and flea market and kids’ activities.

Registration for the car show is 9 a.m.-noon. Bring your classic car out to be appreciated by fellow car lovers.

Bridgeway Academy celebrates 30 years

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Bridgeway Academy, 334 Second St., Catasauqua, celebrated its 30th anniversary Oct. 1 with cake, photos, stories and fun.

The company offers home school programs and curriculum, programs for home education, online home schooling programs and more. Some of the biggest attractions to this style of schooling are the flexibility and fully accredited programs.

Catasauqua High School block scheduling a smooth transition

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

During the Sept. 10 Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting, Catasauqua High School Principal Adam Schnug said the change into block scheduling went well. He noted it is a drastic change from previous years and said he is proud of the students and staff for adjusting well. While he admits there are still some details to work out, he believes they made the right choice to change the scheduling.

Amber Kalnas, one of the student representatives on the board, agreed it was a smooth transition into the new system.

“I don’t feel as stressed as usual,” she said.

CAST future in question

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

District policy could change facilities use

Bill Nothstein, director of Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre, came before the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education Sept. 10 to request consideration for the organization.

Nothstein said during discussions he has had with Adam Schnug, Catasauqua High School principal, and Thomas Moll, CASD director of student activities, they noted the district is reworking its policy regarding the public use of school facilities. He said he was told to talk with Robert Spengler, CASD superintendent of schools, regarding CAST’s future in the district.

Grain to Glass

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Catasauqua bartender takes trophy in cocktail challenge

Catasauqua Borough was represented strongly during this year’s The Great Allentown Fair, which ran Aug. 27-Sept. 2 at Allentown Fairgrounds.

In addition to the various farming and craft ribbon winners, Catasauqua can now boast having an award-winning bartender.

Tracey Kressley represented Taylor House Brewing Company in the Grain to Glass cocktail competition, held Sept. 1 inside the Agri-Plex building.

Charter school vote is postponed

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Innovative Arts Academy administrator presents board with action plan

The Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education delayed a vote on the renewal of Innovative Arts Academy Charter School at the Aug. 13 meeting. Following the hearings May 21 and 22, the question remained whether or not the board would approve the charter.

IAACS was originally approved in February 2016 for a three-year charter. The school is now seeking a five-year charter renewal. According to a Jan. 16 letter between the charter school and CASD, grounds for charter nonrenewal would include the school’s failure to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards.

School group identifies priorities to help Catty students

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District has been actively working to improve the district for the benefit of the students. In the 2018-19 school year, some changes included the addition of two school resource officers and Salisbury Behavioral Health mental health professionals in the schools. There is another group working to help the students, and it is growing and becoming more focused.

‘For better or worse’

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

July wedding is permitted to be held during emergency situation at ArtsQuest

Most of the Lehigh Valley was intently watching the news and social media July 12 after word spread that a man climbed the blast furnaces at SteelStacks in Bethlehem and was refusing to come down. Emergency personnel were on the scene attempting to talk the man down. He stayed up on the structure for approximately 21 hours and came down just before 4:30 p.m. July 13, ending the standoff without major incident.

‘That’s exactly where I want to be’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

SRO Patrick Best continues work at Sheckler, CMS sites

Constantly aiming to make the school district a better and safer place, Catasauqua Area School District administration and Catasauqua Police Department decided to add a second school resource officer.

“When the school district suggested adding a second school resource officer, Officer Best was the logical choice considering his experience,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said.

Officer Patrick Best attended Parkland High School and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980 with a degree in criminal justice. He was hired as an officer in Catasauqua in 1982.