Catasauqua Press

Friday, July 3, 2020

Remembering: Weaversville after the Civil War

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

The large brick structure, now the Weaversville Hotel, was built by Samuel Weaver and was occupied by the large Weaver family.

The family remained the most prominent family in the village. Their tannery processed hides into useful leather products. There was a grist mill, where farmers patiently waited until their wheat and corn were ground into flour and feed for their livestock.

Northampton: AARP meeting canceled

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by The Press in Columns

The monthly meeting of Northampton AARP Chapter 3915, which was scheduled for May 13, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In addition, all future monthly meetings of the group, including the annual picnic normally held in June, have been canceled until further notice.

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Northampton Area Food Bank is operating and distributing food. Registration is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

The food bank is accepting monetary donations as well as nonperishable items.

For information, call 610-262-8030 or email info@northamptonareafoodbank.org.

North Catasauqua: Fire department wants to help celebrate birthdays

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by The Press in Columns

If any North Catasauqua resident has a child who is unable to celebrate a birthday because of the coronavirus, Charotin Hose Company No. 1 would like to help with a drive-by celebration to make the day extra special.

Contact the department via Facebook to set up something.

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More than 200 families stopped by Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, recently for food help.

Coplay: American Legion Baseball season canceled for 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by The Press in Columns

There is no American Legion Baseball to be played at Samuel Balliet Stadium for the 2020 season. The Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball committee has canceled all baseball for this season.

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Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association has pushed back its monthly distribution of food by one week. Instead of having the food distributed on the second Tuesday of May, distribution will be held on the third Tuesday of May.

Northampton: Food bank accepting donations

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Area Food Bank is operating and distributing food. Registration is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

The food bank is accepting monetary donations as well as nonperishable items.

For information, call 610-262-8030 or email info@northamptonareafoodbank.org.

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Is your church, civic group or Scout troop taking special measures to continue with meetings and previously planned events? Email the information to tklutter@ptd.net, and I’ll include it in a future column.

Catasauqua: Borough meetings are canceled

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by The Press in Columns

All borough meetings are canceled until further notice.

The April 6 borough council meeting was livestreamed, and you can view the recording.

Please note the online transcription does not serve as the official record. The minutes, when approved, will be the official record of the meeting.

Office staff is working and available to answer phone calls at 610-264-0571.

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Arbor Day events are canceled in the borough.

The J4 Celebration has been postponed to July 2021.

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Coplay: Street cleaning is set for May 7, 8

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Street cleaning will occur May 7 and 8 in the borough, despite the mild winter and later heavy rains.

Streets will be swept from Front Street to Ruch Street. No alleys will be swept.

Funding for the project comes from the state’s liquid fuel tax account, not borough real estate taxes.

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Several “for sale” signs on residential properties in the borough have been taken down since the onset of the coronavirus. The homes will later be listed for sale once communities get back to normal.

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Catasauqua: Thank you to all for social distancing

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by The Press in Columns

I hope everyone had a very happy Easter. It is certainly one we will never forget.

Now that it’s been over a month, I think everyone who followed the guidelines of social distancing — staying at home except for essentials such as groceries, pharmacies, work, etc. — deserves to be applauded and to know we are all making a difference.

Our government says this is working. It is certainly encouraging news.

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I don’t know if anyone saw the rainbow last week, but what a beautiful omen for Holy Week.

Remembering: A review of the 1858 Weaversville Academy catalog

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Today, we continue our visit to the Weaversville Academy on Weaversville Road in East Allen Township.

Our guide is an 1858 catalog from Amanda Weaver. Michael and Samuel Weaver, Amanda’s grandfather and father, respectively, were two of the founders of Weaversville and Weaversville Academy.

Ms. Susan Jenkins Weaver, family historian, has graciously shared this research for our readers.

Coplay: Yard waste, grass pickup is April 17

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Coplay Borough sanitation crews will begin picking up grass clippings and yard waste April 17 and will continue each Friday.

The borough reported the delay in having the yard waste and grass clippings picked up was because the compost site did not open until this week.

There is no extra fee for the collection of the grass clippings and yard waste since it is part of the garbage fee.

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The borough will utilize strict enforcement to ensure the public abides by the temporary closure of the Coplay Parkway area and the tot lot.