Catasauqua Press

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Traffic talks continue

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Sign to warn trucks to stay off roadways

Representatives from Catasauqua Borough, North Catasauqua Borough, East Allen Township, Northampton Borough and the office of state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, met Jan. 13 at the Catasauqua Municipal Complex to continue their pursuit to redirect FedEx Ground truck traffic in the area.

Ever since the opening of the massive FedEx Ground shipping center on Willowbrook Road in November 2018, unwelcomed truck traffic has surged, causing public disturbances, consistent traffic delays and recurring damage to municipal property, it has been reported.

North Catasauqua houses named in annual contest

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

North Catasauqua WE SING Community Chorus ventured out onto the streets of North Catasauqua Dec. 24, 2019, to view holiday decorations of the residents of small Town USA.

The DECK Your HALLS Holiday Home Decorating Awards acknowledge and award the residents in North Catasauqua who have decorated their home with great Christmas spirit that celebrates the holiday in small Town USA.

Members of the chorus enjoyed viewing all of the homes in North Catasauqua that were decorated for Christmas and helped to make small Town USA sparkle and shine.

Catty council discusses sustainability of pool

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

No urgent repairs needed for 2020; grants available for future upgrades

During the recreation committee section of the Jan. 6 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, Councilman Gene Schlegel questioned the plans for the swimming pool this year. Noting council is aware of the numerous challenges the pool has and the potential high cost, the tone of the debate was the sustainability and future viability of the pool. There was a reported leak at the pool, resulting in pool water draining at a rate beyond normal daily evaporation.

“The pool leak is not going into the creek. That was checked into,” Steven Travers, borough manager, said.

Council holds line on taxes for 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Rate will remain 11.8 mills for Northampton County

Northampton County property owners will see no county tax hike this year. By an 8-1 vote, county council voted Dec. 5, 2019, to adopt county Executive Lamont McClure’s $445 million spending plan for 2020. The tax rate will remain at 11.8 mills, where it has been for the past five years. A home assessed at $75,000 will receive a tax bill this year for $885.

This is McClure’s second budget as county executive — and the second time he has held the line on taxes.

LVHN hosts annual spirit-free mix-off

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off Dec. 19, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Supported by business and community leaders, the event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.

Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.

CEMENT WORKERS OF THE MONTH

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Tony, Mark and Austin Plucker

Tony, Mark and Austin Plucker and former family members have more than 130 years of service at Evansville, the current Lehigh Heidelberg cement plant. They were reared in Molltown, Berks County, and graduated from Fleetwood High School.

Tony was hired in 1989, starting as a feed operator and repairman.

Today, he is a payloader operator, saying, “I move material at the plant each day, which includes 70,000 tires a week. They are used as alternate fuel. Old-timers Richard Hottenstein and Ray Weindt shared their years of work experiences with me.”