Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Catasauqua resident wins in Lehigh County 4-H competition

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

A Catasauqua girl was among 12 Lehigh County 4-H members who showed their horses in the county round up in July. The show was held at the Berks County 4-H Center.

Members competed in a variety of classes, including showmanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, Western, trail and gaming.

Sophia Vargas, of Catasauqua,placed first in Western Grooming and Showmanship, first in Pole Bending Horses, first in Barrel Race Horses and first in Raised Box Keyhole Horses.

Catasauqua celebrates grand opening

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Residents enjoy day of tours, food and family-oriented activities

On Saturday, under sunny skies, Catasauqua dedicated its new municipal building.

After the dedication, borough staff members conducted tours of the facility. Most residents came away wowed by the new facility and the design of the building, which houses administrative offices, as well as police, fire and emergency services stations.

Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder thanked all the contractors and subcontractors who worked diligently to complete the project within budget.

“We still have a few touch-ups, but those are being addressed,” he said after the dedication.

Two-way Front Street affects plans by St. Mary’s Church

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Father John Krivak, pastor at St. Mary’s Church, along with a host of parishioners, attended the Aug. 28 Catasauqua council workshop meeting to talk about the church’s upcoming Octoberfest celebration. Octoberfest is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Traditionally, the church closes down Union Street for the event. With the change in Front Street to two-way traffic, Union Street is now a critical corridor to move traffic off Front Street.

Krivak asked council to allow Union Street to be blocked off for the festival.

Board OKs teacher salaries for new year

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Some Catasauqua Area School District teachers will notice a change in their paychecks for the 2017-18 academic year.

The school board approved the collective bargaining teacher unit salary schedule for 2017-18 at the Sept. 12 board meeting.

The vote was 5-0.

Board President Penny Hahn, Vice President Carol Cunningham and board member Mary Alice Hartranft were not present for the meeting.

Abstaining from the vote, due to a personal conflict issue, was board member Dale Hein.

A total of 105 teachers are included in the salary changes.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by The Press in Local News

SEPTEMBER

MONDAY 25

Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

TUESDAY 26

North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.

Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

WEDNESDAY 27

Additional insurance needed by N. Catty community groups

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

From pavilion rentals to car shows to Autumnfest, some organizational changes may be on the horizon for events held in North Catasauqua.

At the Sept. 12 borough council meeting, Katrinka Casamassa, from Brosky Insurance Company, informed council members there are potential gaps in coverage for events that are held in the borough.

The borough has not previously required additional insurance from groups like the betterment committee and We Sing Chorus for events held in North Catasauqua because they were viewed as sponsored by the borough.

Seniors to hear talk about Medicare

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The next meeting of the Catty Seniors Plus will be 1 p.m. Sept. 27, at the Slovak Center Social Club. Doors will open noon. The speaker this month is Maria Santarcoloma. She will be speaking on Medicare and United Health Care. Dessert and coffee will follow with bingo games.

Seats are still available on the bus for the Dec. 12 Christmas dinner show at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in New Jersey. If interested, call Nancy Matika at 610-369-6543.

If you need information about Catty Senior Plus, call President Dorothy Vassa at 610-264-2853.

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Spotted Lanternfly quarantine areas increase across Valley

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 21 municipalities in Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties to the areas quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine was already in effect for parts of those five counties as well as Chester County.

The quarantine now covers the following Lehigh Valley municipalities: