Catasauqua Press

Friday, March 22, 2019

Go fish! Hanover OKs catch, release in Catasauqua Lake

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township Council approved fishing in Catasauqua Lake during its meeting March 6.

The lake is in Canal Park and has been part of an ongoing effort by the township to make the park a top-rated outdoor venue. The township drained the lake in 2012 and reworked the bed to make it more conducive for aquatic life — not just fish, but turtles and all manner of flora.

Unfortunately, some sinkholes developed in the following years. The sinkholes were filled and the lake rejuvenated.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

MARCH

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

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

WEDNESDAY 27

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

THURSDAY 28

Two directors resign from school board

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Superintendent: Rodney and Christine Nace ‘invaluable to conversations’

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met March 12 and said goodbye to two of its own.

Rodney and Christine Nace resigned from their positions as school board directors. It was noted they cited work conflicts as their reason for stepping down.

“They’ve been invaluable to our conversations,” Superintendent Robert Spengler said.

Spengler said the district will advertise the two open seats and hold public interviews at a future school board meeting.

Catty enjoys Celtic music, food

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted a Celtic festival March 10 featuring Irish songs by local band Celtic Adventure.

“It’s something we wanted to try,” said Vicki Bartholomew, who manages Gas House Dance Hall and the adjacent coffeehouse, Blockers. “This year, we did it on a Sunday, but I think it’s better to have it on Saturday. We wanted to do it before St. Patrick’s Day, so we would not conflict with other parties.”

The party featured Dave Jones with his Uilleann bagpipes.

Commission sets IRT events

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission will hold its annual spring historical walk beginning 9 a.m. March 23 on the IRT. The walk — the first of many 2019 events — starts at the Chestnut Street barn, just west of MacArthur Road.

The four-hour leisurely walk has stops for walkers to view historical sites and landmarks, including the first anthracite-fueled iron company and the first Portland Cement Company in America. At least 23 historical sites and landmarks will be presented.

Bridge Street restaurant wants eatery to be part of community

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hills restaurant started in 1955 and moved to Bridge Street in 1965. The local establishment closed abruptly in 2015.

“The place sat idle for well over a year, and then we made an offer to run the restaurant,” according to Manuel Castaneda.

At the renamed Bridge Street Family Restaurant, Castaneda runs the kitchen. If the name looks familiar, Manuel and Tony at Tony’s Top Cat Bar and Grill are brothers.

Hanover joins multimunicipal comprehensive plan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council also discusses waived refuse fees, rumors of airport hotel project

Hanover Township Manager Christopher Garges proposed updating the township’s comprehensive plan during the Feb. 20 council meeting. According to him, the plan is due for an update.

“I have talked with Catasauqua and North Catasauqua, who are also looking at updates to their plans,” Garges said. “We agreed that it would be beneficial to have a multimunicipal plan that incorporates all the municipalities.”

Scouts enjoy Blue and Gold Banquet

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

Cub Scout Pack 94 celebrated its annual Blue and Gold Banquet Feb. 23 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.

The evening began with a pot luck dinner, where families brought a covered dish to share. After the meal, Joe Wilfinger, of Whitehall, shared some Lenni Lenape Native American artifacts with the group. The kids had the opportunity to hold and use the artifacts, including a dance rattle, rain stick, beads and arrow heads.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

MARCH

MONDAY 18

Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

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

TUESDAY 19

Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.