There is both good news and bad news for the hundreds of motorists who daily drive to their destination via Lehigh Street in Hokendauqua or who utilize the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge.
Motorists, most of whom live in the North Catasauqua and Hokendauqua area and beyond, are expected to receive at least a one-month reprieve by having the bridge remain open through December, rather than shut down for construction as initially expected.
Community churches gathered for worship at a Thanksgiving Service Nov. 19.
Catasauqua Borough Council proposed a land swap with Catasauqua Area School District more than a year ago. The agreement was part of a discussion at the council's workshop session Nov. 26.
The borough owns land behind the municipal water works plant on the corner of St. John and Walnut streets. The steeply wooded lot can be best accessed from the parking lot at the school.
Residents flocked to see Santa at the North Catasauqua Tree Lighting.
Laura and Harry Chappell, of North Catasauqua, and their neices, Brooke, 5, on the left, and Brittany, 7, of Frackville, opted for family time instead of shopping time on Black Friday Nov. 22. They were first in line at the Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown for the opening performance of the Pip the Mouse show, "The Mouse Before Christmas."
Faye and Brianna Westover, of Catasauqua, display racks of ruffled scarves they made, some with material imported from Turkey. They were seling the scarves at the Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair in Emmaus Nov. 10.
With budget season behind them, Lehigh County commissioners convened Nov. 20, to address a handful of reappointments and bills.
The board unanimously voted to reappoint Commissioner Percy Dougherty to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Susan Schmidt, of Emmaus, and Sally Schoffstall, of New Tripoli, to the Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council.
Commissioners also unanimously approved a lease of county-owned property along Riverside Drive, Salisbury Township, to White Deer Run Inc. for use as a rehabilitation center.
Local Girl Scouts added some holiday cheer to business windows on Front Street.
President Joe Keglovits reviewed the revised proposed 2013 North Catasauqua borough budget at last Tuesday's borough council meeting.
Council members heard him read aloud the line items with only a few questions or comments and then approved the proposed final $1,441,689 budget unanimously.
A preliminary sewer fund budget of $517,000 was also balanced, reflecting that borough spending for sewer costs will match the sewer fees collected.
With revenues matching expenses, no hike in taxes will be needed to support the spending plan.
When Catasauqua's rush hour traffic builds at the intersection of Lehigh and Race streets, the delay can be frustrating.
An alternative to fuming behind a left-turning taillight signal might be a quick diversion to Carmen's Restaurant and their pizzeria, located on the corner.
"We have a Sicilian-style pizza and I offer everyone who comes in a slice to try," said Chef Scott Barrone.
The restaurant is run by Sara Denker. Tables are set with white table cloths and candles.