The Catasauqua Volunteer Fire Department held its annual firefighters banquet and awards ceremony at the Blue Monkey Sports Restaurant in North Catasauqua Dec. 15. Almost 100 people were in attendance for this important function, which honors and thanks those who serve the borough of Catasauqua. The fire department responded to 235 incidents in 2012. Duke Hartranft, president of the firefighters' association, welcomed everyone to the banquet. Retired firefighters were asked to stand and be recognized.
The long awaited opening of the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill took place today, at the southern edge of the Lehigh Valley Mall campus, east of Macy's.
The coveted all-you-can-eat buffet chain held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony late Wednesday afternoon attended by the owners, family members, local and regional dignitaries and the restaurant chain's corporate representatives.
The Catasauqua Club hosted a brunch recently, with a very special guest.
Hanover Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton introduced an ordinance to change the township's property tax rate during a December meeting of the Hanover Township Council.
"When property was reassessed in Lehigh County, part of the program was to base property taxes on the full assessment value, but the amount of the tax must remain the same," he said. "What that means to the township is that the property tax rate is reduced."
Hanover carried one of the lowest property rates in the state at 0.25 mill.
Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Area School Board meets at 7 p.m. in the administration office board room at 251 N. 14th Street.
Pennsylvania State Representative Dan McNeill took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon.
McNeill began serving the 133rd Legislative District following the ceremony at the state capitol building.
McNeill fills the seat formerly held by Joseph Brennan, who chose not to seek re-election and whose term ended Monday.
McNeill resides with his wife, Jeanne, and family in Hokendauqua.
The 133rd District includes much of Whitehall Township, Coplay, Catasauqua and parts of Bethlehem.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company answered the following calls recently.
Smoke in dwelling
Nov. 13, 11:47 a.m.
North Catasauqua firefighters responded as mutual aid with the Northampton Fire Department for a dwelling fire at 1254 Main St., Northampton. Allen Township Fire Department and Northampton Regional EMS also responded.
Members of the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee set out on a star-filled December night to judge the sixth annual North Catasauqua Small Town USA Holiday Home Decorating Contest. The committee toured around the borough, viewing homes of this year's contestants, totaling more than two dozen homes.
"This year's entries seemed to go all out as they helped to make North Catasauqua sparkle and shine bright for the holiday season," said Joseph T. Keglovits, committee chairman.
Hanover Township Chairman Bruce Paulus reported that he and township Manager Sandra Pudliner met informally with representatives from a New York land development company interested in developing land the airport has available. The plan would involve covering land in Allen and East Allen townships with warehouses.