Catasauqua Press

Friday, December 6, 2019

Catasauqua volunteers are recognized

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Mayor, council honor groups for support, donations to borough projects

With five council seats up for election the following night, the Nov. 4 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting was brief with intermingled friendly ribbing and banter.

Mayor Barbara Schlegel, with countenance from borough council President Vincent Smith, kicked off the meeting with a flurry of accolades.

Schlegel presented an award recognizing Cub Pack 94 for its assistance with the summer concerts, held outdoors Friday nights. The Scouts raised nearly $1,000 during the season.

Post 215 holds Veterans Day dinner, program

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

American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., Catasauqua, held its annual Veterans Day dinner Nov. 9. The dinner is put on by the Post to honor veterans and is open to the public.

The three days in November that are dear to every veteran all line up in a row. Nov. 9 is the fall of the Berlin Wall; Nov. 10, the birthday of the Marine Corps; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Halloween jam in Catty Woods a hit

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Halloween is a different experience on a BMX bike.

The party started just before lunch Oct. 19 in Catty Woods. Perfect weather added to the fun of the Halloween jam.

From the starting ramp across the course, bikes were jumping off the sand hills. There were practice runs in the morning followed by contests.

The preliminaries are open to all BMX riders, but the final races are awe-inspiring displays of athletic skills.

The contests went well into the night with trophies for highest jump and fastest time.

N. Catty council OKs LED streetlight replacement

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Preliminary budget, truck traffic, stormwater drainage also discussed

North Catasauqua Borough Council, at its meeting Nov. 4, approved a modified plan for LED streetlight replacement.

Borough secretary Tasha Jandrisovitz presented council with updated figures on the cost of LED streetlight replacement from PPL. Earlier this year, the borough was told that replacing all of its streetlights with LEDs would come with a fee, plus a slight increase in monthly power payments after the switch.

With those numbers in mind, council had previously decided to hold off on following Catasauqua’s recent switch to LED.

Church holds luncheon

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., held its end-of-the-month community luncheon Sept. 28.

During the meal, Pastor Brian Reidy announced a list of things planned by the church.

One of the plans was participating in the Halloween parade Oct. 23. The church had a float and tossed gloves, he said. But the fun did not stop there — they also collected coats in a truck that followed the float.

“The coats don’t need to be new, but they should be serviceable,” Diane Czar said at the Sept. 28 luncheon.

Czar headed up the coat drive.

Borough, UGI partner on street repairs

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Council talks preliminary budget numbers; taxes, trash fee could increase

During the Oct. 28 Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting, borough Manager Steve Travers informed council UGI is partnering with the borough to assist with street repairs and paving.

UGI pledged $136,000 toward street upgrades, according to Travers. He also noted UGI plans to assist the borough with future road improvements in 2020.

A total of $236,000 will be spent on streets by the end of the year. Sections of the following streets are on the list for paving and repairs: Chestnut, Railroad, Linden, Limestone, Mulberry and Church streets and Howertown Road.