Gov. Tom Wolf announced March 13 all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective March 16. Catasauqua Area School District students will not return to the classroom until at least March 30.
“First and foremost, my top priority as governor — and that of our education leaders — must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities,” Wolf said. “As such, I am ordering all schools in the commonwealth to close for the next two weeks.”
As the developing COVID-19 pandemic made its entrance into Pennsylvania and eventually Northampton County, the borough of North Catasauqua decided to close borough hall and North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, in addition to making strategic changes to police protocol.
The borough announced March 12 borough hall will be closed to the public until further notice. The borough council meeting planned for March 16 has been canceled. Mayor William Molchany Jr. expects the next council meeting, scheduled for April 6, will also be canceled.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, as of March 17, confirmed additional positive cases of COVID-19, one in Lehigh County and one in Northampton County.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong announced March 15 the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown, is now closed to all visitors and walk-ins. This includes anyone without an identification badge issued by the government center.
The decision was made by Armstrong and his administration as the county continues to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A presumptive positive COVID-19 case was confirmed March 15 in Lehigh County.
Wilbur Hill, who owns the property that housed Hill’s Family Restaurant and, more recently, Bridge Street Family Restaurant, worried he would be perceived as a poor businessman because the restaurant at 215 Bridge St., Catasauqua, closed.
A story in last week’s edition stated the owners of Bridge Street Family Restaurant closed the site because the rent had increased.
According to Hill, there was an increase in the lease that was part of the original contract. The increase was not paid for a year, he said.
“We think it was a fair rate,” he said.
COVID-19 seems to have slowed activity to a standstill around the Lehigh Valley. Each township is having its own look at how to handle the situation.
Hanover Township has closed all public facilities, including the park areas.
Hanover has also canceled its popular Easter egg hunt, a fundraiser for Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Department.
The township is largely a business district, and most of the businesses are following their corporate guidelines. Public gathering places are following the restrictions set up by the state.
When Brandon Larkin, a student at Catasauqua Middle School, visited Chick-fil-A on MacArthur Road in Whitehall March 12, he thought he was there for his 13th birthday party.
As part of the festivities, Brandon had his picture taken with Doodles, the restaurant’s cow mascot. He had no idea his father, Peter Larkin, was actually the person wearing the mascot costume.
Peter had just returned from Kuwait to give his son a true birthday surprise.
The Catasauqua Area School District is closely monitoring information being released on COVID-19, the new strain of the coronavirus, according to a letter sent to parents and guardians of students and posted on the district’s website Feb. 27.
There are no reports of the virus in Lehigh or Northampton counties, as of press time March 11. Fourteen cases have been confirmed in Pennsylvania — one in Delaware County, one in Wayne County, eight in Montgomery County, one in Monroe County, one in Philadelphia County and two presumptive cases in Bucks County.
Chef Fred Knauss and sous chef Brian Reidy, pastor of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, gathered up their kitchen staff for a pork and sauerkraut fundraiser Feb. 8 at the 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, church.
Tradition has long held that each year should start with pork and sauerkraut to “kill the bugs.”
The newest science of microbiology and gut biosphere recommends fermented foods as essential to your health.
The crew had three seatings, take-out orders and a whole stack of five-star reviews.
The proceeds benefited the Public Library of Catasauqua.