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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.

Cement museum reports statistics

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum had a banner year in 2018 with a large mix of students from the Northampton Area School District and representatives from nine foreign countries, various organizations and others visiting the museum on tours.

There were 2,947 students and teachers who attended tours and educational programs. There were another 536 other persons who toured the museum. The total number of museum visitors adds up to 3,483.

Lehigh County board discusses term limits

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners discussed the ramifications of a proposed referendum amending the Home Rule Charter contained in a motion by Commissioner Amy Zanelli to limit commissioners to three terms.

Commissioner Nathan Brown, speaking during the governance committee before the regular Feb. 27 meeting, said he does not see a need for term limits in local government, which he defined as county government and below.

Chairman Marty Nothstein said he supports term limits for higher government levels.