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Salem UCC hosts annual craft fair

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Event features vendors, baskets, food, pickled beets

Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua, held its craft fair Nov. 9.

The event is coordinated by Bev Warner who gets vendors to set up tables.

“We can get people into the church, and we are always interested in seeing new vendors. We have good food, the fair is inside, and we meet a lot of locals at these events,” she said.

The craft fair is over when Carol Rarick awards the basket raffle prizes.

Rarick said she crafts the baskets herself. She buys all the components and puts the baskets together.

She had 30 baskets for this year’s fair.

Catasauqua council approves 0.5-mill tax increase

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Vice president says hike ‘needed to pay bills’; garbage fee will also rise

Catasauqua Borough Council, at its meeting Dec. 16, approved a property tax increase of 0.5 mill by a 6-1 vote.

Councilwoman Jessica Kroope voted against the hike.

The approval brings taxes to 6.6 mills in the borough.

“The hike is needed to pay bills,” council Vice President Brian McKittrick said. “We have not raised taxes in three years. If we don’t do it now, it would be three mills next year.”

The 0.5-mill tax rate increase represents a $50 annual hike for every $100,000 of assessed property.

Batter up!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

Themed wedding celebrates interests of bride, groom

When you attend a wedding, many times the bride and groom’s interests shine through. That is very much the case for the wedding of Barbie (Hucaluk) and Shawn Fillman, of Whitehall. The couple had a baseball- and skull-themed wedding. The colors purple and black were used throughout.

Barbie Fillman is originally from Catasauqua. Her son, Jayden, attends Catasauqua Area School District.

Municipalities talk truck traffic

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Borough, township representatives gather to address roadway woes

Representatives from several local municipalities gathered at North Catasauqua Borough Hall Dec. 6 for their second meeting regarding FedEx Ground truck traffic in the area.

Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Northampton boroughs and East Allen and Hanover (Lehigh County) townships have all felt the effects of the massive surge in truck traffic since FedEx Ground officially opened its massive shipping facility on Willowbrook Road in Allen Township last November.