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More questions on proposed ticketing ordinance

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council has votes to pass legislation; president would prefer a better count

Councilwoman Christine Weaver is working to get Catasauqua council members to agree on a ticketing ordinance.

Council has enough votes to pass the measure by a 4 to 3 vote. A veto by Mayor Barbara Schlegel would, however, put the measure out of reach. Council President Vincent Smith would like to see a more convincing vote from council.

The ticketing ordinance is designed to give the borough an effective way to motivate residents to keep up with maintenance items that may detract from the appearance of the borough.

County extension on offensive to curb Spotted Lanternfly threat

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.

However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.

Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.

Burlesque takes stage May 19

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The Gas House Dance Hall hosts a monthly burlesque review. The House of Knight burlesque group is one of the three reviews in the area, and its performers are returning to the 311 Front St., Catasauqua, venue May 19.

Burlesque has a literary definition used when there is a comical exaggeration of a norm. The more standard definition is an earthy comedy routine with short skits and often a strip tease.

The revue at the Gas House throws out the literary definition. There are some good lines: “If you’re happy and you know it … it’s your meds.”


Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Local News



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.


Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.


Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.


School board fills empty seat, approves new district hires

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education filled its final seat during the May 8 meeting. Following a round of interviews with three candidates, the board members elected Lauren Cieslak to join their ranks.

The other hopefuls were William Nothstein and Mike Henning.

Robert Spengler, CASD superintendent, asked the candidates questions regarding how they would handle budgetary problems and address important, pressing decisions as well as what interested them in joining the school board.

Coffee with a Cop

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Chief says informal atmosphere better for borough residents

Blocker’s Coffeehouse, 309 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted its first-time Coffee with a Cop event May 9.

“We had someone, who prefers to remain anonymous, who wanted to try an informal setting where residents could talk with local police. We thought it was a good idea,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said.

The anonymous donor paid for the coffee for attendees, and various officers from the force, in addition to the police chief, stopped in to talk with them.

The idea is to continue the coffee shop talk in the future.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Frank Fassl Jr.

Mr. Frank Fassl Jr. was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1974. Two weeks after graduation, at the age of 18, he was hired by plant manager Stanley Becker to work at Nazareth Cement. Frank’s grandfather, Joseph; his father, Frank Sr.; and three uncles worked for the company, logging in over 100 years of service.

He started as a laborer at $3.80 an hour and later moved to the quarry as a loader and was trained as a diesel mechanic.

Hanover looks at FedEx traffic concerns

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Warehouse could open early even if road improvements are not complete

At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting May 2, township Manager Christopher Garges gave an evaluation on the status of traffic from the FedEx Ground development on Willowbrook Road.

There are rumors that FedEx would like to open the warehouse early even if the road improvements are not completed, Garges said.

Contests for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senator

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Local News

other PRIMARY races


Republicans Scott R. Wagner, of York County; Paul Mango, of Allegheny County; and Laura Ellsworth, of Allegheny County, are on the ballot for Pennsylvania governor in the May 15 primary election.

The winner will face incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf in the November general election.


Republicans Kathy Coder, of Allegheny County; Diana Irey Vaughan, of Washington County; Jeff Bartos, of Montgomery County; and Peg Luksik, of Cambria County, are seeking the position of lieutenant governor in the primary election.