Catasauqua Press

Thursday, April 19, 2018

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by The Press in Local News

MARCH

MONDAY 12

Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

TUESDAY 13

Catasauqua Area School Board meets 7 p.m. in the administration office board room, 251 N. 14th St.

WEDNESDAY 14

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.

Second Street property plan still in the works

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

North Catasauqua council gives owner deadlines to remedy sinkhole, structural issues

North Catasauqua Borough Council and the owner of the blighted homes at 1020 and 1022 Second St. are continuing to work on a resolution that will save the blighted property from demolition.

At the March 5 council meeting, Hyoungjoon Park and his attorney presented their plan of action for resolving the homes’ structural issues. Park has contracted CJ Construction-Lehigh Valley LLC to dig underneath the property and repour the foundation.

Repair required at pool

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

No money in borough budget for fix

At Catasauqua Borough’s regular meeting March 5, council discussed an issue at the municipal pool. The Catasauqua Creek wall along the pool has failed and needs to be rebuilt. Public works Director Jeff MacHose estimated costs for the rebuild at $175,000.

The borough does not have the money for the capital improvement. There are potential Community Development Block Grant funds for the deck, but an unsupported deck is of questionable value.

MacHose made a suggestion that the borough close the pool and use the ongoing maintenance costs to fund the wall.

Soup, salad and sweets

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Salem United Church of Christ serves up annual dinner as fundraiser for choir

Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., held a dinner Feb. 10 to benefit the choir.

According to Judy Morgan, choir director, this event is the premier fundraiser for the choir.

“For $10, you can get in here at 4 p.m. and have all the soup, salad and sweets you can handle,” she said.

The salad is there so you have something to do while waitresses bring the soup.

“The soup is the star of the show,” Morgan said.

This is not your regular reheated soup.

“Everything is homemade by one of the

parishioners,” Morgan said.

Commissioners OK county board posts

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

During the Feb. 14 meeting of Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, Paul Semmel, of North Whitehall Township, and Adele Bonn Shannon, of Center Valley, were appointed to the Lehigh County Conservation District.

Commissioners also named Lauren Condon, of Allentown, to the Children and Youth Services Advisory Board.

Commissioner Nathan Brown commended the appointees’ service as volunteers.

“Voluntarism is important to the community. I encourage the public to volunteer to serve their towns and their communities,” he said.

Phoebe Ministries to purchase real estate of Rodale

Friday, March 2, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Senior services organization plans first wellness-focused independent living project in the region

Upon the sale of its business to Hearst in January, the Rodale family was committed to ensuring that its property, nearly 40 acres in Emmaus, would be put to use in a way that would continue to enhance the community and support health and wellness in the region. With that in mind, Rodale and Phoebe Ministries have entered into an agreement of sale that will transform the Rodale corporate campus into a new wellness-focused residential destination for people ages 62 and older.

Borough preps for more Front St. work

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Waterline issues must be addressed before 2019 road resurfacing begins

Public works Director Jeff MacHose discussed plans for waterline improvements on Front Street at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Feb. 26. Improvements to the waterlines are slated to go in before Front Street is resurfaced. The resurfacing project is anticipated in 2019.

Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported that waterline improvements along the Pine Street Bridge required easement releases. The borough has obtained two of the three releases.

Daugherty to run in Congressional race

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Rick Daugherty opened his Congressional campaign Feb. 23 with a gathering of supporters at Pie’s On Pizzeria in Catasauqua.

Daugherty is no stranger to the area. He lived in Catasauqua and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1978. Daugherty was chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a district administrator for Congressman Paul McHale in 1994 and 1995. He ran for office twice against Charlie Dent.

Daugherty is seeking election to what is proposed as the 7th Congressional District.

Blue and Gold affair celebrates Scouting

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

Annual banquet includes science lessons, awards

“Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting’s anniversary week in February with a birthday party called the Blue and Gold Banquet. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer,” according to Mary Spieker, of Cub Pack 94, which meets at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.

This yearly event was held Feb. 17 in the fellowship hall of the church.