At Catasauqua Borough Council’s end-of-year meeting Dec. 20, Mayor Barbara Schlegel vetoed a business registration ordinance passed by council at its last session.
In her letter to council explaining the veto, Schlegel said most of the information requested in the ordinance is already available. The major concerns are security and privacy.
“Anyone can get the information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA.) Some businesses might have proprietary processes. The floor plans could be used by people intent on doing harm to the business,” she said.
Santa Claus took time recently to answer a few questions from some of our youngest readers, who responded to a Facebook request, before he had to leave to get to the North Pole.
Q. What is your favorite cookie?
A. Chocolate chip.
Q. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
A. “The Santa Clause,” “Santa Clause 2” and “Santa Clause 3.”
Q. Is it hard to convince the reindeer to fly?
A. No, not at all. That’s what the magic dust is for.
Q. Do you know how many children there are in the world?
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth 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.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Start at North Catasauqua Borough Hall, 1066 Fourth St.
Right turn onto Walnut Street
Right turn onto Third Street
Left turn onto Eugene Street
Left turn onto Second Street
Left turn onto Chapel Street
Left turn onto Howertown Road
Right turn onto American Street
Right turn onto Locust Street
Right turn onto Howertown Road
Left turn onto Grove Street
Slight left turn onto Arch Street (Arch Street is to the left of the North Catasauqua War Memorial.)
Left turn onto Seventh Street
Right turn onto Chapel Street
On a frigid and windy December night, the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee set out to judge the 11th annual North Catasauqua small Town USA holiday home decorating contest. The committee toured the borough viewing the homes of this year’s contestants, which totaled 30 homes this year.
The contest entries varied from simple to elaborate, as they helped to make North Catasauqua sparkle and shine bright this year for the holiday season.
Debra Mellish has become the go-to expert on Catasauqua’s early Iron Age. She conducts a walking tour of the borough, pointing out historical structures and where some landmarks once stood. Self-conducted tours are available at the Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association. She presented a detailed genealogy of the first families of the Iron Age and how their legacy persisted well into the 1900s at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill Nov. 28. The grist mill is preserved by the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.
In keeping with the holiday season and to recognize the contributions residents have made to the borough, Mayor Barbara Schlegel passed out many awards at Catasauqua council’s regular session Dec. 4.
First on the list was the ever-popular Catasauqua Youth Cheering Association. Participants received a certificate, thanking them for their participation at local sports events. The girls practice throughout the year and increase their skills under the watchful guidance of volunteers.
Stephen Piller, of Catasauqua, a previous Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts Minsi Trails Council, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Michael D’Amore Dec. 14. His case was forwarded to Judge James Anthony in the Lehigh County Common Pleas Court.
On Aug. 24, Piller was accused of exposing himself to Scouts and inappropriate sexual contact during private sleepovers he held in his Catasauqua home and during outings at Camp Trexler in Monroe County. Three alleged victims of sexual assault were interviewed by Lehigh County Detective Andrew Millen.
North Catasauqua Borough Council approved the 2018 budget at its meeting Dec. 12.
Treasurer Annette Englert announced $587,075 would be available in the borough’s sewer fund, and $1,628,150 would be designated to the general fund. Both were unanimously approved.
With a few lingering bills and invoices still in flux, a surplus of funds from the 2017 budget is expected to carry into next year, but the amount is unknown.
Police have charged a North Catasauqua man in the death of his wife Dec. 9, but further investigation suggests she may have died days before.
According to a news release from Pennsylvania State Police, North Catasauqua Police Department was called to 1017 Fifth St., North Catasauqua, in the early-morning hours of Dec. 9 for a report of a cardiac arrest emergency. There, officers found Holly Cernobyl, 47, at the bottom of the basement stairs with what appeared to be a blow to the head.