Joe Young, Youngie, as he was known, had a vision a few years back at a friend’s funeral to have his students gather and reminisce about their careers and lives. This thought led to the conception of Youngiefest and the Lehigh County Vo-Tech Machine Shop Reunion from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 at Victor Talotta Park, 5185 Dewey St., Cementon.
The Joe Young reunion is for all of his students from 1969 onward.
North Catasauqua Borough Council President Peter Paone reported at the May 6 council meeting that the April 20 joint river cleanup between Catasauqua and North Catasauqua was a great success.
About 20 emergency responders, volunteers and students from the boroughs and neighboring school districts came together in the rain to serve their communities in observation of Earth Day. A large amount of trash was removed from the Lehigh Canal and surrounding areas, it was reported.
At Hanover Township Council’s meeting May 1, Attorney Lisa Pereira asked council members to rezone a vacant parcel south of Lloyd Street in the area near American Parkway and Airport Road.
The property, owned by Good Mac Airport Associates, continues to be reviewed for an appropriate commercial development. The developer and the township assumed the property was zoned for commercial use but found that one parcel was not labeled correctly.
Members of Lehigh County’s human services office again made a strong showing at the county commissioners’ April 24 meeting.
They have been making regular appearances recently at commissioners’ meetings, arguing for more staff.
“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said, referring to the ability of staff to properly care for children referred to human services. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County. We can’t keep people. They run out the door.”
Lupo said he has 47 cases.
Pastor Scott Paradise closed out his ministry at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church May 5.
He has served the congregation since 2013. The church, at 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, is being sold, but the agreement is not finalized. The last service in the church will be in June.
Paradise indicated that he planned to travel in southern New England to learn more about his father’s family.
“For me, it will be a pilgrimage. Every trip should have a purpose, and any trip that has a purpose is a pilgrimage,” he said.
Please help support Coplay Borough’s 150th celebration by walking with us in the anniversary parade. We are sure to have a great time!
The parade starts 1 p.m. May 18 at Ninth and Chestnut streets, moves down Chestnut to Second Street and turns on to Hokendauqua Street. It will end near the Coplay Saengerbund. The total walk is less than a mile.
Despite a muddy lawn from the rains, the April 20 egg hunt at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church went on. The hunt was held inside the 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, church.
The youngest participants got a choice of eggs in the meeting room, while the next age group wandered in the sacristy in search of eggs.
The oldest group gathered in the conference room to build graham cracker houses covered with Easter trinkets.
Blondies, 333 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted a Food with the Fuzz event — a gathering between community members and Catasauqua Police Department personnel.
The event, sponsored monthly by Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, was held April 25.
Blondies and the church provided everyone who attended a choice of one of the award-winning hot dog creations prepared by Chad Gillespie.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 9 a.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office.
County commissioners voted April 10 on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.
According to the resolution approved by the board, Grim served in the coroner’s office of Lehigh County for 26 years, 22 of which as coroner. Under his leadership, in 2005, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office was nationally accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.