The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will open at its Northampton site May 13 for the 20th year.
It is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the past and present cement industry with a focus on the once-thriving Atlas Cement Manufacturing Company and others. Since its opening in 2008, thousands of visitors have toured the 1401 Laubach Ave. museum. The building also houses the borough’s administrative offices, council chambers and the police station.
From North Catasauqua to Wilson Borough, Northampton to Freemansburg, representatives and others from local governments met March 28 in the Northampton Borough Municipal Building’s council chambers for the latest briefing of the state’s MS4 permit requirements to reduce pollution in the waterways.
Robert Bastian, chairman of Catasauqua’s Shade Tree Commission, welcomed honorees and guests to an Arbor Day celebration April 28 at the borough’s new municipal complex.
This is the first year the celebration was held at the 90 Bridge St. building. According to Mayor Barbara Schlegel, this is, however, the 19th annual borough celebration of Arbor Day.
“It’s important that we continue to beautify the borough with our long-standing commitment to planting trees. It is a way to beautify the community and to honor those who have served the borough well,” she said.
Jackie Harford’s tavern, Fossil’s Last Stand, sponsored a benefit for the animal rescue organizations Feline Urban Rescue and Rehabilitation (FURR) and Peaceable Kingdom April 7.
“We do three fundraisers a year. Nancy Green talked to me about fundraising for these organizations five years ago, and we have been doing it ever since,” Harford said.
The chili cook-off, held in November, and the chowder cook-off have the same format. Amateur chefs bring in their prepared recipes, and everyone gets to vote for their favorite creation.
A proposal rumbling around in the planning and zoning committee was discussed at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session April 30. The ordinance would institute a program that allows designated borough officials to issue tickets for minor property violations.
The proposal has received a lukewarm reception. Christine Weaver, committee chair, wants to add a few items, one of which is a warning.
North Catasauqua Borough Council approved the removal of four aging trees surrounding North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park at its April 16 meeting.
The old trees will be replaced by new maple trees that are scheduled to be planted in the upcoming weeks. Funds for the removal of the old trees and planting of the new ones were covered by a surplus from the borough’s snow removal fund.
At its regular meeting April 4, Hanover Township Council passed a resolution proclaiming May 2 as Pennsylvania State Police Day in the township. The beginning of May is celebrated as the birthday of the state police. The township honors the police with recognition and contributes a memorial plaque at the annual event.
“They do a good job for our township,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said.
The township has no official police force and relies on the state police for enforcement.
The League of Women Voters of Northampton and Lehigh counties are co-sponsoring a candidates forum for the new 7th Congressional District 7-8:30 p.m. May 2. It is being hosted by Northampton Community College and will take place in Alumnae Hall on the main campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township. Doors open 6:30 p.m. to allow some time to meet and greet candidates. Parking is plentiful.
Saturday at noon, Ben and Candace Winkler broke out the snacks, bags, gloves and hot dogs to start the annual canal cleanup project in Catasauqua. The project started years ago and makes a dent in some of the trash that accumulates in and along the canal.
“Everything from Front Street and probably further up washes down into the canal,” said Candace Winkler, who took over organizing the project a few years ago.