Catasauqua Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hanover Township may get UGI service to some areas

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township Council invited UGI representative Derrick Kichline to its meeting Feb. 1 to discuss the gas company’s programs to bring gas service to some existing residences in the township.

“We have a couple of people interested on Sherwood,” said council Chairman Bruce Paulus. In addition to Sherwood, there is no gas service on Tacoma, Ulster and certain sections of Taft.

“Homeowners don’t sign up for the service all at once,” he said. “Putting in main lines before we know what the interest level is creates a financial burden on UGI.”

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by The Press in Local News

FEBRUARY

MONDAY 13

Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

TUESDAY 14

North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.

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

WEDNESDAY 15

Catasauqua Borough Planning and Zoning Committee meets 9:30 a.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

County commissioner in the running for district judge seat

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Tom Creighton III has announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge in District 31-3-01, which covers Slatington Borough and Lynn, Lowhill, Heidelberg, Washington and Weisenberg townships.

“I would first like to thank the current Magisterial District Judge, the Honorable Rod Beck, and wish him well on his upcoming retirement,” Creighton said.

“Judge Beck has been a keystone in keeping our community safe and ensuring the position of magisterial district judge has been one of integrity and justice.

Cats return to Catasauqua Borough Council agenda

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catherine McCulloch and about three dozen of her supporters and volunteers from Feline Finish Line Rescue crowded into the Catasauqua Borough Council chambers at Monday’s council meeting.

Last summer, McCulloch was cited by Eugene Goldfeder, the borough zoning officer, for having too many cats under her roof and for running a cat rescue business in a residential neighborhood.

A borough residence is limited to housing five cats.

McCulloch claimed she was not running a business because all the cats were adopted at locations other than her house.

Steer clear of student loan scammers’ hollow promises

Monday, February 6, 2017 by KAREN CIMMS in Local News

With the U.S. Department of Education reporting that more than 40 percent of all borrowers are late or in default, it’s no wonder fake or unethical student debt relief companies are popping up everywhere.

“Borrowers are more stressed than ever before about repaying their loans,” said Sarah Hamilton, student loan supervisor for Take Charge America, a national nonprofit credit counseling and student loan counseling agency.

Cat shelter is on Feb. 6 council agenda

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The issue of how many cats should be allowed in a house located in a residential zone will be discussed at Monday’s Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.

Before the council’s workshop meeting Jan. 30, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder sent members of council a memo discussing negotiations with Feline Finish Line.

The cat shelter provides services to stray cats. The cats stay at a residential property in Catasauqua and are adopted out at local pet stores.

Zoning ordinances do not allow a cat shelter to be located in a residential area.

She loves the challenge of quilting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Local woman juggles modern patchwork projects with admirable results

Deb Veshinfsky’s passion for quilting was sparked when she was a child.

“My grandmother quilted, and I was always fascinated with her quilts,” she told The Press. But it was not her grandmother, who lived hundreds of miles away, in Indiana, who taught her the basics.

The Catasauqua resident made her first quilt, a wall hanging, while attending a class at an area quilt shop about 25 years ago.

Since then, her expertise has been honed by attending other classes, seminars and quilt shows, viewing Internet classes and tutorials and attending quilt guild meetings.

Marc Grammes seeks county commissioners seat again

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Former Lehigh County Commissioner Marc Grammes has announced he intends to do something no other county commissioner has ever done before: return as a Lehigh County commissioner elected to nonconsecutive terms.

Grammes served as an at-large commissioner 2004-08.

He resides in Slatedale, Washington Township, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.

He is seeking to return as the District One commissioner, the seat now held by Commissioner Tom Creighton, who is not seeking re-election.

Borough to check properties for improper stormwater runoff

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

In an effort to assess the amount of stormwater runoff that might be flowing into the sewer system on borough properties, public works Supervisor Al Steigerwalt was given approval by the council to access private properties for evaluation. Reducing the amount of water runoff being directed into the sewer system will reduce the demands being put on the system.

Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian drafted a form, which residents will be asked to sign, allowing borough representatives access to their properties. Council approved beginning the project.