During Veterans Day celebrations, a ceremony was held for Bob “Wabsy” Chromiak and Dick “Mac” MacLaughlin, who officially retired from the Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 Honor Guard.
“I knew something was up when my family members showed up,” MacLaughlin said.
The award is the latest in the line of coincidences with these lifelong friends. They met when they were 10 years old and live within a block of each other 75 years later.
North Catasauqua had a great turnout at a Feb. 6 open house to discuss the proposed interconnected trail called THE LINK Trail Network. The gathering was held in the Charotin Room of the North Catasauqua Borough Municipal Building, 1066 Fourth St.
Council President Peter Paone, along with borough council, Wildlands Conservancy, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Northampton County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, put together a presentation about North Catasauqua’s role in the trail system.
Northampton County First Deputy District Attorney and lifelong Democrat Terry Houck has announced his campaign for Northampton County district attorney. Houck also announced his bid for district attorney has already received the endorsement of Fraternal Order of Police Washington Lodge 17, Easton.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua, holds a special soup, salad and sweets fundraising event the weekend before Valentine’s Day. The idea was the brainchild of Judy Morgan.
“This year, everything we raise is going to the church’s general fund,” Morgan said.
The event was held Feb. 9. Last year, the money raised went to the choir.
Everything is homemade — even the salad is hand tossed.
“When we started this event, we had it in the evening. The afternoon works so much better for us,” Morgan said.
For the second consecutive year, St. John’s U.C.C., 139 N. Fourth Street in Emmaus, is hosting a series of six Sanctuary Serenades.
These free concerts are held on Friday nights throughout the year.
The first of the new season was held Feb. 8; students of all ages from Star of the Day Voice Studio performed in a winter recital.
Annually, Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association holds a celebration for all of its volunteers.
“Without the volunteers, we would not be able to keep our association viable,” said Betsy Hillenbrand, president of HCPA.
This year’s celebration was held Jan. 25 at the Biery House, 8 Race St.
The organization has far-reaching patrons with volunteers attending from all over the area.
The specialty foods were prepared by HCPA members.
During the meeting, volunteers discussed setting goals for 2019 and anticipated another active year in the community.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
A large sinkhole at Chestnut Grove properties was reported to Hanover Township Council at its Feb. 6 meeting. The homeowners association quickly repaired the sinkhole, located on the community property. In the past, the township assisted homeowners when they were financially challenged by sinkholes. No assistance was required from the township.
In other business, the township updated its fee schedule. The notable change is an increase in commercial inspection fees from $150 to $200.
Kyle Hartranft has the task of fundraising for North Catasauqua’s volunteer fire department, Charotin Hose Company, located at 1066 Fourth St.
Deann Schneck, of Paint and Party, came up with the idea to have a Paint and Sip event at the firehouse. The event was held Feb. 9.
The idea is to paint as a group under the watchful guidance of a local artist and walk away with your own canvas. Some of the budding artists were convinced the picture got better as the night wore on.
Mr. Bruce Keim was raised in Bethlehem, graduating in 1972 from Liberty High School, where he was a member of the track and field team. One of his favorite teachers was Mr. George Pavlinski, who taught math and motivated the students.
Upon graduating, he enrolled at Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. During the summer, he was employed at Bethlehem Steel, where his father and relatives were employed.