Catasauqua Press

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Armstrong unveils proposed 2020 Lehigh County budget

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his 2020 proposed $514.6 million fiscal plan Aug. 30 to department heads, staffers, four attending commissioners and the public. Speaking in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Administration’s Seventh Street headquarters in Allentown, Armstrong’s budget raises taxes to 5.5 percent.

That translates into a millage rate of 3.84, which will generate $115 million. That would be a $771.84 tax per year on a $201,000 home,...

Bell removed from St. Paul’s

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Workers from Witt’s Tree Service, Catasauqua, brought their sky hook crane to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, last week to remove the classic bell from the church’s belfry and to remove the golden cross atop the steeple.

One might expect bats, but the belfry housed bees and wasps. With the grate removed, workmen carefully removed the bell and its wooden holder.

The cross removal is scheduled for another day. Bees and hornets were too...

Engineering studies presented to council

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

A representative from Keystone Engineering Group appeared before North Catasauqua Borough Council Sept. 16 to explain the results of two studies conducted in the borough.

First, the group mapped out the possibility of building retaining walls at the 1460 Main St. municipal complex, which houses the public works facility. Presently, several hills at that site make much of the land unusable. With a few retaining walls, there would be enough flat ground for the construction of a new...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police investigated a report of an open door in the 1100 block of Fourth Street.

The department responded to a fireworks complaint in the area of Third and Arch streets.

Officers assisted Catasauqua police with a report of a disturbance on Lehigh Street.


A hit and run in the 1200 block of Third Street brought police to the scene.

A domestic call in the 1000...

North Catasauqua: Senior group meets

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Catty Senior Plus meets 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1223 Fifth St. Doors open noon.

The speakers this month will be Brian and Vicki Day from Home Helpers, an organization that helps people live independently. Brian will bring lots of chocolate for a chocolate bingo game, in addition to the regular bingo.

The organization is planning a luncheon for the October meeting; sign-ups will be at this meeting.

A Nov. 12 bus trip to Sight and Sound to see “...

Holy Trinity holds Blessing of Angels

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church held a Blessing of Angels ceremony at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St., Sept. 8. This is the second year for the event.

“It helps those of us who have friends that are ailing to get the prayers they need to feel better,” Pastor Brian Riedy said of the ceremony.

This year, Dan O’Donnell, of O’Donnell Funeral Homes, sponsored the event. Susan Alexander, of Soul Creations Fly, supplied the crafts.

Alexander’s story is...

Annual event honors the legacy of Ben Yorgey

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

On July 20, friends, family and Ben Yorgey Foundation scholarship recipients past and present gathered at Macungie Memorial Park for The Ben Event.

This year marks the 10th memorial celebration of the life of Ben Yorgey, an intellectually disabled young man whose personal warmth enriched the lives of everyone he met. The event also generates education funds for students with special needs across the Lehigh Valley

In his honor, the Ben Yorgey Foundation recognizes and provides...

Roughies Report: First day paperwork due to main office

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in School

All Catasauqua High School students are reminded to turn in their first day paperwork to the main office as soon as possible.

Extra forms are available in the main office.


Any CHS student who will be driving to and from school should stop by the main office to pick up a parking permit.


Parents/guardians of Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students who have not completed the required online forms are reminded these forms are required in order...

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News



Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 9 a.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.


Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge 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...