Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Amy Zanelli announces candidacy for commissioner

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Amy Zanelli, candidate for Lehigh County Commissioner District 3, has announced that she will seek the Democratic endorsement in the May 16 primary race.

“Reclaiming our democracy is a marathon, not a sprint,” she said. “The starting line is local politics.”

Zanelli, 35, of West Bethlehem, is a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams. Coming from a family of union workers and veterans, she has an innate perspective of the needs of Lehigh County, she said. Her work in...


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by The Press in Local News

In an article in The Press (“Man concerned about collapse,” Feb. 23, page 12), Eric Roth’s concern about a failing retaining wall on a neighbor’s property was misrepresented. The retaining wall and back-filled soil are threatening to collapse into Roth’s backyard fence and a shed located on his property near the fence, and Roth said the situation poses a safety issue.

Also, he was misquoted as saying he has a couple of daughters; in fact, he has a daughter and a son.

A photo...

Coplay: Trinity changes service time

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Trinity United Church of Christ, Third and Coplay streets, has changed the time for its Sunday service. It is now 10 a.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated the first Sunday of each month.


Coplay Community Days Committee will next meet 7 p.m. March 27 at borough hall as it continues with plans for its weekend celebration in August.


When the Coplay-Northampton Bridge is reduced to rubble, so goes a piece of history — mostly unknown by many, the...

Remembering: The peonage law brings big changes to state hospital farm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by CURATOR, ATLAS CEMENT COMPANY MEMORIAL MUSEUM in Columns

Today, I am continuing to look back over 25 years ago, when the Allentown State Hospital operated an 800-acre farm in East Allen Township. Mr. John McDevitt, the former assistant manager, is sharing information from an article he wrote years ago.

The farm started in 1919 to supply food and milk to a number of state institutions. It also provided therapy for a number of patients. But slowly, change brought an end to the farm operation — beginning with the Institutional Peonage...

Snow brings three days off Catasauqua school calendar not affected

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Last week’s winter storm Stella shut down schools in the Catasauqua Area School District Tuesday through Thursday.

By 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Lehigh Valley International Airport recorded 13.7 inches of snow on the ground.

District Superintendent Robert Spengler told The Press, as of last Thursday, the district has used four snow days, with two snow days built in.

Spengler said March 17 he conducted a review and verification to determine if the district has enough...

Coplay police

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.


A parking complaint in the unit block of North Fourth Street was filed with the department.

Police checked on the welfare of a female in the 100 block of South Second Street.

Officers checked on the welfare of a male stumbling around in the area of South Second and Hokendauqua streets.

A report of illegal dumping in the 1100 block of Hokendauqua Street was filed with the department.


LCTI student elected to DECA state executive council

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua High School and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute student Dylan Gino was recently elected to serve on the Distributive Education Clubs of America state executive council.

Being elected to the council, Dylan said, was an overwhelming experience.

“When they announced my name I couldn’t believe it, as tears were running down my face,” he said. “I went over to my adviser [Cydnee Barkley] to hug her and thank her for helping me make this all possible,” he said. “It...

Catasauqua: Basket social is set

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by The Press in Columns

St. Mary’s Parish, 122 Union St., will be having a basket social in the parish hall 6-9 p.m. March 24; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 25; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26. There will be more than 200 baskets, plus gift cards and specials. You do not have to be present to win.

The kitchen will be open, and baked goods will be available.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Call 610-264-0332 for more information.


From 8 a.m. to noon March 26, Catasauqua...