Catasauqua Press

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North Catasauqua: Electronic recycling event set for June 20 at public works site

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by The Press in Columns

There will an electronic recycling event 9 a.m.-noon June 20 at the North Catasauqua Public Works building, 1460 Main St. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain precautions will be enacted and must be followed.

In order to drop off your electronics, you must be a North Catasauqua Borough resident.

See the flier under the News tab on the borough website, northcatasauqua.org, for additional details, such as which items are free to recycle and which items have a fee.

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Hanover gym reopens; police issue citations to owner

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Ed Frack, who owns SuperSets in Hanover Township (Lehigh County), opened his gym May 24. He celebrated reopening with a Memorial Day weekend celebration, complete with grilled hot dogs. The opening was in violation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s continued closure order.

“We can’t live our lives in fear,” he said. “I applied for coronavirus funding, but I was denied. I don’t need the government’s money. I can make this business work. I invested in this place in October with a good business plan....

Class of 2020 appreciation parade to be held July 25

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by The Press in School

Catasauqua High School

According to Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish, there will be a Catasauqua High School Class of 2020 appreciation parade July 25, pending the lifting of some restrictions by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Kish reported the parade will be held in conjunction with Catasauqua Area School District’s plans for a graduation ceremony.

The school district will advise students as to what is acceptable in regard to vehicle decorations; however, Kish noted...

Remembering: Weaversville World War II memorial

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In our visit to Weaversville, I checked the World War II memorial honoring the men and women who served the nation in World War II — a memorial that is rarely visited.

The bronze plaque honoring 61 veterans is on the grounds of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Howertown. The roll of names lists former residents of Weaversville and the rural area surrounding the village. The area, at the time, was sparsely populated.

After spending my youth in Weaversville, I was very...

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by The Press in Local News

MAY

(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)

THURSDAY 28

Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.

JUNE

MONDAY 1

Catasauqua Borough Council 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....

COVID-19 COUNT

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of May 26, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 68,637.

There are 339,835 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 5,152.

In Lehigh County, 3,676 positive cases and 12,914 negative cases have been reported.

In Northampton County, 2,933 positive cases and 12,098 negative cases have been reported.

Community puts on parade

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Since the coronavirus is preventing large gatherings, birthday parades seem to be in vogue.

When Catasauqua Borough resident Al Regits turned 88 May 13, nearly the whole town turned out to spring the surprise parade.

Regits is a town icon. He served on borough council for decades, taking on leadership roles including president.

His house overlooks Catasauqua Park and Playground and the municipal pool, which he was instrumental in getting built.

After the parade,...

School board OKs proposed budget

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

During a May 12 virtual meeting, Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education approved the proposed final 2020-21 budget with a unanimous vote.

The proposed final budget estimates general expenditures of $33,145,795 and balances anticipated revenues and expenditures.

During the budget presentation, Superintendent of Schools Robert Spengler noted the budget may still be subject to changes or clarifications.

“This was the toughest budget I’ve ever done, given this ‘...

North Catty grants

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

North Catasauqua Borough Council held a virtual meeting over video conference May 18. Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt discussed the state of the recreation committee in the midst of COVID-19.

Nearly all of the committee’s revenue comes from events and activities held in the summer, but it seems unlikely that most, if any, of those events will be able to take place.

Aside from the obvious tragedy that the borough will be losing a full summer of entertaining community activities,...

Coplay: St. John’s plans takeout dinner

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by The Press in Columns

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., is having a chicken barbecue dinner 4-6:30 p.m. May 30. The dinner is takeout only.

Reservations are not required but can be made by calling Karen Haines at 610-653-2816.

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Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association has gone outdoors with its food pantry. The association has set up tables outside borough hall, 98 S. Fourth St., this week for its 34 clients.

The move outdoors is prompted by the lockdown of the borough...