Catasauqua Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Dusting our past

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Old-timers still recall when cement dust was common in the “cement belt.” I wrote about this issue 18 years ago.

In 1999, two Northampton residents “remembered” dust in the Northampton, Coplay, Cementon and Egypt areas with letters to the editor.

They recalled when dust from the plants had to be swept from the sidewalks on a daily basis — sometimes, twice a day. The old Atlas plant’s 74 kilns had a squeaking sound, putting the residents of 10th, 11th and 12th streets in...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

FEB. 4

In the 200 block of Front Street, officers investigated a harassment by communications report.

The department said cars were racing engines in the 100 block of Milton Street.

Police responded to a report of harassment via Instagram in the 200 block of Poplar Street.

At Sheckler Elementary School, 201 N. 14th St., a problem with a student occurred.

An investigation is continuing for...

Coplay: A look back on Second Street

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The Coplay 150th anniversary committee meets 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to continue finalizing plans for the celebrations. The fun begins with a banquet scheduled for April 6 at the American Club of Coplay pavilion.

All this talk about the anniversary has brought about more interest in the borough’s history. Here is a flashback to when Second Street was the focus of commercial, social and recreational activities.

At South Second Street and Keystone Alley, there is a brick building that...

Fat Tuesday pancake supper planned

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is hosting a Fat Tuesday pancake supper 5-7 p.m. March 5.

The event will take place in the church’s handicapped-accessible parish hall, located at 1900 Pennsylvania Ave., Allentown.

There will be pancakes, sausage, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea.

Children under age 3 eat for free.

Bring your friends and neighbors and enjoy the last day of feasting before Lent!

Coplay police

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

FEB. 11

An adult male was charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle in the unit block of South Seventh Street.

A small white dog was reported running loose in the unit block of North Front Street.

Police responded to an alarm in the unit block of South Fourth Street.

Two silver rings were found in the ladies bathroom at borough hall, 98 S. Fourth St.

Officers assisted with a protection-...

Happenings

Monday, February 18, 2019 by The Press in Columns

FEB. 18

• Beading club meeting, 1:30 p.m., in the reference area of Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339

• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339

• Bingo, 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.), at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave. Bingo is played every Monday.

• Stretch and strengthen, 9-10 a.m., at Lehigh Valley...

HCPA celebrates its volunteers

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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,...

Paint and Sip

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

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Hanover sinkhole fixed by homeowners association

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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....

CASD rezoning request approved

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Feb. 4, Catasauqua Area School District received good news about the land it owns on 14th Street, across from Sheckler Elementary School.

The district wants to sell the land and has interested developers. The land is zoned as a conservation district, which requires 1 acre of land per family unit. The school board asked for rezoning to accommodate higher density. The zoning will allow family units similar to what is already in place along...