Catasauqua Press

Friday, June 23, 2017

Scouts install blessing box in Catasauqua

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 6242 earned their Bronze Award by constructing a blessing box and collecting donations to fill the box.

The troop meets at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mickleys, in Whitehall.

The Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. Junior Girl Scouts are in grades 4 and 5.

Along with teamwork, the Scouts learned valuable skills including problem solving, using hand and power tools, painting and giving back to their...

Catasauqua sets dedication date for new building

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Although there were rumors of different dates, at its May 22 workshop session Catasauqua council announced its target date for dedicating the borough’s new municipal building. The dedication date is Sept. 16.

“It will be a celebration, and we will have tours of the building,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said. “There will be a live band, food trucks and events for kids.”

The date was pushed forward to make sure it did not conflict with summer plans.

A lot of changes are...

District attorney warns public of new dangerous drug

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is warning the public about Gray Death, a new drug that can kill with a single dose. This drug is dangerous even to touch with gloves, Morganelli said, adding there have been reported overdoses in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio.

Gray Death is comprised of heroin, fentanyl, the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

“This is one of the scariest combinations in almost 20 years of forensic chemistry...

Quilts on display at historic house

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

June 4 saw the opening of the first-ever quilt show at the George Taylor House. The quilts, combined with a session listening to the reminiscences of Mary Todd Lincoln, portrayed by Linda Minarik, made for a delightful afternoon on a cool, rainy weekend day.

Minarik gave a marvelous rendition of Mrs. Lincoln. Historians have found the woman to have had a colorful and strange lifestyle in and out of the White House.

“This is a great venue for quilts,” said the house manager Jean...

Catasauqua: Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church to hold sale Saturday

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., will be having its annual yard and bake sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 17. The event is rain or shine.

There will be a wide variety of merchandise, and all of the delicious baked goods are made by the members.

Food and refreshments also will be available.


Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association’s Biery House, 8 Race St. will be open 1-4 p.m. June 18. There will be a PowerPoint presentation and discussion...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 22

In the 600 block of Limestone Street, a dispute between a mother and daughter brought out police.

Police investigated a protection-from-abuse case in the 200 block of Front Street.

Four no parking signs were issued in the 400 block of Prospect Street, the department said.

Sixteen parking tickets were filed at the department, 118 Bridge St.

Officers assisted Whitehall police with a...

Coplay: Anniversary committee will meet tonight

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Columns

This evening, the borough’s 150th anniversary celebration committee meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers of borough hall, 98 S. Fourth St. The celebration occurs in 2019.

Also this evening, Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 convenes 7:30 p.m., usually for a workshop of sorts, on the second floor of the municipal building.


Aqua Zumba debuts for the summer at Parkway Pool 6:30 p.m. June 19 and each Monday evening thereafter.


There will be a Whitehall-...

State hospital farm workers were good country neighbors

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Columns

In this continuing series, I am looking back at the old Allentown State Hospital Farm in Weaversville. As a youngster (that’s a couple years ago) my father and I helped Willie Smith on his Weaversville farm, so I had a firsthand view of the neighboring farm.

The buildings on the 800-acre farm were all painted white and beautifully maintained.

The superintendent of the Allentown State Hospital would make unannounced stops to check on the treatment of the patients who worked...

North Catasauqua: Community carnival kicks off summer in North Catasauqua

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The 11th annual North Catasauqua Small Town USA carnival takes place this week, through June 17, at North Catasauqua Park. There will be live music nightly, rides, games, raffles and food.

Special family nights are Thursday and Saturday.


The 10th annual North Catasauqua Small Town USA golf tournament is planned for June 25 at Willowbrook Golf Course, North Catasauqua. The shotgun start four-person scramble begins 8:30 a.m., with men’s and ladies’ divisions.