Catasauqua Press

Monday, October 21, 2019

Borough’s 150th anniversary to end Oct. 19 with Saengerbund event

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs


A year of celebrating Coplay Borough’s 150th birthday — which kicked off in April with a visit from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a gala, a parade, a daylong festival at Balliet Stadium with the release of 150 lighted lanterns and a fireworks display and a pub crawl — will come to an end Oct. 19.

The closing ceremony will be held noon-10 p.m. at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.

Emil Schanta and his polka band will kick off the celebration with his Ein Prosit party...

Editor’s View

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

I cannot think of a better week than this to emphasize the need for volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania — especially in the communities in which we live.

National Fire Prevention Week, celebrated this year Oct. 6-12, was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, in which more than 250 people died, some 100,000 were left homeless and more than 17,400 buildings burned.

The fire began Oct. 8 when, according to legend, Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicked over an...

State rejects voters’ challenge

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Under Pennsylvania’s Election Code, 10 or more citizens have the right to challenge the Department of State’s certification of a voting system. That’s exactly what happened to the ExpressVote XL voting system in Northampton County, a hybrid combining a voter-verified paper trail with the simplicity of a touch screen.

This system was certified by both the federal and state governments in November 2018. Eight months later, a challenge was filed. This triggered an automatic re-...


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by The Press in Columns

OCT. 8

• Tai Chi exercise, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Whitehall Active Lifestyle Center, 2301 Pine St., West Catasauqua. The class will continue 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-2 p.m. Fridays until Oct. 29. Information, cost and registration: 610-437-3700

• Hokendauqua Park and Playground Association girls and boys basketball registration, 6-7:30 p.m., at Hokendauqua Fire Company, 3022 S. Second St. Questions about the boys programs: Tom Mullin at ...

Fest O’ Fall

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Keep an eye out around the borough for Catasauqua’s iconic scarecrows. Members of Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association have been busy putting them up in preparation for Catasauqua’s annual Fest O’ Fall.

“We have about a hundred that we put together from all the past Fest O’ Fall events,” Betsy Hillenbrand, HCPA president, said.

The festival is scheduled for noon-5 p.m. Oct. 5. The rain date is Oct. 6.

The event, sponsored by HCPA, takes place at both the Biery...

Catasauqua mayor says HCPA needs more funding

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

During the Sept. 30 Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting, Councilwoman Jessica Kroope reported the Fest O’ Fall fundraising event Oct. 5 at the George Taylor House and the Biery House includes a Revolutionary War re-enactment, music, pony rides, food and a magic show.

The event is sponsored by Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association. All funds raised go to the George Taylor House for its needs.

Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel, commenting on the repairs needed at...

Salem UCC to celebrate 150 years

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Oct. 5 will mark the 150th anniversary of Salem United Church of Christ, located at 615 Third St. on the corner of Walnut Street in Catasauqua Borough. While the congregation may be older, at 167 years, the building itself celebrates its sesquicentennial this year.

A year after separating from St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1868, the congregation of Salem UCC laid the cornerstone for the new building 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 1869. They purchased the land, which was then on the far...

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by The Press in Local News



Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

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.


Catasauqua Area School Board meets 7 p.m. in the administration office board room, 251 N. 14th St.


Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


A domestic offense against family in the 3100 block of North Front Street brought police to the scene.

Officers responded to mental health calls in the 2400 and 2600 blocks of MacArthur Road.

A theft from a vehicle in the 400 block of New York Avenue was investigated.

A suspicious person in the 1700 block of Peachtree Circle was reported.

The department responded to an animal issue...

Catasauqua lunch menus

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by The Press in School

Thursday, Oct. 3: Elem. — Whole-grain macaroni and cheese, side salad, assorted fresh fruit, milk choice; M.S., H.S. — Whole-grain ham and cheese pretzelwich, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, Tater Tots (H.S.: potato wedges instead, side salad also), milk choice

Friday, Oct. 4: Elem. — Whole-grain Maxx stix with tomato sauce, green beans, assorted fresh fruit, milk choice; M.S., H.S. — Cheesesteak on whole-grain roll, steamed peas (H.S.: french fries), assorted fresh fruit, baby...