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Fire police fundraiser

Catasauqua Borough Fire Police volunteers held their 10th annual flea market Sept. 5 on the fire training grounds on Race Street.

The fire police squad - six members strong - is led by Harvey Emert. The flea market, which Emert noted grows in size each year, is the group’s only major fundraiser.

Some of the funds raised help defray costs of Catasauqua Police Department’s K-9 program.

A beautiful blue sky mixed with cooler weather was a perfect day for the event. The parking lot was on overflow status, as people streamed in to peruse a wide range of very reasonably priced goods offered for sale.

Clothing, glass and bottles, light furniture and interesting odds and ends were available. There was also home-crafted sports memorabilia, which can be custom ordered, by Joanne Scheele. Scheele is a longtime local crafter and is popularly known in craft circles as “The Ball Lady.” Making sports team-themed hanging balls is her specialty.

Emert was pleased with the attendance and the number of vendors from Catasauqua, Whitehall, Coplay and Allentown. His team of fire police was stationed at the flea market headquarters tent, which operated as an information site and a grilling operation. Hot dogs were on the menu.

Emert said the fire police is under both the police and fire departments.

The fire police receives money from the borough budget and through donations. To donate to Catasauqua Fire Police, call 484-951-6148.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR. Vendors set up their stands at the Catasauqua Borough Fire Police annual flea market, held Sept. 5 at the fire training grounds on Race Street.
Fire police members Glen Hunsicker, Cody Lick, Charlie Hetzel and Harvey Emert man the event headquarters tent.
Vendors display their items available for purchase.
Joanne Scheele, known locally as “The Ball Lady,” shows her specialty sports-themed decorations.