Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission will hold its annual spring historical walk beginning 9 a.m. March 23 on the IRT. The walk — the first of many 2019 events — starts at the Chestnut Street barn, just west of MacArthur Road.
The four-hour leisurely walk has stops for walkers to view historical sites and landmarks, including the first anthracite-fueled iron company and the first Portland Cement Company in America. At least 23 historical sites and landmarks will be presented.
Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum had a banner year in 2018 with a large mix of students from the Northampton Area School District and representatives from nine foreign countries, various organizations and others visiting the museum on tours.
There were 2,947 students and teachers who attended tours and educational programs. There were another 536 other persons who toured the museum. The total number of museum visitors adds up to 3,483.
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, 1401 Laubach Ave., rolled out the welcome mat Oct. 26, 2018, as more than 100 men and women associated with the cement industry toured the Northampton-based museum.
The tour capped the IEEE Cement Industry East Coast Subcommittee Technical Conference, held in Allentown. The organization is based in Chicago.
Catasauqua Community Club and Northampton Exchange Club will hold the 71st annual Bury the Hatchet dinner Nov. 20.
The dinner is in preparation for the Turkey Day football game, played each year on Thanksgiving, which pits Catasauqua High School against Northampton Area High School.
This year, the dinner will start 6:30 p.m., with a cocktail hour before, at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.
A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will open at its Northampton site May 13 for the 20th year.
It is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the past and present cement industry with a focus on the once-thriving Atlas Cement Manufacturing Company and others. Since its opening in 2008, thousands of visitors have toured the 1401 Laubach Ave. museum. The building also houses the borough’s administrative offices, council chambers and the police station.
From North Catasauqua to Wilson Borough, Northampton to Freemansburg, representatives and others from local governments met March 28 in the Northampton Borough Municipal Building’s council chambers for the latest briefing of the state’s MS4 permit requirements to reduce pollution in the waterways.
With an overwhelming endorsement by Lehigh County Democratic Executive Committee and the state’s Democratic leadership Oct. 4, Jeanne McNeill accepted the party’s nomination to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of her husband, Daniel.
The 133rd District includes portions of Hanover (Lehigh County), Whitehall and Salisbury townships, Bethlehem (Lehigh County) and Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill boroughs.
The two outer arches of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will fall to two dynamite blasts the morning of Oct. 11.
The announcement was made Sept. 25 at a briefing for borough representatives from Coplay and Northampton. Attending the briefing were police, public works and elected officials from both boroughs.
The third center arch will fall sometime in early November.
A stunned public reacted to the Sept. 8 death of State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd. Many were unaware the 70-year-old Hokendauqua resident had been battling cancer, as he carried out his work without interruption and with determination and a smile.