orough public works personnel completed their final yard waste and leaf pickup on Friday.
Crews are now ready to pickup discarded Christmas trees. Although the trees will be picked up in January, every holiday season there are one or more residents whose trees, surprisingly, are outside, awaiting pickup already on Christmas Day, with some more on Dec. 26.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town on Sunday. While this parade certainly isn't in the same league as Macy's, the local holiday flavor will not be lost on the children in the borough.
Led by a borough police vehicle and a borough fire truck, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be seated on a sleigh, while music of the season gives a festive air. Hosted by Coplay Sports Inc., the excursion is a tradition going back decades.
Santa will deliver wrapped presents to children whose parents provide them.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids and Catasauqua High School Rough Riders football teams slogged it out on a muddy Alumni Field in Catasauqua for the 90th Thanksgiving Day rivalry. The night before the game, high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and the school district superintendents exchanged some good-natured jesting at the annual Bury the Hatchet dinner. Both events are a long-standing tradition in the community.
The dinner was hosted by the Northampton Exchange Club.
Santa will be in town noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Coplay Fire Department station on Cherry Street.
Each child will receive a present. Parents are invited to take a photograph of their child with Santa. No reservations are required. The program is free.
The event will be held snow, rain or sun.
Coplay Scholarship Committee and Coplay Town Watch are joining forces for a fund drive, expected to be an annual event.
The United States Post Office at Coplay reports people are already getting into the holiday spirit, as evidenced by the amount of packages coming and going at the Chestnut Street facility.
Postal patrons are also buying the special holiday stamps in large numbers and then affixing them to greeting cards and other mail.
New this season is that Amazon is aboard.
The traditional start to the Thanksgiving Day holiday begins in the borough Sunday with the decades-old community ecumenical program.
The Coplay Ecumenical Service, which rotates among the three borough churches, will be held on Sunday, 7 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Third Street, off Coplay Street.
St. John's Lutheran Church will hold a dinner open to the public on Saturday.
Shepherd's pie is on the menu.
The church hall, located on South Third Street, will be open to diners from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.
The church boasts of a new kitchen with state-of-the-art equipment.
In the Nov. 4, election, local Democrats enjoyed a commanding margin over Republicans.
A much better than expected turnout showed up at the Coplay polling sites – the CFC hall on Cherry Street and the St. John's church hall.
In keeping with the Halloween season, Coplay Garden Club's Oct. 30 program will be called "Plants of Murder and Mahem" and will be presented by Sue Drabic.
Houseplants featured in the program, held at St. John's Lutheran Church, will be Crassula (jade), Schefferra (umbrella tree), Zebrina (wandering Jew) and Hypoestos (polka dot plant).
The 7 p.m. program's floral arrangement tournament is themed "Let's Go Tic Tacking." For the novice, a triangle design should be submitted and for advanced competitors, a triangle design using Indian corn or squash is required.
Allen Township hopes to resolve traffic issues on Bullshead and Willowbrook roads.
Motorists now park their vehicles along both roads at the Catsauqua High School campus to attend soccer and athletic events.
Township supervisors, at a September meeting, discussed the problem of blocked driveways and poor visibility at intersections caused by some vehicular parking.
Representatives of the township's engineering firm, Hanover Engineering, met with CHS officials. Another session is planned in the future.
Coplay's community Halloween parade is set for this coming Tuesday, Oct. 21.
It is sponsored by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association.
In recognition of the fact that October is Fire Prevention Month, the parade will be led by the Coplay Fire Department, and will feature other volunteer fire departments in the area.
The first division, which follows, is headed by the honor squad of Post 426, American Legion, Coplay.