Catasauqua Press

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Northampton: Last call for crabcakes at Grace UCC

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., will hold a Lenten crabcake dinner 5-7 p.m. March 31. Chicken finger dinners also are available.

There is a cost.

Take-outs can be purchased.

For more information, call 610-262-7186.


St Paul’s United Church of Christ, 19th Street and Lincoln Avenue, will hold a spaghetti dinner, 4-7 p.m. April 1.

The fundraiser benefits Boy Scout Troop 93.

There is a cost; however, those age 6 and under eat for free.


Catasauqua: Thrift shop to hold bag sale April 3-8

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., is having a bag sale April 3-8. Everything in the store is included in the sale, unless marked otherwise.

Store hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Donations of good, used clean clothing are gratefully accepted during store hours.

Proceeds from the thrift shop are returned to the community through contributions that support youth and adult programs and services.


Hanover Column St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to host fish fry dinner April 6

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Area residents are invited to take a night off from cooking and enjoy a fish fry supper at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Allentown, in the handicapped-accessible parish hall, 5-7 p.m. April 6.

Children age 3 and under eat free.

Assorted desserts and beverages will also be served.

Come with a hearty appetite and bring your friends and neighbors.

St. Andrew’s is located at 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., on the border between Allentown and Bethlehem, two blocks south of Catasauqua Road. Turn from Pennsylvania Avenue onto Taft Street to enter the parking lot.

Coplay: Group decides on 150th activities

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Columns

After spending months sorting out ideas for the borough’s 150th anniversary in 2019, the committee had the hard choice of whittling down the many proposed programs and projects to seven.

The celebration will begin with a community gala.

The time capsule that was buried next to the war memorial on Chestnut Street in 1969 — when the centennial celebration marked the town’s 100th birthday — will be opened.

Other events and programs include the painting of a community mural, picnic, scavenger hunt and block parties.

The event will be capped by a parade.



Monday, March 27, 2017 by The Press in Columns


• Catasauqua Thrift Shop half-price sale, at the shop, 113 Bridge St. The sale continues through April 1. Store hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

• Scrabble night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351

• Quota Club of Northampton’s annual men’s night program, 6:30 p.m., at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave. Information, reservations and cost: 610-262-7828

North Catasauqua: Order your kielbasi for Easter dinner

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Holy Trinity Orthodox Catholic Church, 1023 Fifth St., is making kielbasi for Easter. The deadline to order is March 29. Call 610-395-5737. Pickup will be 4-6 p.m. April 8 in the church hall (use side steps to basement).

Holy Trinity also is taking orders for freshly baked paska bread for Easter. The deadline to order is April 2. Call 610-395-5737. A maximum of 300 loaves will be made, so call early. Pickup will be 4-6 p.m. April 8 in the church hall.


Northampton: Assumption BVM to hold breakfast

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 2181 Washington Ave., will host a breakfast 8:30 a.m.-noon March 26.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, call 610-262-2559.


Evangelist David Brady, of Central City, will be the guest speaker for special services March 26-31 at Northampton Assembly of God, 3449 Cherryville Road. Services will be held 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Catasauqua: Basket social is set

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by The Press in Columns

St. Mary’s Parish, 122 Union St., will be having a basket social in the parish hall 6-9 p.m. March 24; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 25; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26. There will be more than 200 baskets, plus gift cards and specials. You do not have to be present to win.

The kitchen will be open, and baked goods will be available.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Call 610-264-0332 for more information.


Remembering: The peonage law brings big changes to state hospital farm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by CURATOR, ATLAS CEMENT COMPANY MEMORIAL MUSEUM in Columns

Today, I am continuing to look back over 25 years ago, when the Allentown State Hospital operated an 800-acre farm in East Allen Township. Mr. John McDevitt, the former assistant manager, is sharing information from an article he wrote years ago.

The farm started in 1919 to supply food and milk to a number of state institutions. It also provided therapy for a number of patients. But slowly, change brought an end to the farm operation — beginning with the Institutional Peonage Abolishment Act.