In this sixth column, I am speaking to the governor of Burgenland, Austria, and a delegation on the Burgenland heritage in the Lehigh Valley. Many men who immigrated here worked in our cement plants. When they were hired at the plants, the Burgenlanders were working with many nationalities. For example, there were Hungarians, Slovaks, Croatians, Ukrainians, Poles, Russians and a majority of Pennsylvania Germans. The Atlas even had a group of Portuguese employees, who later moved to Palmerton and became key employees at the New Jersey Zinc complex.
Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second St., will be having its next homemade breakfast buffet 8 a.m.-noon March 25. The public is invited.
Served will be all-you-can-eat eggs, bacon, sausage links, SOS, home fries, French toast, juice, coffee and tea.
For more information, call 610-264-1606.
Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., will be holding a free rock-a-billy concert 7:30-11:30 p.m. March 30.
It offers dance classes, live music nights, etc.
For more information, call 610-443-0707.
North Catasauqua’s annual Easter egg hunt is scheduled 1 p.m. March 25.
Hosted by Charotin Hose Company, the hunt will be held at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St.
The event will be divided into the following age groups: infant to age 2; ages 3 and 4; ages 5 and 6; and ages 7 and 8.
Porter-Chapman Masonic Lodge 367, 1103 Sixth St., will be having an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner 4-7 p.m. March 24.
There will also be a basket/gift raffle with multiple prizes. The winners will be drawn at the end of the event.
The Friends of Northampton Area Public Library group will be holding a fundraiser 5-8 p.m. tonight, March 22, at Santa Fe Taco, 2022 Main St.
The group will receive a percentage of the proceeds from that night. Dine-in or takeout meals are included in the fundraiser.
Hampton Lanes, 326 Main St., will host a bowling benefit for the Dog TAGS Program of the Lehigh Valley 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 31.
The Dog TAGS organization works with veterans to get the service dogs they need to help with injuries caused by serving our country.
The Saquon Barkley parade and celebration will be held March 24.
Barkley is considered by many of the college football top analysts as the No. 1 pick for the NFL draft April 26. He sure is bringing a lot of attention to the “little town that could.”
The event will begin noon with a parade from Ninth and Chestnut streets to Coplay Parkway, located at Second and Keefer streets.
The post-parade event will consist of proclamations, speakers, music, food and beverages. It will run until 5 p.m.
• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Coplay Lions Club meeting, 7:15 p.m., at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.
• Preschool storytime, 10:30 a.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. The event will continue Tuesdays until April 24. There will be no storytime April 10. Information and registration (required): 610-432-4339
Brunch and Friendship Sunday will be held March 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St.
Bring a friend to church and brunch. Every friend and member who brings them will receive a welcome gift, courtesy of Louise Hash and the St. John’s Evangelism Committee.
Also, don’t forget the very special friendship event for all Sunday school students and their friends, held 9 a.m. before the worship.
If you would like to bring some kind of bread, call Karen Haines at 610-653-2816.
The George Taylor House Association will hold its next organizational meeting 7 p.m. March 15 in the community room of Catasauqua Municipal Complex.
All are welcome. Members who complete the membership form may vote for the board, bylaws and other items. Nominations may be taken from the floor.
Why read, you ask?
If you are already a reader, what I’m about to say will be “preaching to the choir.” And, if you are reading this article, chances are you enjoy reading. Please share what I am about to tell you with everyone you know because reading can transform lives. And, if your kids ask you why reading is important, you’ll know exactly what to say.
Here are some of the reasons reading is important:
1. Reading develops your imagination. When you read, you paint pictures in your mind.
Mr. Roark Grammes was born in Hudson, N.Y. His father, Donald, was a chemist with Lone Star Cement. Roark moved with his family when his father was transferred to Greencastle, Ind.; Trumbull, Conn.; Roanoke, Va.; Shawnee, Kan., where he graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1980; and finally to Allentown in 1981.
After graduating from Lehigh County Community College, he followed in his father’s footsteps and was hired as a lab technician at Lone Star in Nazareth, the landmark company that later became Essroc.