Catasauqua Press

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Coplay Column

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Borough preparing for community days

With Coplay Community Days approaching at the end of the month, the borough's public works department has now finished painting the interior roof in white, the first such painting to be completed in years.

The beige brick columns look as new now as when they were first erected in the early 1970s.

Although a bronze plaque was mounted on one of the brick columns at the front of the parkway pavilion, most do not know that the pavilion was a project created by the then Koplay Keystone Kops, a group of men who remained together after the 1969 borough centennial celebration.

Catasauqua Column

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by LIZ HAHN Special to The Press in Columns

Garden Club to meet Aug. 7

By now, you all should be enjoying your BLTs as your garden tomato crop overwhelms your backyard.

Take some time out for the Catasauqua Garden Club meeting on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. Sue Kittek, a Pennsylvania Master Gardener and garden columnist for the Morning Call, will share floral design and prep with the group. The Wednesday meeting will take place at the usual location, the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua.

Remember to have your display items in place by 12:45 p.m. Garden friendly visitors are welcome to attend.


Happenings Column

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by The Press in Columns


Vacation Bible school – until Aug. 4, Faith Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road. Information: 610-435-0451.

· Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club meeting – 7:30 p.m., Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem. Program: "GPS System and Applications Simplified" by Ben/KB3CTX. Open to the public. Information:, KE3AW@ ARRL.NET or 610-432-8286.

Cement Worker of the Month Fritz J. Engler Jr.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

Buzzi-Unicem, Stockertown

Mr. Fritz Engler was born on the family farm in Washington Township, graduating from Bangor High School in 1970. There, he was a member of the wrestling squad.

"I especially enjoyed all my math courses," he says. After two years at Penn State University, Fritz took his mechanical skills to Hercules Cement now (Buzzi-Unicem) and was hired on March 20, 1970.

"I started on the labor gang at $3.25 an hour," he says. "My 41 years here have taken me into every area of the plant."

College Corner Column

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by The Press in Columns


Upton named

to dean's list

Samantha Upton of Coplay has been named to the University of Delaware's dean's list for the spring semester.

To meet eligibility requirements for the dean's list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.


Hawk and Seyfried receive degrees

Coplay resident Victoria Hawk was one of 651 students to graduate from Messiah College May 18.

Hawk graduated cum laude with a degree in biology.

North Catasauqua Column

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Columns

Summer car cruise admission is free

The North Catasauqua Betterment Committee is hosting a free Summer Car Cruise on Thursday, Aug. 1. Music, food, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing will be featured along with classic and antique cars on display at the North Catasauqua Park from 5:30-8:30 p.m.


The Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., Catasauqua, will have a half-price sale Aug. 5-17. The shop will close for housecleaning and changeover the week of Aug. 19 and will reopen Aug. 26 with new clothing for fall and winter.

Coplay Column

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Citizens recall hot summer days

The heat wave has abated a bit, but not without invoking memories of many older citizens.

Very few owned refrigerators in the 1940s. When they did come onto the market, the price was too high for many families.

Many in the borough still remember Gusty Hobel, who operated an open truck delivering blocks of ice. Gusty chipped the frozen blocks of water with an ice pick and used iron hooks with a handle to make the delivery. Children loved the shavings of ice left behind.


Thursday, July 25, 2013 by The Press in Columns


· Movie night – 7 p.m. at the Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Movie will be "A Bug's Life." Refreshments. Information: 610-262-7351.

· Christmas in July – Coplay Pool, Second and Keefer streets. Information: 610-262-1778.

· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.

· Bingo – Doors open 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m., Petersville Rod and Gun Club, 550 Club Road, Moore Township. Information: 610-261-2210.

Northampton Column

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT Special to The Press in Columns

Library yard sale this Saturday

The Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave., will hold a yard sale Saturday, July 27, rain or shine.

Vendors are needed. Spaces are 10 feet and tables can be rented.

Call the library, 610-262-7537, for details.


The library will also be at the Northampton Farmers Market 3-5 p.m. July 30 with activities for kids.


The Friends of the Northampton Area Public Library is sponsoring a bus trip to the Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, and the 13th Annual Civil War Reenactment Train Ride, Middletown, Sept. 21.

Purchase tickets by Aug. 29.