· AARP Chapter 3115 meeting – noon, American Club, 300 Cherry St., Coplay. Bring a nonperishable food item for the food bank. Refreshments available during the social hour. Guitarist Shep will entertain. New members welcome. Information: 610-395-2820.
· Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting – 7:30 p.m., Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem. Program: "My American Freedom Via Amateur Radio" - AC7HU." Members and interested general public are welcome. Information: www.dlarc.org, KE3AW@ ARRL.NET or 610-432-8286.
The Northampton Quota Club would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who supported Christmas Gifts for Kids. Quota was able to help 35 children in the Northampton area have a wonderful holiday. More than $1,000 in food and gift cards were provided.
The Quota Club also sponsored a second project. A Little Shopper Santa Shop was held for the children who use the Northampton Area Food Bank.
I believe Catasauquans enjoyed a very busy holiday season this year and, as we start the New Year, I have nothing to report this week.
So, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and to thank you for all the news, events and happenings that have helped make my column so successful and enjoyable.
It has been my pleasure to meet new folks and talk to the many again and again as I so enjoy working with you all.
Coplay's public works personnel are poised to maintain their reputation as one of the best in keeping the borough's streets and alleys safe and open to vehicular traffic when snow or ice covers the macadam surfaces.
The crew, headed by Public Works Supervisor Dan Pavelko, has received thanks over the past winters for doing a good job of clearing the streets so motorists can travel to and from their destination, whether it is to work, to visit family or shop at the market.
In my last column, I remembered a tragic event in American history, the Triangle Waist Company fire, a disaster that claimed the lives of 148 garment workers on March 25, 1911, in New York City. I wrote the column as a result of a conversation with a lady I met whose late aunt had survived the horrific tragedy.
Unlike Whitehall Township, Northampton, Catasauqua and Allen Township which have state and/or federal highways slicing through them, Coplay has no such ribbons of macadam or concrete.
The thoroughfare closest to resembling a state highway is Chestnut Street, linking Whitehall to Northampton, and Second Street, to a lesser extent.
At one time the borough had six gas stations on Chestnut Street. At that time there were plans to have the road become a part of the proposed Cement Belt Expressway. The plans, unfortunately, did not materialize,
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church's women's group, the Morning Glories, will be holding a calico ham and bean soup sale.
The deadline for your quart orders is Friday, Jan. 11.
You may want to order more than one quart as this soup freezes well.
Pickup for orders will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the church, located at Fourth and Pine streets.
To place your order, call Rena at 610-264-0340.
Happy New Year!
The Gospel Chapel Missions Committee has partnered with Lehigh Valley Business Group, a nonprofit organization, for "Project Keep Warm." The goal for this project is to collect 500 new or gently used blankets by the end of 2012.
All blankets will be donated to various homeless shelters, family centers and animal shelters throughout the Lehigh Valley and Pocono areas. Blankets can be dropped off Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or before/after the 10:30 service on Sunday.
The Gospel Chapel is located at 2022 Main St.
The Kiwanis Club of Allentown Northeast meets every Wednesday at noon at Denny's Restaurant, Catasauqua Road, Hanover Township.
There is no meeting on Jan. 2. The speaker for the Jan. 9 meeting will be Roger Ochse, development director of Valley Youth House.
For more information about the Kiwanis, contact 610-740-9391.
Are you planning an outdoor gathering for 2013? Hanover Township has three public parks, totaling about 10 acres.
North Catasauqua's holiday food drive continues, as residents are asked to help those less fortunate in the community during the holiday season by donating nonperishable food items.
Items donated to the food drive will go to the Catasauqua Area Community Food Bank.
Items requested are canned goods, toiletry items, diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, soaps, laundry detergents, juices, baby food, cereals, rice, sugar, flour, cracker and pasta.
Check the expiration dates on food items and do not donate any out of date items.