A national campaign has taken shape advertising Saturday as the day for people to do Christmas shopping at smaller local stores rather at the big box chains.
The businesses in Coplay might make a good place to get some shopping done without the crowds, traffic or issues over parking.
Coplay features a hobby store, a country store gift shop and a sporting goods store, among others.
The Northampton Borough Municipal Building, 1401 Laubach Ave., will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The borough's annual tree-lighting ceremony will be held Sunday, Nov. 25, 5:30 p.m., at Main Street and Laubach Avenue. The rain date is Nov. 26.
Santa will arrive via a fire truck with treats for the kids.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, the community's three churches – St. John's Lutheran, St. Peter's Roman Catholic and Trinity United Church of Christ – will hold their annual ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.
Trinity U.C.C., Third and Coplay streets, will host the service. The evening service rotates yearly among the three churches.
In today's column, Mr. Harold Smith, historian of the Zion Stone Church, is taking us on a tour of the church cemetery. The first cemetery dates to 1772, the second to 1870. In those days the church, a union church hosted both Lutheran and Reformed congregations.
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Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua, will host a community Thanksgiving service Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
A fellowship hour will follow the service.
For more information, contact the church office at 610-264-4091.
The Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second St., will hold its seventh annual holiday bazaar Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free. The kitchen will be open.
There will be a bake sale, door prizes and a Chinese auction. All your favorites will be under one roof.
St. Mary's Parish Center, Second and Union streets, will host a bingo event on Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning 1 p.m. The kitchen will open at 11:30 a.m. for sit-in or takeout meals.
Come on down for a relaxing afternoon and don't forget to bring along a friend.
St. Mary's Church, 122 Union St., Catasauqua, will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the parish center. Takeout is available.
Advanced tickets are available. For more information, call the parish office at 610-264-0332.
Compared to many areas, Hurricane Sandy delivered only a soft punch to Coplay.
Among the most notable damage occurred at Sammy Balliet Stadium, where the dugout roof was blown right off its block walls. (See photo, page 5).
At St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery, the large cross that marks the final resting place of the church's former pastors tilted precariously forward.
The traffic light at Second and Chestnut streets was out for a couple of days.
The borough public works department responded to calls about debris, tree branches and blocked storm drains.
St. John's Friendly Fifties will meet Monday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m., in the church's social hall, 1343 Newport Ave.
Cracked Walnuts will entertain.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1235 Main St., will host a basket bingo Saturday, Nov. 10. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the games begin at 1 p.m.
The cost of a ticket includes 20 games. Specials will be sold separately.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
For tickets, call 610-502-1037.
Proceeds benefit the church's building fund.
Boy Scouts and volunteers from the local Minsi Trails Boy Scout Council will be out Saturday, Nov. 10, collecting nonperishable food for the annual Scouting For Food community food drive.
Door hangers were delivered throughout many area neighborhoods last Saturday, letting residents know about the food drive. For residents who did not get a door hanger, food may be dropped off at any participating area Walmart or Wegmans store, at WFMZ-TV, Bennett Toyota, the United Way of the Lehigh Valley or the Minsi Trails Council office.