In this continuing series, I am in Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, speaking to Mr. Michael Bednar whose grandfather migrated to the hamlet in 1900 to work for the Thomas Iron Company in Hokendauqua. The company was founded by the Thomas family, skilled iron makers who brought the art of iron making to Catasauqua and Hokendauqua. The company donated funds for a school and church.
"During the early years, a number of arrivals from Wales resided in a large company-owned tavern in Darktown," Mike says. "Many were members of the First Presbyterian Church."
Municipalities, counties, states and the federal government at intervals conduct scheduled or unannounced drills to test and prepare emergency services in the event a real disaster or emergency occurs.
For the small borough of Coplay, a gas malfunction that occurred two weeks ago was not a drill. A problem at a regulator station left homes in the town without heat Jan. 23-24, one of the coldest days of the winter.
The L & N Pool League will be holding its annual benefit tournament at noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the American Legion Post 353, 1469 Dewey Ave.
This charity fundraiser is for Lisa Slough-Smothers, a single mother of three who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
A Chinese auction will be held 1-5 p.m. You need not be present to win.
Other highlights of the day include a bake sale, raffles and refreshments.
For information on donating to the event or participating in the pool tournament, call Jen at 484-597-1484.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is hosting a traditional pancake supper in the parish hall on Shrove Tuesday, (a.k.a. Mardi Gras Day, Fat Tuesday and Faschnacht Day) Feb. 12. The supper will be served 5-7 p.m.
The public is invited to enjoy homemade pancakes, sausage, applesauce and a beverage.
The proceeds will benefit the church's ministries to the homeless and the hungry, including the Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Program and the Pennsylvania Avenue Interfaith Food Pantry.
The Northampton Area Food Bank will hold a Vera Bradley bingo Sunday, Feb. 3, in the gym of Good Shepherd Catholic School, 1300 Newport Ave.
Doors open at noon. The games begin at 2 p.m.
A Chinese auction and a 50/50 cash drawing will also be held. Refreshments will be available.
Contact Barbara Budnik at 610-262-6156 for tickets or information.
The snow date is Feb. 10.
Queenship of Mary Church will hold its annual Sweetheart Breakfast and MSC Sisters bake sale on Sunday, Feb. 10, 8-11:30 a.m., in the parish hall.
Mr. Jody Rebuck was reared in Gowen City and graduated third in his class from Shamokin High School in 1988.
"I was always interested in math and mechanical science," he says. "During my school days I was employed at a local garage."
Jody enrolled at Pennsylvania State University and earned a degree in electrical engineering. During the summer months he worked as an intern for PPL at the Sunbury and Montour power plants.
The young engineer started his career at Allentown Cement, now Lehigh-Heidelberg, in 1993.
St. Andrews Young at Heart meets once a month at St. Andrews Church, Third and Eugene streets. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the social hall, accessible from the side door entrance from the parking lot.
Dues are being collected at this time to bring membership up to date. New members are always welcome.
Plans are in the works for three bus trips for this year.
One takes place Friday, Feb 22, when the group heads to the Hollywood Casino, located near Hershey. For information about the casino trip, call Bill Molchany at 610-264-0920.
With the passing of Tony Stanz, uncertainty remains over whether the borough will be without another business.
Stanz was owner of Tony's Hobby Shop, which was a fixture for decades in Coplay.
Commercial enterprises thrived for many years on Second Street when the pavement was filled with shoppers and those enjoying a night out.
It might be too soon to ascertain whether the hobby shop, once a pool hall, becomes a casualty to larger commercial enterprises.
Amazing Events by Linda Holliday, a well-known ventriloquist and magician, will be presented 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Fourth and Pine streets, Catasauqua.
Tickets can be purchased for just the show or for a dinner/show.
The dinner will include hot dogs, chips, relish tray/dip, homemade desserts and a drink. Proceeds will go to benefit the Lutheran Congregational Services Disaster Relief Fund and Holy Trinity's Heating Fund.
To illustrate the toll that cancer takes and how the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life can help, I have asked my friend, Gene, to tell me about being a caregiver for his dad, who passed away battling lung cancer. This is Gene's story:
I'm writing this article on what would have been my father's 72nd birthday. This was my very first experience – up close and personal – with cancer and it has forever changed me on a very fundamental level.