In this new series, I'm visiting a unique hamlet, Darktown. Many of my readers have driven through the hamlet, situated on the banks of the Lehigh River in Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township.
Two of the proud residents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bednar. Mike is a passionate railroad buff who has written 10 well-documented books on railroad history. I decided to interview my friend Mike on a variety of topics. Poor Mike, my incessant questioning seems to unearth anything and everything that might interest my readers.
Winter programs at the Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave., will be held Jan. 29 through March 21. Children living in the Northampton Area School District are invited to participate.
Toddler Storytime, age 2, will be held Tuesdays, 11-11:20 a.m., or Wednesdays, 10-10:20 a.m.
Creative Preschoolers Storytime, age 3 and up, will be held Tuesdays, 10-10:45 a.m., or Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Family Toddler/Pre-school Storytime will be held Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7 p.m.
The Woman's Club of Catasauqua will hold their first meeting of the New Year on Thursday, Jan. 17 at noon at the Old Country Buffet in Whitehall. Each member is to bring an item for the Catasauqua Food Pantry. There will be a chance to win a gift certificate. All donations are appreciated.
The Catasauqua Thrift Shop was closed the week between Christmas and New Year, but is now open with beautiful clothing for the entire family.
Get out of the cold and join the Y! Suburban North Family YMCA is accepting Winter Program registrations, which will begin this week.
Many new programs are available at the Y, which serves North Catasauqua, Catasauqua and other area residents. Among them are art classes for children, adults and seniors; indoor field hockey; Pilates; cardio kickboxing; and beginners soccer for 2-year-olds. Also offered are a variety of Zumba classes six days per week with child care available.
· 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,