Having a real evergreen tree is the centerpiece of Christmas for many families. The real tree has regained its prominence from a couple of decades ago when artificial trees grew in popularity in homes throughout Coplay.
A barometer in gauging whether real trees are indeed back can be found with borough crews who pick up the discarded trees after the holidays.
The crews have noted they have collected more Christmas trees the past several years. It will be interesting what they report after the 2012 Christmas holidays.
You can cross baking off your holiday to-do list and leave the baking to the kitchen staff at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Volunteers there are baking kiffles, Italian cookies, Moravia sugar cakes and chocolate babka and preparing chocolate-covered cherries.
On Saturday, Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas, it all goes on sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the church, located at 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., between Allentown and Bethlehem, 1/4 mile south of Catasauqua Road.
The sale continues on Sunday, Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to noon.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by ED PANY, Curator Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in ColumnsStephen Hayden, Keystone Cement Co., Bath
Mr. Stephen J. Hayden was reared in Allentown and graduated from the Swain School in 1974. With a sense of humor he recalls, "Our graduating class consisted of six students so I had no difficulty making the top 10."
Influenced by his father who was a civil engineer, Steve continued his education at Keystone College and Clarkson College in New York.
Starting employment at the Keystone Cement Company in 1978, he was determined to learn about the various aspects of the plant's operation. His first position was as a crane operator.
The Central Catholic boys football team defeated Selinsgrove High School Nov. 30 in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs with a score of 41-13.
Led by senior captains Anthony Beck, Andrew Englebert, Colin McDermott and Anthony Lynch, the team hopes to continue its success in the upcoming semifinal game against Archbishop Wood High School.
The game will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bethlehem School District's stadium.
The Central Catholic booster club membership application is now available on the school's website, acchs.info.
In 1926, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, held its first candlelight concert. Over the years, no matter how bad the weather was, the tradition has continued.
This year, on Sunday, Dec. 9, St. Paul's will host its 86th concert.
Salem United Church of Christ will be singing with the St. Paul's choir again this year. Special guests will include Elizabeth Knecht and the City of Bethlehem Bagpiping Band led by James Ruhf.
Santa Claus will be on a sleigh, accompanied by Mrs. Claus, Sunday when Coplay Sports Inc. holds its annual Christmas parade.
Several clowns will be part of the caravan, along with a borough fire engine. The parade will wind its way through every street in the borough. Fox Hollow in North Coplay is on the itinerary.
The parade starts out at South Front Street and travels street by street until reaching Echo Manor and Parkway West several hours later. Holiday music will draw children outside, where they will be given small bags of treats.
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 Suburban North Family YMCA is sponsoring the fourth annual Tree of Lights event on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Y in Catasauqua.
The Tree of Lights is a community-wide fundraising project.
Residents are invited to participate by purchasing a light which will be placed on the tree in front of the YMCA main entrance.
Lights may be purchased in memory of loved ones or in honor of a person or organization.
Tax-deductible contributions of between $10 and $250 are being sought.
The Catasauqua Garden Club will celebrate the holidays and another successful year during its Wednesday, Dec. 5 meeting.
Note this meeting begins at noon at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua. There will be no artistic or horticultural competition. Bring with you $4 to be used toward the cost of the meal, six cookies to share, your own silverware and a donation for Meals on Wheels.
This is a time to relax, enjoy a great meal, review a successful year, share some awards and celebrate the holidays. Come prepared to have fun!
Please join us for our next meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Fellowship Community's lower level auditorium, 3000 Fellowship Dr, Whitehall.
The Relay for Life of Whitehall invites anyone in the community who would like to help us. We meet monthly at Fellowship Community for approximately one hour.