In this second column, I am speaking to Mr. Sterling Rothrock in Lehigh Township. Mr. Rothrock is one of the senior former employees of the Universal Atlas Cement Company. Born in 1921, he worked at the cement company and operated two farms in Lehigh Township.
The family moved to Kreidersville where he attended the Kreidersville school.
One of his favorite hangouts as a youth was the Warren Wolfe & Sons Indian Motorcycle Shop.
Area residents can welcome fall during the Oct. 13 Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest and Car Show, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the borough park.
Proceeds from this community event, sponsored by the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee, will be used for community improvements and borough projects.
The event will include food, games, live music, a musical show for children and a car show. There will also be cooking demonstrations, a fire department display, contests and a craft and flea market.
The rain date will be the following weekend, Saturday, Oct. 19.
You are invited to the first team meeting for the 2014 season, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Fellowship Community's Auditorium, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.
We are starting our 11th season for the Relay For Life of Whitehall. Please make noise and come out and join your relay. Anyone who lives, works or plays in Whitehall, Catasauqua, Northampton or the surrounding areas is welcome.
Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay, will host a craft and vendor fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the American Club of Coplay Pavilion, 300 Cherry St.
The event will include a wide assortment of homemade crafts and direct sales vendors as well as a Chinese auction, bake sale and food.
The church is still accepting applications for crafters and direct sales representatives to participate in this event.
For additional information, email info@TrinityUccCoplay.org, call Roni 484-554-8626 or the church office at 610-262-8933.
A flapjack fundraiser will take place 8-10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 5, at Applebee's, 1510 Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.
The event will support Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church's youth group, who will send 100 percent of the profits toward the sponsorship of a child through World Vision.
Event tickets will be available at the door.
A raffle will take place during the breakfast. First place winner will receive a $25 Applebee's gift card. Second prize is a $25 Wawa gift card and third prize is a basket of fair trade goodies.
The Northampton Area Historical Society will hold a fall garage sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Siegfried Railroad Station on 21st Street.
Donations from the public are needed for the sale. Items can be dropped off at the station 6-8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3 and 4.
For more information, call 610-262-4748.
The St. John's Friendly Fifties group will meet 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in the church's social hall, 1343 Newport Ave.
Singer Sam Pantoni will entertain.
Becky Short, a Pennsylvania master gardener since 2009, will share information about colonial herbs at the next meeting of the Catasauqua Garden Club.
It is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua.
Remember to have your artistic and horticultural entries in place by 12:45 p.m.
Garden friendly visitors are always welcome.
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, will hold a chicken dinner and theater night 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
Mark your calendar for a tricky tray event at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Saturday, Sept. 28.
Doors open at 11 a.m. and drawings begin downstairs in the parish hall at 5 p.m. Tickets to bid on great prizes will be for sale at the door.
Contact the church office at 610-865-3603 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave your name and number and someone will return your call.
The public is invited to shop for the holidays or just for fun. Baked goods, food and beverages will also be for sale.
The Northampton Area Food Bank is in urgent need of the following foods: fruit, fruit juice, applesauce, canned meats (Spam, chicken, stew, etc.), tuna, peanut butter, soup, pancake mix and syrup, and macaroni and cheese.
The food bank, 1601 Canal St., is open every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-noon, for drop-offs. If you'd like to donate but that time isn't convenient, call 610-262-8030 to set up another time.
Some in the borough may remember the days when there were five gas stations on Chestnut Street, all packed in between Seventh and Ruch streets.
Four of the stations were located on the north side of Chestnut Street. The other was located on the south side.
Attendants pumped gas, checked engine oil and washed windshields. Gas at the time was selling between 22 cents and a quarter per gallon.
Two of the stations, including Blose at the northeast corner at Ninth and Chestnut streets, were located in the area years before any of the others.