A reader called to say something is missing in town, and has been for years – the backyard garden.
The woman said yards, manicured with mowed grass and landscaping, have never looked better throughout the community. But, while some have tomato plants, few have full-blown vegetable gardens.
She remembers when families' laundry hung on the outside clothes line and people grew vegetables rather than flowers.
During World War II, Coplay Cement permitted townspeople to have gardens strung across its property, which is now Saylor Field.
The Quota Club will be holding a community yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Canal Park to raise funds for its community service projects.
The rain date is June 9.
Spaces are still available, so call 610-440-2171 to reserve your spot.
The Northampton Area Historical Society's yard sale, also set for June 8, will be held at Siegfried Station. The Northampton Area Food Bank's yard sale will also be held that day at the Northampton Fire Department. Those two events are scheduled rain or shine.
In this concluding column, I end my long and interesting visit to Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, where I have been speaking to Mr. Michael Bednar who has life long roots in the unique hamlet.
A well known railroad authority, Mike spent his early years attending the Hokendauqua Elementary School. He fondly recalls his school years.
The 20th Annual Coplay Children's Bike Derby will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 1.
The event, set to take place in the Coplay Parkway, is sponsored by the Coplay Police Department, the Coplay Athletic Club and the Coplay Town Watch.
This free event will feature prizes refreshments and giveaways.
Coplay is displaying its patriotism with American flags flying on utility poles on Second and Chestnut streets.
The borough was able to purchase the flags thanks to residents and their donations to the Restore the Flags Committee.
The June Catasauqua Garden Club meeting will continue to cover floral arranging with Linda Kortz.
The "hat trick" meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua.
Displays for judging must be in place by 12:45 p.m. Garden friendly visitors are welcome.
The Catasauqua Library, 302 Bridge St., will hold a spring book sale and flea market 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 31, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 1.
It will include items for everyone
The annual Paw Prints on the Canal will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Canal Park.
It will be held rain or shine.
The event is sponsored by the borough and benefits the Northampton Police Department's K-9 force.
St. John's Friendly Fifties will meet 1 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the church's social hall, 1343 Newport Ave.
Donna Parsons, a Reba McIntyre impersonator, will entertain.
The Northampton Area Public Library and the Friends of NAPL will be holding the annual Family Fun Day 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 1.
The Northampton Area Public Library and the Friends of NAPL will be holding the annual Family Fun Day on 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 1.
There will be goody bags for the children, sand art, Rita's Italian Ice, balloon animals and more.
This year the borough of North Catasauqua will celebrate the 100th birthday of the former North Catasauqua Elementary School, now North Catasauqua Borough Hall. The borough betterment committee is looking for old pictures, report cards, pictures of the building inside or out, and any other artifacts or mementos of the school, to be displayed during an open house.
Pictures can be scanned at borough hall and returned immediately.
Any contributions to the display may be delivered to borough hall during regular weekday business hours, or call 610-264-1504 for more information.
It's only a month away.
Mark your calendars for June 22. The 10th annual American Cancer Society's Whitehall Relay for Life will take place at the Whitehall High School football stadium.
The event is free and open to everyone, even those not touched personally by cancer. This expects to be a relay like none ever seen before. We hope to see both residents and businesses alike from our market area, which includes Catasauqua, Northampton and the Whitehall-Coplay school districts.
St. Lawrence School will hold a reunion as part of the Sports Hall of Fame Picnic scheduled for noon-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Hokendauqua American Legion, 3154 N. Front St.
There is a cost. Children under 12 are free.
The price includes all beverages, four hot foods and salads served 1-5 p.m. and games and tournaments.
Deejays Statik and Glo Stx will be holding dance contests with prizes. Participants can enter the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame Idol Singing Contest for an additional fee.