In this fourth column, I am speaking to Mr. Mike Bednar, railroad buff, on his family's life experiences in Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township. His grandparents immigrated to Darktown in 1900 and worked for the Thomas Iron Company. The family of 10 assimilated into the history and culture of their new country.
Open space is a hot button topic when it comes to farmland preservation and urban sprawl.
In Coplay, there is a wide spread belief the borough has little open space left and that the community is built up to the hilt. However, the town is greener than some might think.
A 4-acre plus tract on land previously owned by the Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company is currently on the market. It is located on the northern fringe of the borough, off Chestnut Street between the Whitehall Township border and the Ironton Rail-Trail. Some speculate the land will be developed in the future.
The Quota Club of Northampton is holding its annual oldies dance on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Northampton Memorial Community Center, 16th Street and Laubach Avenue.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and a dinner buffet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Beverages are included. Deejay Jimmy K will play oldies from 7 to 11 p.m.
Proceeds of this event will go to help a local family with a child fighting cancer.
For tickets, call Nikol at 610-440-2171 or see Dale at Miller Supply Ace Hardware.
The Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., will be holding its all-you-can-eat monthly breakfast Sunday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.-noon.
Served will be cream chipped beef, scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, American (formerly French) toast, juice, coffee and tea.
Don't feel like cooking? Come on down! Call 610-266-7170 for more information.
Paying heed to Punxsutawny Phil, the Catasauqua Garden Club has scheduled its spring luncheon for Wednesday, Feb. 27.
St. Andrew's Young at Heart will be hosting a casino bus trip to Hollywood Casino near Hershey on Friday, Feb. 22. The bus will leave at 10 a.m. For availability and cost, call Bill Molchany at 610-264-0920.
The regular monthly Young at Heart meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the St. Andrews Catholic Church social hall at 1 p.m. From the parking lot in the rear of the church, enter through the side door. I hear they always have a fun time.
Dues are being collected at this time to bring membership up to date. New members are always welcome.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. Formed in 1913, the center was formerly the Northampton County SPCA. The center is a private nonprofit organization, not affiliated with any other SPCA or ASPCA, committed to saving lives and providing a safe and healthy environment for animals. It sponsors a foster program, has increased adoptions and offers a low-cost spay/neuter program.
The Chestnut Street Diner has shut down.
The sudden closing was a surprise to many of its patrons. The restaurant, located next to the post office, was a favorite for many because of its breakfasts.
Years ago, the structure served as a car wash, and then later was converted into an eatery. Some may recall Ralph Medina, who had experience in the region with running diners. He operated the restaurant, after which it became known as Chris's.
The Women's Club of Catasauqua will meet Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Salem United Church of Christ, Third and Walnut streets.
This is a change from the usual meeting site at the Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church. The program will involve 100% Cotton presenting popular show tunes. It will be full of fun, friendship and food.
For more information, contact President Yvonne Retzler at 610-264-4924.
The Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St., will serve a brunch on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and is non-smoking.
The Alliance Fire Company, 717 Washington Ave., will hold a pork and sauerkraut dinner Saturday, Feb. 16, 4-7 p.m.
A basket social is also planned for Saturday, 3-8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 17, noon-2 p.m. The drawing will take place Sunday at 2 p.m.
For more information, call 610-262-2123.
The Quota Club of Northampton is holding its annual oldies dance Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Northampton Memorial Community Center, 16th Street and Laubach Avenue.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and a dinner buffet will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Stephen Decker was born in Baltimore, Md., and spent his youth in historic Frederick, Md. The family moved to Allentown in 1963 where his father was a supervisor for Cook Coffee.
Stephen graduated from William Allen High School in 1969 and pursued a very interesting career. First stop was employment with S&H Green Stamps (remember them?) in their premium warehouse for $60 a week.