Folks seem to be focusing on shoveling snow this week, and not making many plans for venturing out except to go to work. A number of area muncipal meetings have been canceled or rescheduled.
The Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., will have a half-price sale on all adult clothing and shoes through Saturday, Jan. 31. Donations of good used clean clothing are gratefully accepted during store operation hours which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Northampton Area Food Bank will hold its annual Super Bowl Sunday Bingo 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Good Shepherd Catholic School gym, 1200 Newport Ave.
The event will feature Vera Bradley products.
The cost of a ticket includes 20 games.
Other highlights include special games, a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, a mystery envelope game and cash drawing.
Food will be available.
To sponsor the event or purchase tickets, call Barbara Budnik at 610-262-6156.
The inclement weather date is Feb. 8.
A Super Bowl tradition continues Sunday in the borough in conjunction with the NFL Super Bowl football championship game. Coplay Lions Club holds is annual Super Bowl All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the Coplay Saengerbund, 8 a.m.-noon.
The hall will be packed with families. This is one of the most well-attended functions yearly in town. Held as the Lions Club's major fundraiser for the year, children and grownups attend, sporting their favorite NFL gear.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Fourth and Pine streets, will present their second annual Sweets With Your Sweeties family date night Sunday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The menu includes turkey barbecue, hot dogs, chips, relish tray, beverages and dessert bar with the opportunity to decorate your own cupcakes. There will also be a Valentine craft, basket raffle and bingo games.
Proceeds benefit the Numan Orphanage in Ethiopia and Mrs. Nothstein's Helping Hands organization.
A family rate is available. The event requires purchase of tickets in advance.
Calvary Wesleyan Church is hosting Christian contemporary praise and rock music in a program for all ages Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m., at the church. A freewill offering will be taken during this Friday Nite Live at Calvary concert. The church is located at 1414 Pennsylvania Ave., off Catasauqua Road.
Featured will be two bands named Second Chances and the B-Additudes.
Contact Dawn Wegfahrt at 610-866-1388 for information.
The American Club and Coplay Saengerbund, both with a long-standing bond with the community, are known as social clubs. The two clubs have another niche in the borough, that of bowling. Bowling continues to be popular at the lanes of both clubs, although perhaps not as hyped these days as are other sports or recreational activities. League and open bowling is big at the clubs, whether it be men or women.
In this second column, I am speaking to Mr. Kevin Reichel, Northampton Funeral Home owner, about his family's roots in an area of Nazareth called Phoenix. Named after the Phoenix Portland Cement Company, it was the home to many ethnic cement workers. Joining in the interview were two Nazareth men with Phoenix connections, Mr. Dale Kocher and Ron Keppel.
They recalled that Wood Street was kind of a dividing line between Nazareth and Phoenix. Many years ago, they said, the police rarely came to Phoenix. They left the people settle their own issues.
Members of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church's Morning Glories group will be preparing and serving dinner to approx. 40 guests at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter, located at Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Dr., Bethlehem, Monday, Jan. 26. Eleven churches house the men and women, sometimes families, from Dec. 1 through March 31. Dinner, breakfast and a warm place to sleep are provided. The Morning Glories are very proud to be a part of this outreach program.
The North Catasauqua We Sing Community Chorus, in conjunction with the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee, is offering Cat's Meow replicas of the former St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church. Order forms are available at St. John Fisher Church, at the borough hall, or by calling 610-264-1225.
Cat's Meow Village items are wooden keepsakes created to represent special places and times in our lives. This item includes historical information on the church on the back side of the piece.
Mr. Tom Kemmerer was raised in Blandon and graduated from Fleetwood High School in 1988. His first job was as a mechanic at Kmart earning $6.50 hour. Tom's cement career started at Allentown Cement Co. now Lehigh-Heidelberg at Evansville in 1989 joining his uncles and cousin who were employed at the plant.