To illustrate the toll that cancer takes and how the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life can help, I have asked my friend, Gene, to tell me about being a caregiver for his dad, who passed away battling lung cancer. This is Gene's story:
I'm writing this article on what would have been my father's 72nd birthday. This was my very first experience – up close and personal – with cancer and it has forever changed me on a very fundamental level.
Taverns played a major role in the lives of Coplay residents going as far back as the late 1800s and early 1920s.
Hotels and bars thrived from the 1940s through 1970s. Some taverns have taken on a different use, while others have altered their businesses to cater to a dining experience for patrons.
In this second column, I'm down in Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, speaking to Mike Bednar on the roots of the hamlet. His grandfather immigrated to Darktown and was employed by the Thomas Iron Company in Hokendauqua in the year 1900.
A vital artery supplying the plant with limestone, coal and ore was the Ironton Railroad. Many of my readers enjoy walking the popular Ironton Rail-Trail in the township. The trail is the former bed of Ironton Railroad.
The Catasauqua American Legion, Post 215, 330 Second St., Catasauqua, will be holding an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon.
On the menu is creamed chip beef on toast, scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, American (formerly French) toast, juice, coffee and tea.
For more information, call 610-266-7170.
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The Northampton Area Food Bank will hold a Vera Bradley bingo Sunday, Feb. 3, in the gym of Good Shepherd Catholic School, 1300 Newport Ave.
Doors open at noon. The games begin at 2 p.m.
A Chinese auction and a 50/50 cash drawing will also be held. Refreshments will be available.
Contact Barbara Budnik at 610-262-6156 for tickets or information.
The snow date is Feb. 10.
Assumption BVM Church, East 22nd Street, will host a breakfast Sunday, Jan. 27, 8 a.m.-noon, in the social hall.
The Northampton Liederkranz, 402 E. Ninth St., will host a breakfast Sunday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m.-noon.
There is a cost.
The Friends of the Northampton Area Public Library will be running a chartered bus trip to the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show on Friday, March 8.
The bus will depart at 8 a.m. from the Northampton Recreation Center, 1 Lerchenmiller Drive, and will arrive back at approximately 6 p.m.
The cost of a ticket includes transportation and admission to the flower show.
The Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St., will serve brunch Sunday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and is nonsmoking.
It will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet with omelets made to order. Buffet food to be served includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, toast, home fries, French toast, cream chipped beef (SOS), crepes and various breakfast pastries, along with coffee, tea and orange juice.
Reservations are not necessary but highly suggested.
Call 610-264-1771 for pricing and more information.
Coplay Lions Club's popular Super Bowl breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Feb.3, at the Coplay Saengerbund, Fifth Street and Schreiber Avenue.
The all-you-can-eat event, which brings throngs of families, serves as a principal fundraiser for the club. The club also holds fundraising events for programs for the visually impaired and is otherwise active in the community. Most recently club members refurbished the baseball dugouts for the Coplay American Legion baseball program at Sammy Balliet Stadium.
St Andrews Young at Heart is a group of senior citizens who meet at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, located at the corner of Third and Eugene streets.
The group's annual meeting will be held Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. in the basement social hall. Parking is on a lot in back of the church. Enter through the side door off the parking lot.
Young at Heart dues for 2013 can be paid at this January meeting. Also, plans are in the making for new and interesting things happening at this meeting. New members are always welcome.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
· Al-Anon Family Support Group meeting – 7-9 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, corner of Tilghman and Cedar Crest, Allentown. For adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families. Information: 610-395-3781.
· Zumba classes – 7-8 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall. Information: Tara at 610-440-2344.