In this continuing series, I'm in Darktown, a hamlet in Whitehall Township, speaking to Mike Bednar, well-known railroad authority. He is recalling when his father left the close-knit community to serve with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Joseph Bednar was 25 years old, married and eligible for a deferment, but he, as other Darktown boys, enlisted to serve the country. He left from the Egypt Elementary School in November 1943. Joseph was assigned to the 135th U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (The Seabees).
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Allentown, will be hosting a dinner of homemade meatloaf, potatoes and green beans on Wednesday, April 24. Come to the church social hall between 5 and 7 p.m. Assorted desserts are also being served.
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The annual Arbor Day celebration will take place at the Catasauqua Park in the main pavilion at 10 a.m. April 27.
Trees and arborvitaes will be dedicated.
The event is open to the public.
For more information, call Bob Bastian at 610-266-428.
A reminder to property owners that permission and permits must be obtained from the Shade Tree Commission to remove, prune or plant trees in the planter strip along the streets and highways in the borough.
Violation of any part of the ordinance will result in a fine.
The Coplay Public Library on Saturday will hold a spring book sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Fifth and Center streets library. Hundreds of gently used books can be purchased at low prices.
DVD movies, VHS tapes, CDs, books on CDs, audio music and records will be available to the public.
The event brings in throngs of people to the library.
Although delayed a day due to rain, Coplay's annual spring street cleaning was a success.
The 50 residents who failed to abide by posted no parking notices found their vehicles ticketed.
The Northampton Area Food Bank will hold a general meeting Tuesday, April 30, in the fellowship hall of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, 1324 Newport Ave.
Dinner will be served 6-7 p.m. with the business meeting to follow.
The board encourages all volunteers, clients and anyone else interested in the food bank to attend this meeting and slide presentation. Area churches are asked to invite their congregants.
For more information, visit www.northamptonareafoodbank.org.
One of the most well attended events for children in Coplay – and certainly one of the shortest – will occur Saturday when the Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association hosts its annual community egg hunt.
The event, held on the grounds of St. Peter's Catholic Church between Coplay and Center streets, starts at 1 p.m. and lasts only a few minutes.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN) is looking for members.
ACS CAN is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate that supports legislation designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
ACS CAN gives a voice to those impacted by cancer by encouraging lawmakers at all levels to make cancer a priority. By raising issues of importance, raising funds, educating voters and rallying others to the fight against cancer, ACS CAN makes a difference and helps save lives.
Some of the recent accomplishments include:
The Quota Club of Northampton is running a bus trip fundraiser to New York City to see the Broadway musical "Newsies" on Saturday, May 4.
The bus will leave from Northampton at 8 a.m. for a 2 p.m. show.
Call Judy at 610-440-0517 for more information or to purchase tickets.
The Northampton Area Public Library will participate in Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child 2013, a collaborative project highlighting the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers.
The Catasauqua Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., will have a half-price sale Monday, April 1, to Saturday, April 13.
The sale includes everything in the store unless it is marked otherwise. The shop will close for housecleaning and changeover to spring and summer clothing the week of April 16.
If you are planning an outdoor summer gathering, Hanover Township (Lehigh County) has three parks where activities might be planned.
Hanover Township has three public parks, totaling about 10 acres.
Sherwood Park has a baseball field, volleyball court, two tennis courts two basketball courts, a tot's playground, and a pavilion.
It is located at the end of Sherwood Street.
Chestnut Grove Park is next to the township municipal building and the Chestnut Grove Town Garden Townhouse Development.