As we approach the Nov. 6 general election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and the Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials is Oct. 11.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
To the Editor:
The new regulations from the federal government for school lunch shouldn't surprise anyone.
But to say, "If you don't like the federal government regulations then pack your own lunch," was an ignorant statement by Northampton Area School Board member Jennifer Miller.
The school lunch subsidation program is to help parents of lower income households afford lunch. Children receive either free lunch or pay 40 cents for lunch rather than $1.75 if their parent's income levels fall below a certain point based on the size of their family.
Learn about the plant lore of Christmas from Rexine Krause at the next Catasauqua Garden Club meeting 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The Garden Club meets at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua. Items for judging should be in place by 12:45 p.m.
Santa won't be there but if you have been bad boys and girls, the Belsnickle just might be in attendance with a switch and a feather tree! All are welcome.
The Coplay Scholarship Fund Committee and Councilman Bill Leiner will sponsor the "Save The Coplay Public Library" 1/2 marathon, run walk or bike Oct. 6 at 9 a.m., starting at 41 N. Eighth St.
Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners; fastest biker and fastest walker.
For more information, contact Leiner at 610-751-2745 or billleinder@aol. com.
The Coplay Recreation Association is accepting registrations for the approaching Halloween parade.
The 2012 Catasauqua and North Catasauqua Halloween Parade is on the calendar to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Volunteers are needed in order to continue this community tradition.
The parade is not sponsored by either one of the two boroughs, and is subject to cancellation if enough volunteer help is not received to form a committee.
Call 610-264-1504 for information about volunteering.
The Northampton Area Historical Society will host a talk tonight, Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., at the Northampton Fire Department, 1 Lerchenmiller Drive.
Douglas Peters will speak on the trolleys of the Lehigh Valley.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 610-262-4748.
The historical society will also hold a garage sale Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Siegfried Railroad Station, West 21st Street.
Those interested in donating items are asked to bring them to the station Oct. 4 and 5, 6-8 p.m.
In this fourth column of a continuing series, I am speaking to Mr. Harold Smith well known local resident, historian and president of the Northampton Historical Society. Today Harold recalls his youth during the Depression era. Many of my older readers recall when home delivery of basic needs was a common practice in the area.
The St. Andrew's 2nd Annual Tricky Tray/ Basket Social is planned for Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be baskets to bid on, great gifts, food and baked goods. The church is at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Allentown. This church is located in Hanover Township, two blocks south of Catasauqua Road., on the border of Allentown and Bethlehem.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the drawing of winning tickets will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.
With autumn in the air, the black and gold football uniformed clad youngsters from Coplay are now represented on the Hokey Eagle teams, from flag football through the various weight teams.
As in past years, the Hokey teams have always had a good representation when it comes to its football program.
Football programs cost a large sum of money to operate, which is probably the reason why Fullerton and Hokey are the only two youth programs.