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Coplay column

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Chestnut Street Diner closes

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.

Catasauqua column

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by LIZ HAHN Special to The Press in Columns

Women's club to meet Feb. 21

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.

Northampton column

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT Special to The Press in Columns

Alliance fire to host pork and sauerkraut dinner

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.

Cement Worker of the Month

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by ED PANY, Curator Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

Stephen Decker, Buzzi Unicem, Stockertown

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.

Catasauqua column

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by LIZ HAHN Special to The Press in Columns

Catty Thrift Shop holding sale

The Catasauqua Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., will have a one-half price sale on all adult clothing, shoes and accessories Feb. 11-16.

The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the shop are returned to the Catasauqua community through contributions to youth and adult programs and services. Stop by for some great bargains!


Bingo will be held at St. Mary's Parish Center, Second and Union streets, Sunday, Feb. 10, starting at 1 p.m.

Remembering column

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by ED PANY, Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

Church is an important part of Darktown history

In this continuing series, I am in Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, speaking to Mr. Michael Bednar whose grandfather migrated to the hamlet in 1900 to work for the Thomas Iron Company in Hokendauqua. The company was founded by the Thomas family, skilled iron makers who brought the art of iron making to Catasauqua and Hokendauqua. The company donated funds for a school and church.

"During the early years, a number of arrivals from Wales resided in a large company-owned tavern in Darktown," Mike says. "Many were members of the First Presbyterian Church."

Coplay column

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Coplay, UGI respond well to gas issue

Municipalities, counties, states and the federal government at intervals conduct scheduled or unannounced drills to test and prepare emergency services in the event a real disaster or emergency occurs.

For the small borough of Coplay, a gas malfunction that occurred two weeks ago was not a drill. A problem at a regulator station left homes in the town without heat Jan. 23-24, one of the coldest days of the winter.

Northampton column

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT Special to The Press in Columns

Pool League to host benefit Feb. 23

The L & N Pool League will be holding its annual benefit tournament at noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the American Legion Post 353, 1469 Dewey Ave.

This charity fundraiser is for Lisa Slough-Smothers, a single mother of three who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

A Chinese auction will be held 1-5 p.m. You need not be present to win.

Other highlights of the day include a bake sale, raffles and refreshments.

For information on donating to the event or participating in the pool tournament, call Jen at 484-597-1484.


Hanover Column

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by The Press in Columns

Traditional pancake supper to observe Shrove Tuesday

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is hosting a traditional pancake supper in the parish hall on Shrove Tuesday, (a.k.a. Mardi Gras Day, Fat Tuesday and Faschnacht Day) Feb. 12. The supper will be served 5-7 p.m.

The public is invited to enjoy homemade pancakes, sausage, applesauce and a beverage.

The proceeds will benefit the church's ministries to the homeless and the hungry, including the Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Program and the Pennsylvania Avenue Interfaith Food Pantry.

Northampton column

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT Special to The Press in Columns

Food bank to hold Vera Bradley bingo

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.


Queenship of Mary Church will hold its annual Sweetheart Breakfast and MSC Sisters bake sale on Sunday, Feb. 10, 8-11:30 a.m., in the parish hall.