Siegfried Railroad Station, the home of Northampton Area Historical Society, will begin its monthly open house May 21. The station will be open 1-4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month through October.
The station, located on 21st Street, is a museum housing artifacts of Northampton and the surrounding area.
More restoration, funded by the Northampton County hotel tax, has been done at the station. The public is invited to see the work that was done.
In this eighth column, I continue to recall the days when the Allentown State Hospital Farm graced 800 acres in East Allen Township.
One of the former employees was the late Mr. Harold Yohn, of Walnut Street in Weaversville. Harold was a close friend of this writer. His daughters, Nancy Eberts of East Allen Township, and Edith, were fine students over at Northampton High School.
Catasauqua Lions Club is having a bingo May 21 at Jednota Slovak Social Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua. Doors open noon. Tickets include bingo and lunch.
There are very few tickets left. Call Joe at 610-264-4130.
All the proceeds will be used for eyeglasses for the needy, a senior dinner at Christmastime, shopping for children, a bingo at Catasauqua Towers, youth leadership camp and more.
Catasauqua Seniors Plus will meet May 24 at Jednota Slovak Center. Doors open noon, and the meeting begins 1 p.m.
• Miller-Keystone blood drive, 4-7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua. Appointments: Judy at 610-767-5061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road
• Good Vibrations Chorus choral concert, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Free. Information: 610-437-3700
The following meetings are planned in the borough.
Coplay Lions Club, 7:15 p.m. May 16, at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.
Coplay Senior Citizens, 1 p.m. May 17, at Commitment to Family & Community, 165 Cherry St.
Coplay Town Watch, 7 p.m. May 17, in borough hall chambers, 98 S. Fourth St.
American Legion Post 426 Home Association, 7 p.m. May 17, at the post home, 134 S. Second St.
American Legion Post 426, 7:30 p.m. May 17, at the post home, 134 S. Second St.
On May 13, the annual Catasauqua Garden Club’s plant sale is back! It will be held at the Public Library of Catasauqua, 302 Bridge St. The sale starts 9 a.m. and may last until noon, if plants are still available.
In addition to an interesting array of plants, Penn State soil test kits also will be available.
Proceeds from the sale help the program efforts for a scholarship for a Catasauqua High School senior and the library.
New friends and old friends are invited to stop by!
Registration for the 2017 summer reading program is underway. Parents, please hurry on down to the library to sign up your children aged 4 through grade 12 for a series of free programs we promise will delight one and all.
Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave., will hold an adult craft night 6 p.m. May 16. This night will focus on upcycled crafts; all supplies are provided. Sign up soon, as space is limited.
The spring book sale at the library will take place May 17, 18 and 20. Children, teen and adult books, DVDs and CDs will all be on sale. A bag sale is set for May 20.
• St. John’s Friendly Fifties meeting, 1 p.m., in the social hall of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 1343 Newport Ave., Northampton
• Lehigh Elementary School spring chorus concert, 7 p.m., at the school, 800 Blue Mountain Drive, Walnutport
• Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association food bank open, 8:30-10 a.m., in the basement of Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets
• Moms in Prayer meeting, 9:45-11 a.m., at Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church, 3300 Seventh St., Hokendauqua. Information: momsinprayer.org or Fawn at 610-262-0519
In today’s column, Mr. John McDevitt, former assistant manager of the Allentown State Hospital Farm in Weaversville, recalls its sad closing: