Recently my friend Lee Marsh gave me a 1944 survey of mineral resources in Pennsylvania. The study was compiled by F. M. Swain, assistant professor of mineral resources at The Pennsylvania State College School of Mineral Industries. In 1944, Pennsylvania was a leader in the production of Portland Cement when numerous plants dotted Northampton and Lehigh counties. The industry employed thousands and was an economic force.
Do my old readers recall when Northampton and Lehigh counties were home to 18 cement plants?
The George Taylor House committee will hold its next meeting 7 p.m. July 18 at the pavilion, Lehigh and Poplar streets. Part of the discussion will include the Aug. 6 event.
All are welcome!
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 21, the summer concert series in the park will feature classic rock/jam music by New Construction, sponsored by Brubaker Funeral Home, Catasauqua, at the Ampitheater, 501 American St.
The series is sponsored by Witt’s Tree Service and Brosky Insurance.
The Kiwanis Club of Allentown Northeast meets noon Wednesdays, except the last Wednesday of each month, when they meet at 5:15 p.m., at Denny’s Restaurant, Catasauqua Road, Hanover Township.
If you are interested in learning about the service projects this organization does for children, visitors are always welcome to attend the meetings.
Contact Cathy at 610-776-8270 for further information.
The library’s summer reading programs are all about giving our children a variety of educational and recreational experiences that will inspire and encourage them to become lifelong learners.
It should come as no surprise that reading is the foundation of that process.
According to the National Institute of Health, when children love to read, they are more likely to love to learn.
Bethany Church, 429 Walnut St., will be holding Vacation Bible School 6-9 p.m. July 21, 9 a.m.-noon July 22 and 9 a.m.-noon July 23. Children ages 3 through fifth grade are welcome.
Preregistration is requested but not required.
If you have any questions or would like to register your child, contact Alicia Malley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Catasauqua summer concert schedule is now in full swing. Concerts are held every Friday night, 7-10 p.m., at Catasauqua Park & Playground, 501 American St.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your own refreshments.
A postscript on the Coplay Legion Baseball dedication of its scoreboard recently: Present and active with the program and field for decades were Pepper Martin, Bill Polaha and others.
Mr. Rick Murphy was born in Long Island, N.Y., moving to Berks County when he was 13 years of age. He graduated from Reading High School and was hired by Quaker Maid Kitchens, making doors.
When the company closed, he started a cement career at Evansville, now Lehigh-Heidelberg Cement.
Rick recalled, “I started as a laborer in 1990, transferring to the pack house in 1993. I was trained to be a bulk loader by Dean Witman, a position I currently hold.”
Northampton’s Community Days Fair will be held July 12-15 at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.
The event is sponsored by the borough’s Exchange Club. Proceeds benefit the club’s community projects.
Northampton Area Food Bank is currently taking yearly and new registrations this month.
Approximately 900 people are currently being assisted by the food bank.
• Fourth of July celebration, 9 a.m.-noon, at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua. The event is held rain or shine.
• Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association “Froth of July, a Thirst for History” event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Biery House, 8 Race St. Free. Information: Deb at 610-231-0603
• Moorestown Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, Moore Township. Information: church office at 610-759-1652
Friends of Northampton Area Public Library will be running a bus trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, July 28. The cost includes admission to the museum, transportation and the driver’s tip.
Deadline to pay for your seat is July 6.
For cost and other information, call 610-262-7537.
The St. John’s Friendly Fifties group will hold its annual picnic, rain or shine, noon-5 p.m. July 10 at the 26th Street Playground.