Catasauqua Press

Friday, October 20, 2017


Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Columns

SEPT. 11

• Whitehall Woman’s Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua

SEPT. 12

• Cub Scout Pack 40 sign-up night, 6:45 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1335 Old Carriage Road, Kreidersville. Information: Cubmaster Brian Dungan at or visit

• Fullerton American Legion ladies auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., at the post home, Fullerton Avenue and Wood Street

SEPT. 13

North Catasauqua: Committee seeks contestants for Oct. 8 halupkie contest

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Do you like to eat? Do you like stuffed cabbage?

Then you should consider entering the halupki-eating contest at the 11th annual Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest & Car Show Oct. 8. The contest begins 3:30 p.m. at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St. The contest is open to the general public, 18 years of age or older. The winner takes home $100 cash!

Sign up now. Entry forms are available at North Catasauqua Borough Hall, or you may have one mailed to you by emailing

Coplay Cement Company supported the war effort

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Recently, Larry Oberly and this writer visited Essroc, now Lehigh Hanson, in Nazareth, to look at some old records of the Coplay Cement Company. Coplay constructed the plant, which became Essroc on 1978.

We found a treasure of historic photographs. The photos in today’s column were taken in 1944.

During World War II, the cement companies in our area continued operation, but their machine shops took on extra responsibilities. The War Production Board directed the companies to utilize their shops to manufacture equipment to support the war.

Catasauqua: Salem United Church of Christ will host community lunch

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by The Press in Columns

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9, Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., will be having a free community lunch. Hot dogs, snacks and desserts will be served.

Come join in for fellowship and food!


Bingo will resume at St. Mary’s Parish Center, Second and Union streets, starting 1 p.m. Sept. 10. The kitchen will be open 11:30 a.m. to all for sit-in or take-out meals.

After a long, hot summer, come out, and don’t forget to bring a friend for a fun afternoon.

The event is sponsored by Assembled Men of St. Mary’s.

Coplay: Picnic planned at American Club Sept. 9

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by The Press in Columns

On Sept. 9, American Club of Coplay will hold one of the largest picnics in town, a family-orientated affair, at the pavilion at its grounds off Cherry Street and Stone Alley.

Attended by hundreds, the picnic, which includes a modest fee, features live bands, events for children and a huge variety of food. Enjoy everything from halupkies to hot dogs.

Also on Sept. 9, the club will celebrate its 81st anniversary.


Northampton: Street fair is set for Saturday

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Street Fair will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9 in the uptown area of Main Street.

Live music, displays and plenty of food and refreshments are planned.

Tours of the Roxy Theater will be given 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Other highlights include:

10-11:30 a.m. — Jordan White

11 a.m.-noon — Wildlands Conservancy animals

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Henry Laurito strolling on Main Street

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — IronPigs’ FeRROUS

Noon-2 p.m. — Hydraulic Lime

1:45-2:15 p.m. — Demos from Elite Martial Arts and 3D Dance Studio


Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Columns


• Deadline to order mums from Northampton Area Historical Society. Pick up is 8-11 a.m. Sept. 30 at the station, 21st Street. Information, cost and to order: 610-767-8420

• Moorestown Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, Moore Township. Information: 610-759-1652


• Catasauqua Garden Club meeting, 1 p.m., at Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua

Catasauqua library: Summer reading 2017: Lessons in making the world a better place

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The summer reading 2017 “Build A Better World” program introduced young patrons to the idea that even a child can make the world a better place and have fun doing so.

Starting with the help of members of the Catasauqua Garden Club, summer readers potted up a flower to take home, making their world a little more beautiful.

Children learned about the moon in relation to our world, learning about what’s beyond.

Brightly decorated birdhouses celebrated our feathered friends.

Another view

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Saying goodbye to the job I love

Sixteen years is a long time. I don’t think I’ve realized just how long until I started cleaning out my office desk. It’s been 16 years and about nine months since I first came to work for East Penn Publishing, now called The Press weekly newspapers.

In a short time, I will step into a life of retirement — a season of my life that I hope will also last a long time. In anticipation of that final day in the office, I’ve been cleaning out my desk, one file at a time, and have come across a lot of memories.

Northampton: Historical society’s mum sale underway

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Area Historical Society is having its annual mum sale. Color choices are white, yellow, burgundy, purple and orange.

The deadline for ordering mums is Sept. 5. Call 610-767-8420.

The flowers will be available for pickup at the station, on 21st Street, 8-11 a.m. Sept. 30, during the society’s fall garage sale.

For more information, call 610-262-8198.