Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Taking a look at the Ironton Railroad

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Today, I am over in Hokendauqua with my friend Mike Bednar, a Darktown resident and noted railroad historian. We are looking at what remains of the Thomas Iron Company and Ironton Railroad.

Both companies were very important to the residents, providing employment and company homes. Thomas even provided electricity for Hokendauqua homes — but forgot Darktown.


Monday, December 24, 2018 by The Press in Columns

DEC. 24

• Christmas Eve services, 4 p.m. (special children’s worship) and 7:30 p.m. (traditional candlelight service), at Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St.

• Christmas Eve services, 6 p.m. (family service) and 9 p.m. (sacred worship and Holy Communion service), at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., Fullerton

• Christmas Eve service, 6:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St.

Coplay: Model railroad displayed

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The public is invited to view the holiday model railroad display, built by Explorer Scouts of Model Railroad Explorer Post 101, on display in room 201 at Coplay Borough Hall, 98 S. Fourth St.

The display is available for viewing noon-4 p.m. Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 30 and Jan. 5 and 6, 2019, or 6-9 p.m. Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 2019.

For more information, contact Richard Lobach at 610-965-2598 or Michael Busch at 610-440-1875.


Borough hall will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday.

Public Library of Catasauqua: Peace on Earth and goodwill to all during this holiday season

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Columns

During this very special time of year, the three great faith traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa follow one another and fill our days. Among the many faith-based messages of the holiday season, peace is a common theme.

One of the greatest is found in the Gospel of Luke — “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

I’d like to pass along some contemporary messages of peace:

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, “Peace is our gift to each other.”

Catasauqua: Thrift shop holds holiday sale

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., will have a 50-percent-off sale on all Christmas items through Dec. 22.

Donations of used, clean clothing are gratefully accepted during store operation hours, which are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Proceeds from the shop are returned to the community through contributions that support youth and adult programs and services.


Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St., will be having its holiday services Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.


Monday, December 17, 2018 by The Press in Columns

DEC. 17

• Christmas items sale (50 percent off), during regular business hours, at Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St. The sale will continue until Dec. 22.

• Veterans outreach program (organized by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at McNeill’s office, 1080 Schadt Ave., Whitehall. A representative from the American Legion will continue to be in McNeill’s office on the third Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Information and to schedule an appointment: 610-266-1273

Riding through the cement district

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by CURATOR, ATLAS CEMENT COMPANY MEMORIAL MUSEUM in Columns

Today, we are continuing our rail journey through our cement district. Mike Bednar and Ken Bealer, authors of “Trackside Around the Pennsylvania Cement District,” are our conductors.

The first stop is the Penn Dixie in Bath and Nazareth. The Penn Dixie was organized in 1926 with the merger of Pennsylvania and Penn Allen cement companies. The new plants were named Plant Nos. 4, 5 and 6. The company closed in 1979, with some buildings presently used by Lehigh Heidelberg Cement.

Northampton: Head to Roxy for holiday fun

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Roxy Theatre will hold a holiday mixer and movie night Dec. 13 at the Roxy, 2004 Main St.

The mixer is 6-7 p.m., followed by the film “Holiday Inn” 7:30 p.m. Admission is a nonperishable food item, to be donated to Northampton Area Food Bank.


Northampton Fire Department will hold its Santa Run Dec. 15. Gifts may be dropped off 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at the fire department, 4 Lerchenmiller Drive.


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