Catasauqua Press

Friday, August 18, 2017

Coplay: Cemetery association schedules July 2 meeting

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Coplay Cemetery Association has called for a meeting 10:30 a.m. July 2 in the social hall of St. John’s Lutheran Church, South Third Street. A spokesperson said the meeting is open to plot holders and the public.

The meeting, it was said, will discuss the cemetery association “going forward.”

The cemetery is located on Oak Street.


With the borough closed for the Fourth of July holiday, residents are reminded the pickup of refuse by sanitation personnel will be a day later than usual.


Catasauqua: Fourth of July celebration set

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The George Taylor House (GTH), Lehigh and Poplar streets, will have a celebration 9 a.m.-noon July 4, rain or shine. At 10 a.m., come and experience the interactive reading and re-enactment of the Declaration of Independence.

There will be music by The Antebellum Marine Band, 18th-century crafts and tours of the GTH.

Breakfast items will be available for purchase.


State hospital farm colony taught service

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

My friend and fellow historian Mr. Larry Oberly of Allen Township also has fond memories of the Allentown State Hospital farm in Weaversville. In today’s column, Larry turns back the clock and revisits the farm colony in this concluding column. He recalls:

Growing up in the environs of Howertown and Weaversville might lead one to be told that he led a sheltered life in the 1950s and ’60s. It may have been true, but it was certainly not isolation from the world outside. Our schools and churches that occupied so much of our time saw to the expansion of our horizons in many ways.


Monday, June 26, 2017 by The Press in Columns


• Scrabble night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351

• Cement Belt Fair, 6-11 p.m., at Cementon Park, 5185 Dewey St. The fair continues through July 1.

• Aqua Zumba, 6:30 p.m., at Parkway Pool, 2 Keefer St., Coplay


• Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon, at Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St. VBS started June 26 and will continue until June 30. Information and registration: Gloria Fetter at 484-221-9931

Catasauqua: Historic association to host walking tour

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association will hold a historic walking tour of industrial Front Street 4-6 p.m. June 24. The group will meet at Tony’s Top Cat, 607 Front St.

After the tour, there will be a taco meal at Tony’s. The cost includes your meal.

Cash or a check, made payable to HCPA, or credit payment via Square will be available.

Call Deb at 610-231-0603 for cost, reservations and other information.


Fighting for life with the help of medicine, family, friends

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

It was difficult keeping such a rare cancer diagnosis from my sister and her family and my close friends; however, by doing so, I was able to ignore the disease and accept each day as it came.

I now look back and realize how careless and irrational my decision was to try to conceal such a disease. Concealing the disease ate away at my conscience and, ultimately, my physical body.

Editor’s View

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Politicians need to call an extended Christmas Truce to their rancor

Snoopy’s Christmas

“Christmas bells, those Christmas bells

Ring out from the land

Asking peace of all the world

And good will to man ...

“The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights

He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight

Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know...

“The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine

And forced him to land behind the enemy lines

Snoopy was certain that this was the end

When the Baron cried out, ‘Merry Christmas, my friend!’ ...

“The Baron then offered a holiday toast

Coplay: Scoreboard dedication is Saturday

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

A large crowd is expected noon Saturday at Sammy Balliet Stadium for the dedication of the impressive state-of-the-art digital scoreboard in the outfield. Local dignitaries, sports figures and others, including an IronPigs mascot, will participate.

The stadium grounds has the enviable reputation as one of the finest diamonds in the region, where Curt Simmons of Egypt and Phillies fame honed his pitching skills.

Northampton: Atlas museum is open June 24

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will be open 1-3 p.m. June 24. It is located next to borough hall, 1401 Laubach Ave.

The museum will be open the second and fourth Sunday through September.


Holy Trinity Nursery School, 1235 Main St., has a limited number of spaces available for the 2017-18 school year.

The 2-year-old playgroup class meets 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 12 children. Children do not need to be toilet trained for this class.


Monday, June 19, 2017 by The Press in Columns


• East Allen Township summer camp (for ages 5 to 12), 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Bicentennial Park, 5351 West Park Lane. Camp will continue until Aug. 3. Information and cost: Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961, ext. 306; registration: municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday