Catasauqua Press

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Remembering: The peonage law brings big changes to state hospital farm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by CURATOR, ATLAS CEMENT COMPANY MEMORIAL MUSEUM in Columns

Today, I am continuing to look back over 25 years ago, when the Allentown State Hospital operated an 800-acre farm in East Allen Township. Mr. John McDevitt, the former assistant manager, is sharing information from an article he wrote years ago.

The farm started in 1919 to supply food and milk to a number of state institutions. It also provided therapy for a number of patients. But slowly, change brought an end to the farm operation — beginning with the Institutional Peonage Abolishment Act.


Monday, March 20, 2017 by The Press in Columns


• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339


• Family storytime, 10 a.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. This program features stories, rhymes, music and movement to help develop a love of reading.

• Play K program, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. This program involves playing and learning designed for children preparing for kindergarten.

Northampton: Grace UCC to hold crabcake dinners

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., will hold Lenten crabcake dinners 5-7 p.m. March 17, 24 and 31. Chicken finger dinners also are available.

There is a cost.

Take-outs can be purchased.

For more information, call 610-262-7186.


Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock has proclaimed March 17 as Community Champions Day in the borough, recognizing the national Meals on Wheels initiative where public officials participate in delivering meals to seniors.

Reenock will participate in the event, called March for Meals.

Catasauqua: Catty Club to hold March 19 breakfast

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Columns

On March 19, the Catty Club, 226 Pine St., will be holding its all-you-can-eat breakfast brunch 9 a.m.-noon. Eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, crepes, toast, French toast, potatoes, soup, fruit cup and drinks will be served.

Eggs Benedict and omelets, made to order, also are on the menu.

You can check out the club’s website at for other happenings.


The membership team of George Taylor House will hold a meeting 6 p.m. March 21 at Villa Grande Restaurant, 7 Lehigh St.

Public Library of Catasauqua: Catty library offers travel inspiration

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Columns

In anticipation of spring’s fair days, the library has recently added a resource for those of you who like to “get away from it all” for a day’s outing, a weekend mini-vacation or more. A Gateways Inc. kiosk that displays dozens of free promotional brochures on travel destinations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey , New York and New England is now a permanent library fixture. It’s a cornucopia of getaway possibilities!


Monday, March 13, 2017 by The Press in Columns


• St. John’s Friendly Fifties meeting, 1 p.m., in the church’s social hall, 1343 Newport Ave., Northampton.

• Woman’s Club of Whitehall Township meeting, 6 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua


• Hoagie sale, at American Club of Coplay, 300 Cherry St. The sale continues March 15.

North Catasauqua: Fire dept. to host cash bingo

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The North Catasauqua Fire Department will host a cash bingo and lunch 1:30 p.m. March 12 at the Slovak Center, Fifth and Grove streets. Lunch and 15 games are included in the ticket price. There also will be an auction raffle, drinks and 50/50 at an additional cost. Doors open 12:30 p.m.

Reserve your tickets by calling 610-554-4308. If any are still available, they may be purchased at the door.


Catasauqua: Lenten fish dinner planned

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by The Press in Columns

St. Mary’s Church, 122 Union St., will hold its Lenten fish dinner 4-7 p.m. tomorrow, March 10, in the parish center. The menu includes fried breaded Icelandic haddock; vegetables; cole slaw; choice of baked potato, cabbage and noodles or macaroni and cheese; rolls with butter; beverages; and dessert.

Take-out meals are available as well.

Email or call 610-264-0332 for more information and cost.