The Coplay Cement Company had a long and prestigious history. Founded by David Saylor, it operated in the Borough of Coplay from 1866 to 1978. As the years passed, the plant’s equipment slowly became obsolete. The company had to make a serious decision: Should they modernize, should they construct a new plant or should they sell to a company that could resurrect the aging facility?
• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road
• Beading club meeting, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. The club will also meet 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25.
• Movie: “Captain Underpants,” 6 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road
• George Taylor House Committee meeting, 7 p.m., at the pavilion, Poplar and Lehigh streets
Interested in dining out this weekend? Two borough churches have dinners scheduled, and the public is invited. At St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., the congregational community dinner features shepherd’s pie, with creamed cabbage, applesauce, rolls and butter, and beverages from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16.
At St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 4 S. Fifth St., the menu includes Italian fare — spaghetti or baked ziti, with all the fixings — 4-7 p.m. Sept. 16.
Coplay Public Library has an open house at the Fifth Street location 3-6 p.m. Sept. 14.
The Siegfried Railroad Station, home of the Northampton Area Historical Society, will be open 1-4 p.m. Sept. 17. The station, located on 21st Street, is a museum housing artifacts of the Northampton area. This year, the borough’s first ward is being highlighted.
The historical society’s fall garage sale is planned for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 30.
Donations for the sale are accepted and can be dropped off at the station 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29 or 1-3 p.m. Sept. 29. Volunteers are also needed at these times to help set up for the sale.
From noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 16, the new Catasauqua Borough Municipal Building, 90 Bridge St., will be having its grand opening. The building will be open for tours. There will also be food and drinks for sale, entertainment and so much more for the community to enjoy. This event is not to be missed!
The George Taylor House committee will hold its next meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the pavilion.
• Whitehall Woman’s Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cubscoutpack40kreidersville.org
• Fullerton American Legion ladies auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., at the post home, Fullerton Avenue and Wood Street
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 NCataCentennial@aol.com.
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.
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.
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.