Why read, you ask?
If you are already a reader, what I’m about to say will be “preaching to the choir.” And, if you are reading this article, chances are you enjoy reading. Please share what I am about to tell you with everyone you know because reading can transform lives. And, if your kids ask you why reading is important, you’ll know exactly what to say.
Here are some of the reasons reading is important:
1. Reading develops your imagination. When you read, you paint pictures in your mind.
Mr. Roark Grammes was born in Hudson, N.Y. His father, Donald, was a chemist with Lone Star Cement. Roark moved with his family when his father was transferred to Greencastle, Ind.; Trumbull, Conn.; Roanoke, Va.; Shawnee, Kan., where he graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1980; and finally to Allentown in 1981.
After graduating from Lehigh County Community College, he followed in his father’s footsteps and was hired as a lab technician at Lone Star in Nazareth, the landmark company that later became Essroc.
Northampton Exchange Club will hold a spring craft and vendor fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 18 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
The event will include more than 70 crafters and direct sales vendors. A tricky tray raffle will also be held.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms will have merchandise giveaways.
Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., will hold a Lenten crab cake dinner 5-7 p.m. March 16.
• Friendly Fifties meeting, 1 p.m., in the social hall of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 1343 Newport Ave., Northampton
• Woman’s Club of Whitehall Township meeting, 6 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua
• Game night (for ladies), 7 p.m., at Emmanuel’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township. Information: church office at 610-837-1741
St. John’s Lutheran Church’s Lenten midweek series, 2018 Soup, Bread and Discussion, will be held 6 p.m. March 7, 14 and 21 at the church, 18 S. Third St.
Call Karen Haines at 610-697-1130 or Joan Wright at 610-262-7551 if you would like to provide soup or bread one night.
Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative is planning a cash bingo March 11.
Doors open 1 p.m., and calling begins 2 p.m., at Commitment to Family & Community, 165 Cherry St.
There will be cash drawings as well as food and baked goods for sale. Specials may be purchased for extra games.
In this fifth column, I am speaking to Governor Hans Niessel of Burgenland, Austria, and a delegation of officials in the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum. We are discussing Burgenland heritage in the Lehigh Valley.
In my last column, we continued to look at the American experience of Mr. Frank Wolfer, who came to America in 1922. At age 14, he was hired by the Atlas Portland Cement Company in the cooper shop at 26-1/2 cents an hour.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 122 Union St., will hold a Lenten fish dinner 4:30-7 p.m. March 9 in the parish center.
The menu will include fried and breaded Icelandic haddock, vegetables, homemade coleslaw, stewed tomatoes, roll, dessert and beverage. Also included is a choice of baked potato, macaroni and cheese or haluski. Takeout is also available.
Tickets will be sold at the door.
Call 610-264-0332 or email email@example.com with any questions or for price.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, is holding bingo 2 p.m. March 11.
Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, 1204 Main St., will host karaoke with Crazy K 10 p.m.-1 a.m. March 9 and 23.
There will be a polka night, featuring button box music, 7-10:30 p.m. March 16.
DJ PK will hold a karaoke night 10 p.m.-1 a.m. March 30.
Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., will hold Lenten crab cake dinners 5-7 p.m. March 9 and 16. The meal also includes a baked potato, coleslaw, roll and butter, dessert and a beverage.
Chicken finger dinners will also be available for adults and children. Takeouts are available.
• Preschool storytime, 10:30 a.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. The event will continue Tuesdays until April 24. There will be no storytime April 10. Information and registration (required): 610-432-4339
• Creation Station Club (for kids of all ages), 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the community room of Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
The fifth annual Coplay American Club tribute dinner and show featuring Elvis and Johnny Cash will be held March 3 at the club pavilion, 300 Cherry St.
Doors open 5:15 p.m., a hot buffet will be served 6:15 p.m., and the show begins 7 p.m.
If you need tickets, call 610-261-2884.
Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association will meet 6:30 p.m. in council chambers March 7 to finalize plans for its annual Easter egg hunt.
For more information, call 610-261-0566.