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Monday, December 31, 2018 by The Press in Columns

DEC. 31

• New Year’s Eve celebration, 3:30-7 p.m., at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.

• New Year’s Eve party, 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.), at Petersville Rod & Gun Club, 550 Club Road, Moore Township. Information and cost: Kathy or Rich at 610-746-4847

• New Year’s Eve party (featuring Banned from the Ranch), 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m., at Point Phillips Rod & Gun Club, 1035 Smith Gap Road, Moore Township. Information and cost: 610-837-0310

JAN. 2

North Catasauqua: Enjoy the holiday lights self-tour

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The 2018 North Catasauqua small Town USA Holiday Lights self-tour runs through the end of the holiday season. Tour participants can view the winning homes as well as the many other decorated homes. A copy of the tour is available on the front porch of North Catasauqua Borough Hall, 1066 Fourth St., or by visiting


There are still sponsorships available for the streetside snowflake ornaments.

Catasauqua: Thrift shop holds half-price sale

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua Community Thrift Ship, 113 Bridge St., will be having a half-price sale on everything in the shop Jan. 2-12, 2019.

Normal business hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Donations of used, clean clothing are gratefully accepted during store hours.

Proceeds from the shop are returned to the community through contributions that support youth and adult programs and services.


Coplay: Saengerbund plans early holiday party

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Coplay Saengerbund is hosting an early New Year’s Eve celebration — 3:30-7 p.m. — at the club, 205 S. Fifth St.

The ballroom is expected to be packed with couples enjoying a late-afternoon gathering and listening to polka music by the Emil Schanta Band.


Elsewhere in the borough, restaurants will be crowded with diners enjoying chefs’ holiday specials. Others will celebrate at home.

New Year’s Day is observed in many homes with a pork and sauerkraut dinner, a custom that invokes good luck for the year.


Northampton: Borough office closed for holiday

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Municipal Building will be closed Jan. 1, 2019, in observance of New Year’s Day.


St. John’s Friendly Fifties will meet 1 p.m. Jan. 14, 2019, in the church’s social hall, 1434 Newport Ave.

If Northampton schools are delayed or closed due to snow, the meeting will be Jan. 21, 2019.


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Happy New Year!

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.