In this continuing series, I am speaking to Mr. Harold Smith, well-known and highly respected president of the Northampton Historical Society and former employee of the landmark Miller's Department Store and Kotsch's Market in Fullerton.
Born in 1927 Harold, as most families in America, faced the Great Depression. I asked him to recall his youth.
If you wondered about the flurry of activity around Hanover's old municipal building Aug. 30, Hanover Township was holding a public auction billed as "selling to the walls." The sale was held following a move by municipal employees into the new township building, now nearly completed.
The township selected Houser Auctions to conduct the sell-off.
Houser is a family operation run by brothers Doug and Tim, who took over from their father. Their wives handle the administrative tasks and collect the money.
Should strict state regulations limit the noise coming from a Catasauqua tavern or should perhaps more forgiving police oversight of the decibels be approved? That is a question that borough council members are being asked to answer.
At the council's workshop session last Monday, the owners of Fossils, a tavern on Race Street, asked the council to consider a measure that would allow the borough to set noise standards rather than the state Liquor Control Board [LCB].
The Catasauqua School Board approved Kristin Popovice to serve as a Catasauqua High School long-term substitute during the board's Sept. 4 workshop meeting. She will teach earth science.
Popovice will replace Katrina Bullock who was approved at the board's Aug. 13 meeting. Since her appointment by the board, Bullock declined the CHS teaching position.
The earth science position became available after CHS teacher Daniel Wismer took a leave of absence.
The board also set Monday's board meeting agenda.
Catasauqua Borough Planning and Zoning Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Authority meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Area School Board meets at 7 p.m. in the administration office board room at 251 N. 14th Street.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Mr. Michael Detzi was reared in Wind Gap, graduating from Pius X High School in 1968 where he starred in football and basketball. He recalls, "Our school had a small-town atmosphere. My class consisted of 48 spirited graduates."
The young graduate continued his education at Steubenville College in Ohio. The draft called him to duty in 1971 with training at Fort Dix and Fort Jackson, S.C. He was assigned to the 193rd Infantry Brigade.
· "Take Better Pictures with Any Kind of Camera" presentation by nationally award winning photographer and editor of the Whitehall-Coplay Press Johanna S. Billings – 1 p.m., Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339.
· Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees monthly meeting – noon, St. Peters Luthern Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown. Information: Marie Nader at: 610-231-0237.
Be ready in the garden as Sue Drabic, a Pennsylvania master gardener, leads a group in an exciting game of Jeopardy during the meeting of the Catasaqua Garden Club. They meet 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St.
There will also be a double jeopardy if you don't bring your club project to the meeting.
Gardeners bringing gems for judging must have them in place by 12:45 p.m. Garden friendly guests are welcome to attend.
Last year's Coplay Community Days got caught in the rain as Hurricane Irene moved through the region. The weather was perfect for this year's event, however.
This year's Community Days is believed to be one of the most successful events of the program's 31-year existence.
The principal goal of the event is to provide the community a place to enjoy the end of summer before fall sets in. The event also acts as a fundraiser for the community organizations participating.
LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE
Whiffen receives degree
Maura E. Whiffen of Catasauqua received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Lebanon Valley College during the college's commencement ceremonies held May 12 on the college campus in Annville.
Among more than 430 to receive degrees from Lebanon Valley College, she is a graduate of Catasauqua High School.
LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE
Local residents enroll
Meghan E. Shafer of Bath and Alexis J. Russo of Catasauqua are enrolled at Lebanon Valley College.