In this concluding column, Mr. Mike Bednar, noted local historian, recalls some of our railroad history. Mike worked on railroads for 41 years and, with the aid of his wife, Donna, wrote a number of books on railroad history and lore.
In the last column, we wrote about two famous Lehigh Valley Railroad trains — the Black Diamond and the John Wilkes.
Today, we board the Asa Packer, Maple Leaf and Central Railroad of New Jersey’s Philadelphia Flyer.
The Maple Leaf was a...
The Northampton AARP Chapter 3915 will meet Aug. 8 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Doors open 11 a.m.
Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.
If interested in any trips, please call Sharon at 610-261-9182
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1235 Main St., will hold a flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18.
Food will be available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit the church’s building fund.
National and local news reports over the last several weeks have focused on efforts by environmentalists to ban plastic straws, which endanger marine life once they make their way to the oceans and apparently live on forever in landfills.
McDonald’s began the movement, announcing June 4 that biodegradable paper straws would be used throughout the United Kingdom by 2019.
The company also said it would begin testing plastic straw alternatives in the United States later this year...
Don’t forget about the fun goings-on hosted by North Catasauqua Recreation Committee this summer.
Here’s what’s coming up at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St.
Come on out and enjoy this calendar of events:
• Aug. 1: Carnival-themed family night, 6:30 p.m.
• Aug. 14: Wiffle ball championship game, 7 p.m.
• Aug. 17: Caribbean Rhythms concert, 7-9 p.m.
• Sept. 7: Brian Dean Moore Band concert, 7-10 p.m.
• “Name That Tune” (for grades 6-12), 2 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. Information and registration: 610-262-7537
• Movie: “Mamma Mia!,” 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
• Vacation Bible School (for age 3 to sixth grade), 6-8 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua. VBS will continue until July 27, with a closing program July 29. Information: 610-435-...
The public is invited to join the D&L Trail Tenders for a July 21 cleanup gathering at the North Catasauqua trailhead.
Once a month, Trail Tenders from across the 165-mile path gather at a select portion of the trail to remove trash and brush. North Catasauqua’s trailhead was chosen for July’s cleanup.
The event is scheduled to take place 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to park behind the North Catasauqua Public Works Department, 1460 Main St., and to bring...
John Corello took the podium at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting July 9 to complain about maintenance on a property at 901 Bridge St. He may have inadvertently pointed out a weakness that opponents of the proposed ticketing ordinance were looking for.
Corello teamed up with his neighbor to report that the long-tenured owners of the Bridge Street property moved to a house they inherited and, after trying to sell, moved a family member into the 901 house. Since the change,...
After the excessive heat wave in the Lehigh Valley, I overheard some of my neighbors talking about taking their kids to a local water park.
Shortly after hearing that conversation, I received an alert from wedmd.com about an article titled “July Is Peak Time for Illness from Feces in Pools.”
The article, dated June 28 and written by E.J. Mundell, talked about the safety of recreational swimming in summer.
Summer is a time when many Americans spend their days swimming at...