Coplay Community Days begins 5-10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Aug. 23, with pay-one-price rides 5-10 p.m.
It continues tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 23, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 25, 2-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 26, noon-10 p.m.
The event will include entertainment, food and activities. Rides will be offered through Saturday but not on Sunday.
Coplay Community Days began in 1981 as a way to bring visitors to the Saylor Cement Museum and kilns and to pay tribute to retired Coplay Cement Manufacturing workers. It originated as a two-day event, expanding last year to four days.
While the crowds at Canal Park have not been as large as before, Northampton Borough Council was informed littering and the use of alcoholic beverages continue to be an issue.
At the Aug. 16 meeting of council, Canal Road resident Michael Kuzio submitted a number of pictures which he said demonstrate that problems at the site are ongoing. He said the photos were taken Aug. 13, just after the weekend. Kuzio said a picnic bench was moved from the lawn to near the river.
"Eliminate picnics," Kuzio offered as a solution to the issue.
Memories were stroked and friendships forged and renewed as the Northampton Liederkranz celebrated the club's centennial.
During the event, mugs of the golden brew were hoisted high as "Ein Prosit" rang out by many looking forward to the club's bright future for decades to come.
Building on the foundation which began in October 1911, officers and board members demonstrated the club's roots continue to be cemented with the Burgenland state in Austria and villages such as Stegersbach.
The proposed new Northampton Area Middle School took a step forward Aug. 8 when the Northampton Borough Planning Commission granted preliminary approval for the project.
No major issues came up as the plans for the middle school were reviewed. Many of the conditions for construction have been satisfied, such as storm water drainage, a retaining wall, road alignment, access, topography slopes and contours.
The Atlas Cement Memorial Museum is no longer the best kept secret in the Lehigh Valley.
Last week, a group of visitors came all the way from China to the Northampton museum, which celebrates the area's history of cement making. They found out about the museum via the Internet and decided they had to see it for themselves.
Allen Township residents going to the polls in November will decide if they are willing to pay more in earned income taxes to preserve farmland.
At a recent meeting of the Allen Township Board of Supervisors, the three members present voted to place a referendum on the ballot asking residents if they are willing designate a portion of their earned income taxes for farmland preservation.
A century has come and gone at the North-ampton Liederkranz.
To celebrate, on Aug. 18 the Liederkranz will host an evening of music, ethnic food and talk about what life was like in the villages of Burgenland, Austria, with which it has close ties.
The Joe Weber Orchestra will entertain the crowd with polka favorites. Rock and roll music, a deejay and ethnic food such as bratwurst will also be offered.
"We wanted to get it right in our planning," said club Secretary Matt Fodor.
The Borough of Northampton is hosting its first ever electronic recycling event.
It will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in front of the municipal building at Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane.
According to Borough Manager Gene Zarayko, any electronic item with a cord will be accepted. The public is invited to bring used laptops, computers, television sets and any other equipment they want to discard.
Zarayko added the event is "completely free."
Volunteers will be on hand to assist.
The Northampton Exchange Club is pursuing a $10,000 grant from a local nonprofit marketing company.
If approved, the money will be used to provide image makeover services.
The grant would show local organizations that the Exchange Club is interested in continuing to reach out to the community, individuals and worthy causes.
In other business at a recent meeting, the club decided to form a new committee called the orientation committee.
Robert Correll and John Mckenzie co-chair the committee and look for additional club members willing to serve.
The Borough of Northampton and its police officers have reached an agreement concerning a new contract covering wages and benefits for its 10-member uniformed police force.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko made the announcement at a recent borough council meeting.
The police officers have been working without a contract since Jan. 1, the day after the former three-year contract expired. Police are not permitted by state law to strike.