Northampton Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

Growing Green: Go native

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

As an individual, one might think, “What can I do to help our environment?”

There are many things to consider.

Always plant native plants and pollinator plants. Choosing plants native to the Lehigh Valley can improve gardening success since many of these plants have adapted to the region. Many native plants attract beneficial insects which help control pests, so you are creating a habitat for “good bugs.”

‘Valley Vivaldi’ closing season with concert at Wesley Church

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The fourth and final 2019 summer “Valley Vivaldi” concert is 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St. (Route 512), Bethlehem.

The program is: Vivaldi, “Concerto for Strings in E minor,” RV 134; Tartini, “Violin Concerto in G minor,” Op. 1, D 85; Albinoni, “Trumpet Concerto in B Flat,” Op. 7, No. 3; Telemann, “Concerto à 4 for Recorder, Violin, Oboe and Continuo,” and J. S. Bach, “Concerto in D minor for Two Violins,” BWV 1043.

Language classes

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College offers language classes this fall in its noncredit division at the main Schnecksville campus unless noted otherwise.

“EZ Deitsch I,” Sept. 12 - Nov. 7: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Pennsylvania Dutch language and culture.

“Irish (Gaelic),” Sept. 4 - Dec. 11: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Sentence structure, grammar, foundation vocabulary, commonly-used verbs, fluency and vocabulary to speak, read and write.

“Italian I,” Aug. 21 - Oct. 23: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Vocabulary for working knowledge.

Roger F. Cocivera

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Penn Linen and Uniform worker

Roger F. Cocivera, 87, died Aug. 6, 2019. He was the partner of Linda Widner.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Anna (Dopsovic) Morgan and Roger F. Cocivera Sr.

He worked at Penn Linen and Uniform and at TRSA.

In addition to his companion, he is survived by Christopher Widner of Mertztown; former spouse, Bonnie Cocivera of Whitehall; a daughter, Shelly and her husband Philip Robinson of New Jersey; a son, Todd and his wife Judy of Whitehall; and two grandsons, Chris and Jeremy.

Catasauqua: Big Wahu Caribbean Band plays Aug. 16

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The Big Wahu Caribbean Band will play 7-10 p.m. Aug. 16 at the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.

As always, bring those lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.


Revolution Church will be holding a back-to-school bash 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 on the grounds of the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets.

Kids will be treated to games, hot dogs, chips, snow cones and school supplies. There will also be a bouncy house, dunk tank and basketball toss.

Coplay police

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

AUG. 5

A report of a disorderly group in the 1000 block of Barbara Drive brought police to the scene.

Officers responded to a disturbance at Coplay Parkway.

The department investigated a suspicious vehicle in the unit block of South Front Street.

Assistance was offered to North Catasauqua police during a reported domestic assault in the 800 block of Chapel Street.

A complaint of a building owner doing 4 a.m. repair work brought police to the unit block of South Fourth Street.

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June E. Houseknecht

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Fellowship Community

June E. Houseknecht, 87, formerly of Emmaus, died Aug. 2, 2019, at Fellowship Community, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Theodore M. “Ted” Houseknecht.

Born in Barnesville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Thomas E. and Bertha M. (Oden) Cole.

She was a registered nurse in Frederick, Md., and later worked as a registered nurse at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown.

She was a member of Fellowship Community Church, Whitehall.