Northampton Press

Friday, February 22, 2019

Allen/East Allen townships: St. Peter’s serving soup, salad

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 8142 Valley View Road, Seemsville, will hold an all-you-can-eat soup and salad dinner 4-7 p.m. Feb. 28. The meal includes rolls and dessert.

There is a cost.

For tickets, call Sheila at 610-457-6368. Walk-ins are also welcome.


Registration is open to all youth ages 5 to 17 for the Bath Allen Youth Club spring 2019 baseball season.

To register, visit Online registration will continue until March 1.

For cost and other information, email or call Eric Miller at 484-358-5703.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Oh, the lessons we’ve learned

The story goes that one man challenged a second man to write a children’s book using only 50 different words.

The first man was Bennett Cerf, founder of the Random House publishing company. The second man was Theodor Geisel, author, political cartoonist and animator.

The outcome of the bet: $50 in Geisel’s pocket and a little book titled “Green Eggs and Ham.”

The challenge was a win-win really. Random House, in 1960, published the work, which has sold more than 8 million copies.

Michael “ Bubba” Wade Drayer

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Michael “Bubba” Wade Drayer, 34, of Catasauqua and formerly of Hershey, died Feb. 13, 2019.

He was the son of Roger and Roberta Drayer and was a stepson of Tara Drayer.

He graduated from Catasauqua High School.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Jesse and his wife Carrie; and two sisters, Melissa and Megan.

Contributions may be made in his name to New Bethany Ministries, 333 W. Fourth St., Bethlehem, 18015.

Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc, Catasauqua.

Catasauqua: Community lunch planned for Feb. 23

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., will be offering a free community lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 23.


Holy Trinity is hosting a concert by Moravian College’s concert choir 3 p.m. Feb. 24.

There is no charge for this musical program, but a freewill offering will be accepted.


The Legionnaires of the Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second St., will be having an all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 24.

There will be scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, French toast, SOS, juice, coffee and tea.

Coplay: A look back on Second Street

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The Coplay 150th anniversary committee meets 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to continue finalizing plans for the celebrations. The fun begins with a banquet scheduled for April 6 at the American Club of Coplay pavilion.

All this talk about the anniversary has brought about more interest in the borough’s history. Here is a flashback to when Second Street was the focus of commercial, social and recreational activities.

Dorothy M. Smith

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former WCSD cafeteria worker

Dorothy “Dot” M. (Ritter) Smith, 96, of Fullerton, died Feb. 6, 2019, at Fellowship Manor. She was the wife of the late Douglas H. Smith.

Born in Fullerton, she was a daughter of the late John P. and Mary R. (Snyder) Ritter.

She was a 1939 Whitehall High School graduate.

She worked in the cafeterias of Whitehall-Coplay School District for many years until she retired.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.

William H. Young

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Schnecksville

William H. Young, 82, of Schnecksville, died Feb. 14, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Kisthardt) Young for 44 years.

Born in Laurys Station, he was the son of the late Harry W. and Mary E. (Seidel) Young.

He was a payroll specialist for the Bethlehem Steel Company for 28 years, retiring in 1993.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David W. of Round Rock, Texas, and Richard W. LaBarre of Slatington; and two grandchildren, Patricia and Ricky.

Dale R. Baker

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former principal of Whitehall High School

Dale R. Baker, 87, of North Whitehall Township, died Feb. 15, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Margaret A. (Regec) Baker for 64 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Robert O. and Edith (Dieter) Baker.

He was a 1949 Catasauqua High School graduate. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University, attended Albright College and Michigan University for his principal’s certification and earned a Master of Education degree from Temple University.

Thomas O. Kern

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Coplay Saengerbund member

Thomas O. Kern, 63, of Catasauqua, died Feb. 8, 2019. He was the husband of Anne-Marie “Annie” (Schwentner) Kern for 40 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late William J. and Agnes (Hofelich) Kern.

He graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1973 and Bloomsburg State College in 1977.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 26 years and had been the manager of payroll and employee benefits for the Diocese of Allentown since 2005.