Northampton Press

Saturday, September 23, 2017

State hospital farm colony taught service

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

My friend and fellow historian Mr. Larry Oberly of Allen Township also has fond memories of the Allentown State Hospital farm in Weaversville. In today’s column, Larry turns back the clock and revisits the farm colony in this concluding column. He recalls:

Growing up in the environs of Howertown and Weaversville might lead one to be told that he led a sheltered life in the 1950s and ’60s. It may have been true, but it was certainly not isolation from the world outside. Our schools and churches that occupied so much of our time saw to the expansion of our horizons in many ways.


Monday, June 26, 2017 by The Press in Columns


• Scrabble night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351

• Cement Belt Fair, 6-11 p.m., at Cementon Park, 5185 Dewey St. The fair continues through July 1.

• Aqua Zumba, 6:30 p.m., at Parkway Pool, 2 Keefer St., Coplay


• Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon, at Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St. VBS started June 26 and will continue until June 30. Information and registration: Gloria Fetter at 484-221-9931

Allen/East Allen townships: Zion Stone plans festival, car show

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Zion Stone United Church of Christ, 51 Church Road, Kreidersville, will hold a peach festival and car show noon-8 p.m. July 15. The rain date is July 16.

The festival will feature food, games, a basket social, cake walk and raffle. Live entertainment includes Nick of Time, noon-3 p.m., and Midnight Special, 5-8 p.m.

The car show will feature antique tractors and engines. Show time is 1-5 p.m.

For registration information, call 610-826-7853.


Catasauqua: Historic association to host walking tour

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association will hold a historic walking tour of industrial Front Street 4-6 p.m. June 24. The group will meet at Tony’s Top Cat, 607 Front St.

After the tour, there will be a taco meal at Tony’s. The cost includes your meal.

Cash or a check, made payable to HCPA, or credit payment via Square will be available.

Call Deb at 610-231-0603 for cost, reservations and other information.


Lehigh Township: Bethany to hold VBS

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Bethany Wesleyan Church will have Vacation Bible School July 24-28 for ages 3 through grade 6.

For more information, call 610-767-1239 or visit


Is your church or organization having a fundraiser or event in Lehigh Township you want to let the community know about? Send me the information at, and I will be happy to announce it in a future column.

Bath: Bath Lions Club officers installed

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Bath Lions Club officers, who will serve in the 2017-18 Lions year, were installed recently by Past District Governor Linwood Gehris, of Alburtis. They are as follows: Jack Metcalf, president; Kyle Grube, first vice president; Rev. Jay R. Wetzel, second vice president; Jim Spengler, third vice president; Daniel G. Spengler, secretary; William B. Falstich, treasurer and LCIF coordinator; James Spengler, tail twister; and Charles Billings, lion tamer.

Congrats, gentlemen!


Fighting for life with the help of medicine, family, friends

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

It was difficult keeping such a rare cancer diagnosis from my sister and her family and my close friends; however, by doing so, I was able to ignore the disease and accept each day as it came.

I now look back and realize how careless and irrational my decision was to try to conceal such a disease. Concealing the disease ate away at my conscience and, ultimately, my physical body.

Editor’s View

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Politicians need to call an extended Christmas Truce to their rancor

Snoopy’s Christmas

“Christmas bells, those Christmas bells

Ring out from the land

Asking peace of all the world

And good will to man ...

“The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights

He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight

Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know...

“The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine

And forced him to land behind the enemy lines

Snoopy was certain that this was the end

When the Baron cried out, ‘Merry Christmas, my friend!’ ...

“The Baron then offered a holiday toast

Coplay: Scoreboard dedication is Saturday

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

A large crowd is expected noon Saturday at Sammy Balliet Stadium for the dedication of the impressive state-of-the-art digital scoreboard in the outfield. Local dignitaries, sports figures and others, including an IronPigs mascot, will participate.

The stadium grounds has the enviable reputation as one of the finest diamonds in the region, where Curt Simmons of Egypt and Phillies fame honed his pitching skills.

Northampton: Atlas museum is open June 24

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will be open 1-3 p.m. June 24. It is located next to borough hall, 1401 Laubach Ave.

The museum will be open the second and fourth Sunday through September.


Holy Trinity Nursery School, 1235 Main St., has a limited number of spaces available for the 2017-18 school year.

The 2-year-old playgroup class meets 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 12 children. Children do not need to be toilet trained for this class.