I would like to dedicate this two-column series to the memory of the Lehigh Valley garment workers, including my mother and mother-in-law, who toiled in the industry for many years.
Do you remember when our communities were home to numerous garment factories providing jobs for thousands of employees? The dedicated workers manufactured high-quality shirts, dresses, blouses and slacks. They worked long hours for meager wages.
Allen Township Fire Company will host a kids' Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 22.
Children age 8 and under will have a chance to get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The elves will hand out gifts and candy as well.
You must register your child. Call 610-837-6696 for party time and other information.
The Allen Township and East Allen Township municipal offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Mark your calendars for the 10:15 a.m. worship service at Bath United Church of Christ Dec. 23. The senior choir cantata will perform "Behold the Star," a Christmas Journey to the Light of Christ by Lloyd Larson.
Christ Church will also be holding a holiday movie night Dec. 16, showing "Olive and the Other Reindeer," and on Dec. 23 with "Holiday Inn." The doors open at 6 p.m. and the movies start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is a donation to the Bath Area Food Bank.
The Simcoe Gallery will host an exhibit of two Northampton folk art carvers from the early- and mid-1900s. Both carvers had the same type of employment and the same love of "whittlin."
Stop by the gallery, 1925 Main St., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to see this unique display.
The Gospel Chapel Missions Committee has partnered with Lehigh Valley Business Group, a nonprofit organization, for "Project Keep Warm." The goal for this project is to collect 500 new or gently used blankets by the end of 2012.
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, will host a "Polar Express" movie night on Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.
The movie begins at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Bring your sleeping bag, pillows and wear your pajamas so you can feel right at home watching the movie.
Admission is free.
There will be lots of treats and homemade hot chocolate available for purchase and, of course, chocolate chip cookies as well.
For more information, call 610-264-3221.
Having a real evergreen tree is the centerpiece of Christmas for many families. The real tree has regained its prominence from a couple of decades ago when artificial trees grew in popularity in homes throughout Coplay.
A barometer in gauging whether real trees are indeed back can be found with borough crews who pick up the discarded trees after the holidays.
The crews have noted they have collected more Christmas trees the past several years. It will be interesting what they report after the 2012 Christmas holidays.
The Kreidersville Covered Bridge Association will host its annual Christmas tree lighting Saturday, Dec. 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the gazebo.
In the event of bad weather, it will be held Dec. 9.
Celebrate the season with cookies and hot chocolate – and a visit from Santa!
Allen Township will hold its Operation Santa on Dec. 16-17.
Fire company volunteers will escort Santa to your house via fire truck to deliver one gift (that parents provide) per child to your front door.
Bethany Wesleyan Church is collecting coats for hurricane relief.
Through Sunday, Dec. 9, they are collecting new and/or gently used winter coats for youth, adults and children and winter hats and gloves.
These items may be dropped off at the church and will be distributed to families in the New York area.
For more information, call 610-767-1239.
Plan to visit the Lehigh Township Historical Centre in December.
On Dec. 9, there will be a holiday open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at the historical centre, Indian Trail Park, Pennsville.
The Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company has invited Santa Claus to tour Moore Township and Chapman Borough.
Santa will travel on a fire truck delivering presents and visiting with children Dec. 22. If you would like to have Santa come to your home and deliver a present to your children, drop the present off along with a donation for the fire company at the fire house located on Route 946 in Klecknersville.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by ED PANY, Curator Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in ColumnsStephen Hayden, Keystone Cement Co., Bath
Mr. Stephen J. Hayden was reared in Allentown and graduated from the Swain School in 1974. With a sense of humor he recalls, "Our graduating class consisted of six students so I had no difficulty making the top 10."
Influenced by his father who was a civil engineer, Steve continued his education at Keystone College and Clarkson College in New York.
Starting employment at the Keystone Cement Company in 1978, he was determined to learn about the various aspects of the plant's operation. His first position was as a crane operator.