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.
The Central Catholic boys football team defeated Selinsgrove High School Nov. 30 in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs with a score of 41-13.
Led by senior captains Anthony Beck, Andrew Englebert, Colin McDermott and Anthony Lynch, the team hopes to continue its success in the upcoming semifinal game against Archbishop Wood High School.
The game will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bethlehem School District's stadium.
The Central Catholic booster club membership application is now available on the school's website, acchs.info.
In 1926, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, held its first candlelight concert. Over the years, no matter how bad the weather was, the tradition has continued.
This year, on Sunday, Dec. 9, St. Paul's will host its 86th concert.
Salem United Church of Christ will be singing with the St. Paul's choir again this year. Special guests will include Elizabeth Knecht and the City of Bethlehem Bagpiping Band led by James Ruhf.
Santa Claus will be on a sleigh, accompanied by Mrs. Claus, Sunday when Coplay Sports Inc. holds its annual Christmas parade.
Several clowns will be part of the caravan, along with a borough fire engine. The parade will wind its way through every street in the borough. Fox Hollow in North Coplay is on the itinerary.
The parade starts out at South Front Street and travels street by street until reaching Echo Manor and Parkway West several hours later. Holiday music will draw children outside, where they will be given small bags of treats.
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. All blankets will be donated to various homeless shelters, family centers and animal shelters throughout the Lehigh Valley and Pocono areas.
Blankets can be dropped off Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or before/after the 10:30 service on Sunday.
The Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company Country Garden will hold an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet on Friday, Dec. 7, from 4 -8 p.m.
The dinner will include soup, salad bar, rolls, side dishes, entrees and desserts. All proceeds benefit the fire company.
Cherryville Senior Center, located at Hope Lutheran Church, Route 248, Cherryville, did not have the December activity schedule available at press time.
For additional information on the center, call Edith Knauss at 610-767-2977.
Gifts are now being accepted at the Bath Fire Department for their third annual Santa Run. Gifts can be dropped off on Monday nights between 6:30 and 9 p.m. The deadline is Dec. 16. Please limit gift delivery to two gifts per child.
The fire department is requesting a small donation per home. On the gift include the child's name, address, age and a contact number. Expect to see Santa on Dec. 16 in Bath. The event is for Bath residents only.
Call the fire department at 610-837-6400 with any questions.
The Governor Wolf Historical Society will hold its 32nd annual Christmas house tour of historic homes and landmarks Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A patrons' tour will be held Friday evening, Nov. 30. The society's campus, 6600 Jacksonville Road, will again be open for the tour with crafters in all three buildings, a fresh wreath and swag sale, hearth cooking demonstration and tastings, complimentary refreshments and more.
In this concluding column, I am continuing to speak to Mr. Harold Smith, president of the Northampton Historical Society, historian of Zion Stone Church, who spent a half century in the food industry.
Harold started his career at the famous Miller's Department Store in Northampton in 1943 and as time passed he saw a number of flagship businesses disappear.
His second stop was at Mohr's Fruit Stand in Fogelsville. The stand opened seven days a week when we were the home to numerous orchards.
The Catasauqua Garden Club will celebrate the holidays and another successful year during its Wednesday, Dec. 5 meeting.
Note this meeting begins at noon at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua. There will be no artistic or horticultural competition. Bring with you $4 to be used toward the cost of the meal, six cookies to share, your own silverware and a donation for Meals on Wheels.
This is a time to relax, enjoy a great meal, review a successful year, share some awards and celebrate the holidays. Come prepared to have fun!