In today's fifth column, I'm shopping at Miller's landmark department store. The year is 1943. Mr. Harold Smith, current president of the Northampton Historical Society, is recalling his work days at the store.
The store had departments for groceries, clothing, shoes, sporting goods, hardware, home delivery and even a coal yard. The four-storied building was located at 2010-2012 Main St., Northampton.
Harold started at the store in 1943, while he was a student at Northampton High School. He became a full-time employee when he graduated from high school in 1945.
As we approach the Nov. 6 general election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and the Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials is Oct. 11.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
To the Editor:
The new regulations from the federal government for school lunch shouldn't surprise anyone.
But to say, "If you don't like the federal government regulations then pack your own lunch," was an ignorant statement by Northampton Area School Board member Jennifer Miller.
The school lunch subsidation program is to help parents of lower income households afford lunch. Children receive either free lunch or pay 40 cents for lunch rather than $1.75 if their parent's income levels fall below a certain point based on the size of their family.
Learn about the plant lore of Christmas from Rexine Krause at the next Catasauqua Garden Club meeting 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The Garden Club meets at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua. Items for judging should be in place by 12:45 p.m.
Santa won't be there but if you have been bad boys and girls, the Belsnickle just might be in attendance with a switch and a feather tree! All are welcome.
The Coplay Scholarship Fund Committee and Councilman Bill Leiner will sponsor the "Save The Coplay Public Library" 1/2 marathon, run walk or bike Oct. 6 at 9 a.m., starting at 41 N. Eighth St.
Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners; fastest biker and fastest walker.
For more information, contact Leiner at 610-751-2745 or billleinder@aol. com.
The Coplay Recreation Association is accepting registrations for the approaching Halloween parade.
The Klecknersville Rangers volunteer firefighters will hold their fall festival Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
It will feature barbecue chicken dinners, a Chinese auction, raffles, desserts and karaoke music.
Moore Township Athletic Association will hold basketball and wrestling sign-ups Oct. 2, 4 and 9 from 6-8 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-noon. Oct. 9 is for wrestling only.
The Northampton Area Historical Society will host a talk tonight, Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., at the Northampton Fire Department, 1 Lerchenmiller Drive.
Douglas Peters will speak on the trolleys of the Lehigh Valley.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 610-262-4748.
The historical society will also hold a garage sale Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Siegfried Railroad Station, West 21st Street.
Those interested in donating items are asked to bring them to the station Oct. 4 and 5, 6-8 p.m.
The Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company Country Garden will hold an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet Friday, Oct. 5, 4-8 p.m.
The dinner will include soup, salad bar, rolls, side dishes, entrees and desserts. All proceeds benefit the Fire Company.
All are invited to attend the 18th Annual Fall Walk-In Basket Social Oct. 12. The event will be held in Kuntz Hall at Hope Lutheran Church.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the drawing will begin at 7:30 p.m.
St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Seemsville, will hold a bingo for Vera Bradley purses and accessories this Saturday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., at the church, 8142 Valley View Road.
For information, call Sheila at 610-837-1533 or the church at 610-837-7426.
Zion Stone United Church of Christ, 51 Church Road, Kreidersville, will hold a spaghetti dinner Saturday, Oct. 13, 4-7 p.m. There is a cost.
Canned goods will be collected for the Northampton Area Food Bank.
For information, call 610-262-1133.