I believe Catasauquans enjoyed a very busy holiday season this year and, as we start the New Year, I have nothing to report this week.
So, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and to thank you for all the news, events and happenings that have helped make my column so successful and enjoyable.
It has been my pleasure to meet new folks and talk to the many again and again as I so enjoy working with you all.
Coplay's public works personnel are poised to maintain their reputation as one of the best in keeping the borough's streets and alleys safe and open to vehicular traffic when snow or ice covers the macadam surfaces.
The crew, headed by Public Works Supervisor Dan Pavelko, has received thanks over the past winters for doing a good job of clearing the streets so motorists can travel to and from their destination, whether it is to work, to visit family or shop at the market.
The Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company Country Garden will hold an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet Friday, Jan. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The dinner will include soup, salad bar, rolls, side dishes, entrees and desserts. All proceeds benefit the fire company.
Beginning Jan. 2 at Bethany Wesleyan Church, Wednesday evening activities will include the following:
Soup and salad, 5-6:15 p.m.
Kingdom Kids (third-fifth grade), Ignite Group (sixth-12th grade) and adult classes including grief share and divorce care support groups, 6:30-8 p.m.
In my last column, I remembered a tragic event in American history, the Triangle Waist Company fire, a disaster that claimed the lives of 148 garment workers on March 25, 1911, in New York City. I wrote the column as a result of a conversation with a lady I met whose late aunt had survived the horrific tragedy.
Happy New Year!
The Allen Township and East Allen Township municipal offices will be closed Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year's holiday.
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Unlike Whitehall Township, Northampton, Catasauqua and Allen Township which have state and/or federal highways slicing through them, Coplay has no such ribbons of macadam or concrete.
The thoroughfare closest to resembling a state highway is Chestnut Street, linking Whitehall to Northampton, and Second Street, to a lesser extent.
At one time the borough had six gas stations on Chestnut Street. At that time there were plans to have the road become a part of the proposed Cement Belt Expressway. The plans, unfortunately, did not materialize,
Klecknersville Rangers Vol. Fire Co., 2718 Mountain View Drive in nearby Moore Township, will hold an indoor flea market Sunday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The kitchen will be open. For more information, call 484-860-0951.
Petersville Rod and Gun Club, 550 Club Road, Moore Township, holds weekly bingo games every Thursday night.
The doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m.
Come on out for a fun filled evening. The more who play, the more it pays.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church's women's group, the Morning Glories, will be holding a calico ham and bean soup sale.
The deadline for your quart orders is Friday, Jan. 11.
You may want to order more than one quart as this soup freezes well.
Pickup for orders will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the church, located at Fourth and Pine streets.
To place your order, call Rena at 610-264-0340.
Happy New Year!
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 Gospel Chapel is located at 2022 Main St.
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.
Allen Township Fire Company will host a kids' Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 22.
The event is for children age 8 and under. They 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.