In this fourth column, I am speaking to Mr. Mike Bednar, railroad buff, on his family's life experiences in Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township. His grandparents immigrated to Darktown in 1900 and worked for the Thomas Iron Company. The family of 10 assimilated into the history and culture of their new country.
Open space is a hot button topic when it comes to farmland preservation and urban sprawl.
In Coplay, there is a wide spread belief the borough has little open space left and that the community is built up to the hilt. However, the town is greener than some might think.
A 4-acre plus tract on land previously owned by the Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company is currently on the market. It is located on the northern fringe of the borough, off Chestnut Street between the Whitehall Township border and the Ironton Rail-Trail. Some speculate the land will be developed in the future.
The Quota Club of Northampton is holding its annual oldies dance on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Northampton Memorial Community Center, 16th Street and Laubach Avenue.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and a dinner buffet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Beverages are included. Deejay Jimmy K will play oldies from 7 to 11 p.m.
Proceeds of this event will go to help a local family with a child fighting cancer.
For tickets, call Nikol at 610-440-2171 or see Dale at Miller Supply Ace Hardware.
Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company, 2718 Blue Mountain Drive, Moore Township, will hold an indoor flea market Sunday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The kitchen will be open and raw, homemade filling will be available.
For more information, call 484-860-0951.
Although the Bath 275th Anniversary celebration of the borough is complete, the memories live on.
The committee has purchased and installed a souvenir cabinet at the Bath Borough building. The cabinet will be publicly dedicated, recognizing and memorializing the momentous anniversary.
The Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., will be holding its all-you-can-eat monthly breakfast Sunday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.-noon.
Served will be cream chipped beef, scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, American (formerly French) toast, juice, coffee and tea.
Don't feel like cooking? Come on down! Call 610-266-7170 for more information.
Paying heed to Punxsutawny Phil, the Catasauqua Garden Club has scheduled its spring luncheon for Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Plan to attend the winter program this month sponsored by the Lehigh Township Historical Society. It takes place Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., at Hope Lutheran Church, in Cherryville.
Speaker Dave Schneck will present a program and talk about the years he played baseball with the New York Mets. You will learn what his life was like as a professional baseball player.
Following the program will be a time for questions, and light refreshments will be served.
Sign-ups for spring sports are under way at the East Allen Township Municipal Building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Boys and girls ages 5 to 12 (must turn 12 after May 1) are eligible to play T-ball, baseball, softball and soccer.
Registration is being held Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961 or 484-239-2090.
Don't forget the Gov. Wolf Historical Society's antique show set for March 2 and 3 at its campus at 6600 Jacksonville Road.
Hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Moore Elementary School's sixth-grade class will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and basket raffle Saturday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
The dinner will be held at the Klecknersville Rangers Fire Hall, located at 2718 Mountain View Drive. Advance tickets are not required.
The Sixth-Grade Events Committee is accepting donations for the basket raffle from now until before the dinner. For more information, contact Deb Gantz or Kim Hartzell.
Proceeds will be used for the sixth-grade class trip.
The annual spring basket social at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville, will be held Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Winners are notified by phone Sunday afternoon.
The kitchen will be open and nut rolls and baked goods will be available for purchase.
The event is held in the social hall of the church, 4412 Mountain View Drive (Route 946), Walnutport.
For more information, call 610-767-3107 or 610-767-9892.
The Chestnut Street Diner has shut down.
The sudden closing was a surprise to many of its patrons. The restaurant, located next to the post office, was a favorite for many because of its breakfasts.
Years ago, the structure served as a car wash, and then later was converted into an eatery. Some may recall Ralph Medina, who had experience in the region with running diners. He operated the restaurant, after which it became known as Chris's.