Recently my friend Lee Marsh gave me a 1944 survey of mineral resources in Pennsylvania. The study was compiled by F. M. Swain, assistant professor of mineral resources at The Pennsylvania State College School of Mineral Industries. In 1944, Pennsylvania was a leader in the production of Portland Cement when numerous plants dotted Northampton and Lehigh counties. The industry employed thousands and was an economic force.
Do my old readers recall when Northampton and Lehigh counties were home to 18 cement plants?
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., will hold its annual summer Vacation Bible School this coming week, July 17-21. The VBS program, 6:30-8:30 p.m., will take place in the church social hall.
Open to all children in the community, preschool through eighth grade, the theme is “Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory is Won.”
VBS superintendent Gail Yudt said crafts, snacks and fun will be part of the religious experience.
Then on July 23, there will be a closing program and church service at the Coplay Parkway pavilion.
Northampton Area Public Library will hold a book sale July 19, 20 and 22 at the library, 1615 Laubach Ave., with a July 22 bag sale.
The library will host a program titled “Source Water Protection Starts at Home” 6:30 p.m. July 19. Master well owner Chris Jones will discuss well basics such as annual maintenance and water testing.
Munchkin Music will he held 11 a.m. July 24. Kids can enjoy music, movement and fun!
The wellness team of Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville, is hosting a Miller-Keystone community blood drive in Kuntz hall 7:30 a.m.-noon July 23. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood.
Visit giveapint.org to create your donor profile and schedule your appointment. Use sponsor code 0288, or call Helene Mery at 610-837-0792. Walk-ins also are welcome.
Bethany Wesleyan Church’s Vacation Bible School will be held July 24-28 for ages 3 through grade 6.
The George Taylor House committee will hold its next meeting 7 p.m. July 18 at the pavilion, Lehigh and Poplar streets. Part of the discussion will include the Aug. 6 event.
All are welcome!
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 21, the summer concert series in the park will feature classic rock/jam music by New Construction, sponsored by Brubaker Funeral Home, Catasauqua, at the Ampitheater, 501 American St.
The series is sponsored by Witt’s Tree Service and Brosky Insurance.
Covenant United Methodist Church, located at 2715 Mountain View Drive, is having a free movie night July 14. The featured movie will be “All Creatures Big and Small,” beginning at dusk.
There will be games and refreshments 7 p.m.
For information, contact the church at 610-837-7517.
Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, is having a flea market starting 7 a.m. July 15. Vendors are welcome.
Food will be available.
Call 610-759-5780 for more information and to reserve a space.
Zion’s Stone United Church of Christ, 51 Church Road, Kreidersville, will hold a peach festival and car show noon-8 p.m. July 15. The rain date is July 16.
The festival will feature food, games, a basket social, cake walk and raffle. Live entertainment includes Nick of Time, noon-3 p.m., and Midnight Special, 5-8 p.m.
The car show will feature antique tractors and engines. Show time is 1-5 p.m.
For registration information, call 610-826-7853.
Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville, will hold a 55-and-older event noon July 12. There will be a sing-along with Bill Frye.
Please bring a covered dish or a dessert to share. Meat and beverages will be provided.
For more information, call the church office at 610-767-1239 or visit bethanywes.org.
Bethany Church, 429 Walnut St., will be holding Vacation Bible School 6-9 p.m. July 21, 9 a.m.-noon July 22 and 9 a.m.-noon July 23. Children ages 3 through fifth grade are welcome.
Preregistration is requested but not required.
If you have any questions or would like to register your child, contact Alicia Malley at email@example.com.
The Catasauqua summer concert schedule is now in full swing. Concerts are held every Friday night, 7-10 p.m., at Catasauqua Park & Playground, 501 American St.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your own refreshments.
From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 8, Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, will be holding its blueberry festival. There will be music by Steel Creek Country Band, food, games, a 50-prize raffle, cake walk, bingo and a free kiddie cake walk (3:30 p.m. for children 12 and under).
Sit at the picnic tables or bring a lawn chair.
In case of bad weather, food and the raffle will be in the church 3-7 p.m.