Mr. Rick Murphy was born in Long Island, N.Y., moving to Berks County when he was 13 years of age. He graduated from Reading High School and was hired by Quaker Maid Kitchens, making doors.
When the company closed, he started a cement career at Evansville, now Lehigh-Heidelberg Cement.
Rick recalled, “I started as a laborer in 1990, transferring to the pack house in 1993. I was trained to be a bulk loader by Dean Witman, a position I currently hold.”
Northampton’s Community Days Fair will be held July 12-15 at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.
The event is sponsored by the borough’s Exchange Club. Proceeds benefit the club’s community projects.
Northampton Area Food Bank is currently taking yearly and new registrations this month.
Approximately 900 people are currently being assisted by the food bank.
Northampton County Parks & Recreation has planned free, local outdoor programs for July.
A You & Me: Animal Detectives program will be held 9:30-11 a.m. July 6 at Wayne Grube Park, Pavilion 1, 1200 Willowbrook Road, Allen Township. Participants will embark on a naturalist-guided walk to investigate traces of wildlife. The program includes hands-on tracking and a nature journaling activity. This event is for children ages 2-5 and a caregiver. Those planning to attend are encouraged to dress for the weather.
• Fourth of July celebration, 9 a.m.-noon, at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua. The event is held rain or shine.
• Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association “Froth of July, a Thirst for History” event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Biery House, 8 Race St. Free. Information: Deb at 610-231-0603
• Moorestown Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, Moore Township. Information: church office at 610-759-1652
The Allen Township and East Allen Township municipal offices will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
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.
Friends of Northampton Area Public Library will be running a bus trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, July 28. The cost includes admission to the museum, transportation and the driver’s tip.
Deadline to pay for your seat is July 6.
For cost and other information, call 610-262-7537.
The St. John’s Friendly Fifties group will hold its annual picnic, rain or shine, noon-5 p.m. July 10 at the 26th Street Playground.
Coplay Cemetery Association has called for a meeting 10:30 a.m. July 2 in the social hall of St. John’s Lutheran Church, South Third Street. A spokesperson said the meeting is open to plot holders and the public.
The meeting, it was said, will discuss the cemetery association “going forward.”
The cemetery is located on Oak Street.
With the borough closed for the Fourth of July holiday, residents are reminded the pickup of refuse by sanitation personnel will be a day later than usual.
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.
Emmanuel’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 3175 Valley View Drive, will have outdoor worship 9:30 p.m. July 2. This will be the only service that day.
Contact the church at 610-837-1741 for more information.
Moorestown Garden Club will have its next meeting 7 p.m. July 4. The club meets at Salem United Church of Christ, located at 2218 Community Drive.
For more information, call the church at 610-759-1652.
Mountain View Wesleyan Church, 1001 Deemer Road, is having a yard sale 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 8.
The George Taylor House (GTH), Lehigh and Poplar streets, will have a celebration 9 a.m.-noon July 4, rain or shine. At 10 a.m., come and experience the interactive reading and re-enactment of the Declaration of Independence.
There will be music by The Antebellum Marine Band, 18th-century crafts and tours of the GTH.
Breakfast items will be available for purchase.