In this continuing series, I am speaking to Mr. Harold Smith, well-known and highly respected president of the Northampton Historical Society and former employee of the landmark Miller's Department Store and Kotsch's Market in Fullerton.
Born in 1927 Harold, as most families in America, faced the Great Depression. I asked him to recall his youth.
Construction of the new Northampton Area Middle School may result in a major project that won't necessarily be visible.
The Northampton Area School board and administration is considering a proposal for a new storm water sewer system in the vicinity of where the old middle school is now located.
In addition, the administration and board are considering artificial turf for the athletic field proposed for the site of the middle school after it's demolished.
At the end of the night Aug. 30, the judges for the Lehigh Valley Best of the Best karaoke contest had a winner.
Determining second place was not so simple.
Without telling the audience who the winner was, the judges announced Brandon Schlichting of Northampton and Whitehall native Kimberly Kiena had tied for second place. A sing-off would determine who took home the $500 second prize.
A Colonial Ball will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Holiday Inn, 904 Hamilton St., Allentown.
The event, which is open to the public, celebrates the 250th anniversary of Zion's "Liberty Bell Church" and the 50th anniversary of the Liberty Bell Museum.
Professional colonial re-enactors will talk with guests about what life was like in the colonial era. Guests will enjoy live period music, colonial artifacts and dancers who will demonstrate and teach colonial dances popular in the 1770s, the time of Allentown's founding. There will also be a colonial style meal.
The summer concert series in Northampton ended on a Celtic note.
Mr. Michael Detzi was reared in Wind Gap, graduating from Pius X High School in 1968 where he starred in football and basketball. He recalls, "Our school had a small-town atmosphere. My class consisted of 48 spirited graduates."
The young graduate continued his education at Steubenville College in Ohio. The draft called him to duty in 1971 with training at Fort Dix and Fort Jackson, S.C. He was assigned to the 193rd Infantry Brigade.
· "Take Better Pictures with Any Kind of Camera" presentation by nationally award winning photographer and editor of the Whitehall-Coplay Press Johanna S. Billings – 1 p.m., Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339.
· Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees monthly meeting – noon, St. Peters Luthern Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown. Information: Marie Nader at: 610-231-0237.
The Borough of Northampton and its police officers have reached an agreement regarding a new wage and benefits contract.
Police have been working without a contract since the former one expired Dec. 31, 2011.
At a meeting of borough council Aug. 16, borough lawmakers ratified a three-year-contract with its 10 uniformed police officers. The new agreement materialized hours before the stalemate would have caused the negotiations to move to binding arbitration.
Al Cannon, 44, of Northampton, holds up a chicken bone after being declared the winner in the hot wings eating contest at Coplay Community Days Saturday. He downed the 12 wings in 2 minutes and 24 seconds to win a prize of $100. Contestants were judged not only on speed but also on how well they cleaned the meat from the bones. Also at Community Days, 19 singers competed in the semifinal round of the Best of the Best Karaoke Contest. The finals take place at the Gin Mill in Northampton tonight, Thursday, Aug. 30, starting at 9 p.m. The winner of that contest will receive a $1,000 prize.
Be ready in the garden as Sue Drabic, a Pennsylvania master gardener, leads a group in an exciting game of Jeopardy during the meeting of the Catasaqua Garden Club. They meet 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St.
There will also be a double jeopardy if you don't bring your club project to the meeting.
Gardeners bringing gems for judging must have them in place by 12:45 p.m. Garden friendly guests are welcome to attend.