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Commission sets IRT events

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission will hold its annual spring historical walk beginning 9 a.m. March 23 on the IRT. The walk — the first of many 2019 events — starts at the Chestnut Street barn, just west of MacArthur Road.

The four-hour leisurely walk has stops for walkers to view historical sites and landmarks, including the first anthracite-fueled iron company and the first Portland Cement Company in America. At least 23 historical sites and landmarks will be presented.

Cement museum reports statistics

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum had a banner year in 2018 with a large mix of students from the Northampton Area School District and representatives from nine foreign countries, various organizations and others visiting the museum on tours.

There were 2,947 students and teachers who attended tours and educational programs. There were another 536 other persons who toured the museum. The total number of museum visitors adds up to 3,483.

Funding for kilns work still a concern

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

County official continues to seek federal assistance, community donations

Support for the need to preserve the historic Saylor Kilns continues to be strong, as members of the borough community and Lehigh County admire these monuments to the pioneering cement industry of the 1800s. However, funding to further the restoration work is becoming more of a concern.

Interior steel work and brick restoration were done in 2016. One of the kilns was also capped at that time. The project, which carried a $430,000 price tag, was paid for with funding with Lehigh County escrow money.

Hozza receives Scouting award

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Former Whitehall Twp. mayor is honored

Edward D. Hozza Jr., Lehigh County’s director of administration and former mayor of Whitehall Township, was honored Oct. 11 as the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award recipient by the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The Whitehall, Coplay, Parkland Friends of Scouting dinner was held at Zentz Community Center, Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

Those gathered took a moment to remember the late Robert Zentz, president/CEO of Fellowship Community, who died Oct. 9. Zentz was the first recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award in 2016.

Sacred Heart celebrates 20 years

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.

A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.

Event aids adoption, foster care group

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The American Club of Coplay was transformed Aug. 11 into a pool hall. Members of the Sunday Pool League, with their custom-made cue sticks, played in the tournament for bragging rights and, more importantly, for charity. The event benefited Diakon Adoption & Foster Care.

Reminiscent of decades back when there was a pool hall at Second and Center streets, the club hosted participants who racked up the balls on their way to reach the goal of $4,000, according to Amanda Bakelaar, the pool league’s vice president.

Study on Mickley-Prydun Farmstead is completed

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall officials to review findings, apply for state grant to restore site

A feasibility study of the historic Mickley-Prydun Farmstead, dating back to the 1700s, has been completed.

Whitehall Township will now examine the study’s findings and its recommendations to best move forward with the Hokendauqua property’s future. Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said a meeting is set for Sept. 16 with Tom Jones, who conducted the extensive review of the 12-acre tract of land and buildings.

“The feasibility study was needed so that we can submit for a state grant,” Harakal said.