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Saturday, September 22, 2018

A historic cemetery in East Allen Township

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

I recently made my semiannual visit to the historic Horner’s Cemetery in East Allen Township. The cemetery was part of Craig’s Scotch-Irish Settlement founded in 1728. The cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Northampton County. The first burial there was in 1747.

Ten years ago, my friend Peggy Moser organized a group of dedicated volunteers who cleaned and restored the cemetery. A 10th anniversary program will be held there 1-4 p.m. Sept. 22 on the cemetery grounds, 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd. The mission is to raise funds to place name plates on unreadable tombstones.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Douglas A. Newhard Lafarge, Cementon

Mr. Douglas Newhard was reared in Catasauqua, graduating from Catasauqua High School in 1973.

He recalls, “I played on the basketball team, and my favorite subject was math.”

After taking an aptitude test, he was hired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. in 1973 at a rate of $3.51 an hour. In his 25-year tenure at the plant, there were dramatic changes.

Railroad series concludes

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this concluding column, Mr. Mike Bednar, noted local historian, recalls some of our railroad history. Mike worked on railroads for 41 years and, with the aid of his wife, Donna, wrote a number of books on railroad history and lore.

In the last column, we wrote about two famous Lehigh Valley Railroad trains — the Black Diamond and the John Wilkes.

Today, we board the Asa Packer, Maple Leaf and Central Railroad of New Jersey’s Philadelphia Flyer.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Michael J. Jablonski

Mr. Michael Jablonski was reared in Reading and attended St. Peter’s Elementary School, later graduating from Holy Name High School in 1984. He especially remembered Mr. Reardon and Mr. John Gallagher, former teachers who influenced him. Michael also played baseball at the high school.

He recalled, “Computers were in their infancy, so I decided to enroll in a Reading computer-technical school to learn the basics of programming. I felt there was opportunity in this relatively new technology.”

Black Diamond takes final trip

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this fourth column, I am down in Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, visiting with Mike and Donna Bednar. Mike is a well-known railroad historian, a former railroad worker and engineer. He has authored a number of railroad books and magazines. Mike has had 41 years of experience with the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Conrail and Reading and Northern Railroad. Mike knows his railroads!

He traces the Lehigh Railroad back to its roots when the first tracks were laid in 1851 to link Allentown and Easton.

Railroad memories continue

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this third column on train memories, we fondly “remember” when the Central Railroad of New Jersey, Northampton & Bath, Ironton and the Lehigh Valley Traction Company trolleys served transportation needs in our communities.

Old-timers recalled the impact of the Great Depression on their families. In those days, trains hauled millions of tons of coal.

If, for some reason, they stopped in a community, some folks would actually climb the coal cars and throw some of the coal on the ground for their heating needs.

Railroad memories continue

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In our last column, we wrote about railroad memories when the Central Railroad of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley Railroad, Northampton and Bath Railroads served Northampton, Coplay, Catasauqua and Cementon.

My first railroad trip took me to Allentown to shop in their popular stores, but a great thrill was a trip to visit my aunt in New York City. It was the first time I left Pennsylvania; she resided in the Bronx.

Railroad memories

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Recently, I received a call from Mr. Jim Rowland, editor of Lehigh Lines, official publication of Railroad Historians of the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Chapter. Jim requested some information on the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum and the railroad network at the Atlas plants.

Jim, a former Egypt resident, today resides in Maryland. Two friends, both railroad buffs in the chapter, are Mike Bednar, of Darktown (Hokendauqua), and a former student, Kermit Geary, of Lehigh Township.