Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, June 26, 2017

Catasauqua: Historic association to host walking tour

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association will hold a historic walking tour of industrial Front Street 4-6 p.m. June 24. The group will meet at Tony’s Top Cat, 607 Front St.

After the tour, there will be a taco meal at Tony’s. The cost includes your meal.

Cash or a check, made payable to HCPA, or credit payment via Square will be available.

Call Deb at 610-231-0603 for cost, reservations and other information.

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Fullerton: Free breakfast program underway

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative’s free breakfast program, held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 835 Third St., for children in grades K-12 in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, is underway. The schedule is 8:30-10 a.m. through Aug. 25.

Besides breakfast, there will be games and activities, special theme weeks, crafts and fun reading programs, as well as a bagged lunch to take home.

For more information, contact Lana Snyder at 610-533-1357.

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Whitehall library: MacArthur Road talk planned for tonight

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Come to the library 6:30 p.m. tonight, June 22, for an event celebrating MacArthur Road’s ongoing 75th anniversary. Karen Gensey, historian and author of “Whitehall, Pennsylvania: The Golden Strip of the Lehigh Valley,” will discuss the history of the road and the surrounding area.

Visit macarthurroad75.com/events.html for more information on anniversary events.

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Stop by and sign up for our summer reading program, open to all ages. The theme is “Build a Better World.”

Stiles: Happy summer!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Summer has officially arrived, as of 12:24 a.m. yesterday, June 21. Since we are entering the hot and humid months, now is a great time to remind yourself to hydrate. Dehydration can happen so quickly, especially if you are exercising outside, playing sports or working in the yard. Carry a water bottle with you, so you can continuously hydrate.

Also, eating more fruits and vegetables helps since they are high in water content. Stay safe!

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Fighting for life with the help of medicine, family, friends

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

It was difficult keeping such a rare cancer diagnosis from my sister and her family and my close friends; however, by doing so, I was able to ignore the disease and accept each day as it came.

I now look back and realize how careless and irrational my decision was to try to conceal such a disease. Concealing the disease ate away at my conscience and, ultimately, my physical body.

Editor’s View

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Politicians need to call an extended Christmas Truce to their rancor

Snoopy’s Christmas

“Christmas bells, those Christmas bells

Ring out from the land

Asking peace of all the world

And good will to man ...

“The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights

He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight

Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know...

“The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine

And forced him to land behind the enemy lines

Snoopy was certain that this was the end

When the Baron cried out, ‘Merry Christmas, my friend!’ ...

“The Baron then offered a holiday toast

Coplay: Scoreboard dedication is Saturday

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

A large crowd is expected noon Saturday at Sammy Balliet Stadium for the dedication of the impressive state-of-the-art digital scoreboard in the outfield. Local dignitaries, sports figures and others, including an IronPigs mascot, will participate.

The stadium grounds has the enviable reputation as one of the finest diamonds in the region, where Curt Simmons of Egypt and Phillies fame honed his pitching skills.

Northampton: Atlas museum is open June 24

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will be open 1-3 p.m. June 24. It is located next to borough hall, 1401 Laubach Ave.

The museum will be open the second and fourth Sunday through September.

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Holy Trinity Nursery School, 1235 Main St., has a limited number of spaces available for the 2017-18 school year.

The 2-year-old playgroup class meets 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 12 children. Children do not need to be toilet trained for this class.

Happenings

Monday, June 19, 2017 by The Press in Columns

JUNE 19

• East Allen Township summer camp (for ages 5 to 12), 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Bicentennial Park, 5351 West Park Lane. Camp will continue until Aug. 3. Information and cost: Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961, ext. 306; registration: municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

State hospital farm workers were good country neighbors

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Columns

In this continuing series, I am looking back at the old Allentown State Hospital Farm in Weaversville. As a youngster (that’s a couple years ago) my father and I helped Willie Smith on his Weaversville farm, so I had a firsthand view of the neighboring farm.

The buildings on the 800-acre farm were all painted white and beautifully maintained.

The superintendent of the Allentown State Hospital would make unannounced stops to check on the treatment of the patients who worked there and the condition of the farms.