Old-timers still recall when cement dust was common in the “cement belt.” I wrote about this issue 18 years ago.
In 1999, two Northampton residents “remembered” dust in the Northampton, Coplay, Cementon and Egypt areas with letters to the editor.
They recalled when dust from the plants had to be swept from the sidewalks on a daily basis — sometimes, twice a day. The old Atlas plant’s 74 kilns had a squeaking sound, putting the residents of 10th, 11th and 12th streets in Northampton to sleep at night.
Coplay Public Library is running a 50/50 raffle during the month of February. Tickets are on sale at the library.
The drawing will be held noon March 1.
Coplay Borough is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. We would like you to help us take part in the festivities!
If you have any photographs, mementos or keepsakes of Coplay, we would love to borrow them to display in the library. Anything you could tell us about the objects would also be a great help. We will display your name with the items.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., will be offering a free community lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
Holy Trinity is hosting a concert by Moravian College’s concert choir 3 p.m. Feb. 24.
There is no charge for this musical program, but a freewill offering will be accepted.
The Legionnaires of the Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second St., will be having an all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 24.
There will be scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, French toast, SOS, juice, coffee and tea.
The Coplay 150th anniversary committee meets 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to continue finalizing plans for the celebrations. The fun begins with a banquet scheduled for April 6 at the American Club of Coplay pavilion.
All this talk about the anniversary has brought about more interest in the borough’s history. Here is a flashback to when Second Street was the focus of commercial, social and recreational activities.
Egypt Community Church, 4129 S. Church St., is hosting a roast beef dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
The public is invited.
Tickets will be available at the door, and take-out meals will be available.
Call 610-262-4961 for ticket information.
In case of inclement weather, the dinner will be postponed until March 2.
HPPA is hosting a designer purse bingo, featuring Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Vera Bradley items, April 28 at Victor C. Talotta Park in Cementon. Doors open noon, and bingo begins 1 p.m.
Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1301 Newport Ave., is having a nut roll and cheesecake sale.
Nut rolls are available in the following varieties: apricot, lekvar, nut, poppy seed, red raspberry and coconut.
Pick-up for both sale items is 9 a.m.-noon April 13 at the church.
For cost or to place an order, call Linda at 610-837-3076 or Marty at 610-682-4458 by March 27.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 2181 Washington Ave., is hosting a breakfast 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 24.
Hokendauqua Park and Playground Association will again award two $1,000 Bob Warke-Dale Horn scholarships. The organization will select one girl and one boy at the March/April meetings to receive the scholarships.
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be a Class of 2019 high school-eligible graduate, be continuing your education in the fall of 2019, must have participated in HPPA’s baseball, softball or basketball youth programs and must complete the scholarship application form and return it to HPPA by Feb. 28.
• Beading club meeting, 1:30 p.m., in the reference area of Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Bingo, 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.), at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave. Bingo is played every Monday.
Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, 1204 Main St., will hold a valentine dance 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. DJ Flip will entertain.
For tickets to the valentine dance and other information, call 610-262-3891.
Other planned activities include:
• Karaoke with DJ PK, 9 p.m. the first and third Fridays of the month
• Polka and button box, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month
• St. Patrick’s Day party with DJ PK, 8 p.m. March 15
Please remember that St. John the Baptist Church will be holding its 13th annual tricky tray 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 16. The event is located in the church social hall, 3024 S. Ruch St.
The kitchen will be open with delicious food fare for purchase.
There will be many baskets and raffle prizes to win. If you do win a prize, you will be notified by phone and must pick up your prize 2-4 p.m. Feb. 17.
Don’t forget Feb. 18 is Presidents Day. Many businesses will be closed, so plan accordingly.
If you have the day off, enjoy!