Much has been said and written about the damage from the June 30 devastating storm that ripped through the borough, causing incredible damage to residents’ roofs and siding. Public Works Director Paul Boyle said borough buildings didn’t escape the wrath of the storm either. Boyle said the borough hall, library and pool sustained damage. The work, which is expected to begin this month, will be done by private contractors. The borough has ample insurance.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., will be hosting a Longaberger basket bingo on Friday, Oct. 9. Doors open at 6 p.m., and games begin at 7 p.m. The entrance fee includes 20 games. There will be a chance basket, specials, 50/50 and Chinese auction available. This notice gives you plenty of time to purchase your tickets as there is a discount now rather than paying at the door. Purchase eight tickets or more and you may reserve a table. The kitchen will also be open. For ticket pricing and/or any questions, call 610-264-8421 or 610-264-2000.
The Whitehall Township Public Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday. It will be open regular hours on Saturday, Sept. 5. The summer may be over, but there are still plenty of programs for all ages to attend.
There will be a “How to Sell on eBay” class at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12. We will talk about how to take photos, write up a description of the items you have to sell and list and ship items.
Remember to stop by the St. John the Baptist Church picnic this Sunday, Sept. 6, from noon until 9 p.m. The picnic is on church grounds at Ruch and Chestnut streets. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy some entertainment and delicious food fare!
Good luck to all of the students in our community who are heading back to school! Also, good luck to the student athletes participating in fall sports, which are starting soon if not already in progress.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, will hold its annual Rally Day and church picnic on Sunday, Sept. 13. Some of the activities featured will be a bingo game and desserts. The time for the event will be announced at a closer date.
Do you have news for the Hokendauqua column? Email me your church, park association, boys and girls club or other organization events at email@example.com. I will need your information for my next column by the morning of Friday, Sept. 4. Thank you once again!
As the climate slowly begins to change, Jann Eline presents the timely program “Getting Plants Ready for Winter” for Catasauqua Garden Club’s September meeting. New plants or old standards, this should help all gardeners get their favorites flowers and plants ready for the soon-to-be cold weather and shorter days.
I have closely followed the construction of the new middle school in Northampton. It has progressed relatively smoothly compared to the construction of the senior high school over 50 years ago. This writer taught at the school and was frustrated by the obstacles faced by the board of education. We thought it would never be completed!
Many of my older readers may recall the scenario.
• Quilting and sewing, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
• Knit and chat, 9-11 a.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
• Lehigh Valley Pops orchestra, 9-10:30 p.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
• Ashtanga yoga, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
The Northampton AARP meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Northampton Memorial Community Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Doors open at noon. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.
If interested in any trips, call Sharon at 610-262-9182.
The Coplay Fire Department will have a coin toss at Second and Chestnut streets 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
The Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company will once again join other cement companies in the region in prominence, as its iconic name has become a permanent fixture of the new Northampton Area Middle School.
A Coplay Cement Hall is part of the middle school. Sixteen other halls have been named after cement companies, including the former Atlas Universal Cement Company in Northampton, Dragon, Essroc, Keystone and Hercules.