We recently wrote a five-part series on railroad memories, which resulted in a number of people sharing their own railroad experiences with us. So I called my friend Mike Bednar, a former railroad engineer and author of a number of railroad books, requesting more information. He graciously agreed.
Mike and his friend Ken Bealer authored the book “Trackside Around the Pennsylvania Cement District” in 2010. They write that seven railroads at one time served the area.
The library will be closed Dec. 4 for a staff development day. No items will be due that day, and no fines will be charged.
Don’t forget about storytime and crafts with Miss Veronica. It will be 11 a.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 and 13.
We would love to have your young ones participate — no library card is necessary. Children of all ages are welcome, and no preregistration is required.
The library will close 6 p.m. Dec. 10 for the staff Christmas party. No items will be due that day.
• Deadline to order nut rolls (apricot, lekvar, nut, poppy seed, red raspberry and pumpkin cheese), to be picked up 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 8 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1301 Newport Ave., Northampton. Information, cost and orders: Marty at 610-682-4458, Helen at 610-261-4575 or Linda at 610-262-0265
• Game night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
The borough office, 98 S. Fourth St., will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for the holiday.
Recycling pickup has been moved up from Nov. 23 to Nov. 21. There is no change in garbage collection.
The community tree-lighting program, along with Santa’s visit to Coplay, will be held Dec. 6 outside the municipal building beginning 6:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association and will feature holiday carols.
The festivities continue in the auditorium with hot chocolate and doughnuts and entertainment provided by Lori and James.
St. Elizabeth Regional School, 433 Pershing Blvd., will hold a flapjack fundraiser 8-10 a.m. Nov. 24. The breakfast will be held at Applebee’s, 3730 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem.
Tickets are available at the school or parish office. Call 610-266-0695.
Also, St. Elizabeth Regional School’s Home & School Association is looking for someone to play Santa at the annual Christmas carnival 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1.
No experience is necessary, but you must be jolly and have your background clearances. The school can help with the clearance paperwork.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, will be having its Holly Craft Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 24. The kitchen will have food available for purchase. A bake sale will also be held.
The Legionnaires of the Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second St., will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 25.
There will be scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, French toast, SOS, juice, coffee and tea. For more information, call 610-266-7170.
There will be no breakfast in December.
The adult coloring club will meet 11 a.m. Nov. 27. Anyone 18 years and older is welcome to join us every second and fourth Tuesday of the month for our adult coloring club.
The library has some supplies but invites you to bring your own as well.
Our What Are You Reading Now? book club meets 1 p.m. Nov 27.
Patrons are invited to chat about whatever books they are reading at the moment — the ones you loved, the ones you hated and everything in between.
Northampton Borough’s annual tree lighting will be held Nov. 25 at the triangle, Main Street and Laubach Avenue.
The festivities begin 5:30 p.m. with holiday music by members of Good Shepherd Catholic School’s performing arts department.
Santa will arrive 6 p.m. with treats for the children.
The 25-foot-tall evergreen tree was donated by Richard Ackerman, who, along with his family, will flip the switch to light the tree.
• Morning Glories meeting, 10 a.m., at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua
• Miller-Keystone Blood Center blood drive, 4-7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua. Reservations: Judy Ehret at 610-767-5061
In this fourth column, we are speaking to the Rev. Jerry Mraz, a native of Czechoslovakia, who was the last full-time pastor at Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church in Northampton.
The church was organized in 1905, an era when many ethnic churches were formed by immigrants in the Lehigh Valley. Holy Trinity’s roots were laid by dedicated Slovaks, who constructed the church on land formerly owned by John Smith, a wealthy local property owner.