Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Long days in the pack house

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this sixth column, I am speaking to the governor of Burgenland, Austria, and a delegation on the Burgenland heritage in the Lehigh Valley. Many men who immigrated here worked in our cement plants. When they were hired at the plants, the Burgenlanders were working with many nationalities. For example, there were Hungarians, Slovaks, Croatians, Ukrainians, Poles, Russians and a majority of Pennsylvania Germans. The Atlas even had a group of Portuguese employees, who later moved to Palmerton and became key employees at the New Jersey Zinc complex.

Catasauqua: Breakfast is set for March 25 at American Legion

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second St., will be having its next homemade breakfast buffet 8 a.m.-noon March 25. The public is invited.

Served will be all-you-can-eat eggs, bacon, sausage links, SOS, home fries, French toast, juice, coffee and tea.

For more information, call 610-264-1606.


Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., will be holding a free rock-a-billy concert 7:30-11:30 p.m. March 30.

It offers dance classes, live music nights, etc.

For more information, call 610-443-0707.


Northampton: Library fundraiser is tonight

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The Friends of Northampton Area Public Library group will be holding a fundraiser 5-8 p.m. tonight, March 22, at Santa Fe Taco, 2022 Main St.

The group will receive a percentage of the proceeds from that night. Dine-in or takeout meals are included in the fundraiser.


Hampton Lanes, 326 Main St., will host a bowling benefit for the Dog TAGS Program of the Lehigh Valley 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 31.

The Dog TAGS organization works with veterans to get the service dogs they need to help with injuries caused by serving our country.

Coplay: Barkley to be celebrated Saturday

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The Saquon Barkley parade and celebration will be held March 24.

Barkley is considered by many of the college football top analysts as the No. 1 pick for the NFL draft April 26. He sure is bringing a lot of attention to the “little town that could.”

The event will begin noon with a parade from Ninth and Chestnut streets to Coplay Parkway, located at Second and Keefer streets.

The post-parade event will consist of proclamations, speakers, music, food and beverages. It will run until 5 p.m.


Coplay library: Game night set for March 26 at Coplay Public Library

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Game night will be 5-7 p.m. March 26. Once again, our Scrabble experts will be on hand. Stop by and challenge them.

If you would like us to add any other games to game night, please talk to a staff member.


The adult winter reading program wrap-up party will be 6 p.m. March 29. We will talk about some of the books read — and enjoy some light refreshments, too!


Storytime and crafts with Miss Veronica will be 11 a.m. March 22, 29 and April 5. All ages are welcome to attend, and there is no preregistration.


Cementon/Egypt: Easter Bunny breakfast March 24

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Laurel Fire Company, 5114 Third St., Cementon, invites area residents to attend an Easter Bunny breakfast 9 a.m.-noon March 24.

On the all-you-can-eat menu are waffles, eggs, sausage, bacon and toast. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around and loves to have his picture taken with children and families.

Children under 12 eat for free. Call 610-262-2077 for ticket information.


Egypt Memorial Park’s annual cleanup day will begin 8 a.m. March 24. Visit this organization on Facebook or on its website, egyptpark.org.


Hokendauqua: Resident is honored

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Barbara R. Quigg, a lifelong resident of Hokendauqua, was honored March 4 for 60-plus years of dedicated service to First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua.

Quigg taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was a deacon and an elder. She was also very involved with the Presbyterian Women’s Association.

A citation of honor was presented to Quigg by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd. Gifts from the congregation were also given to her.

Members of the church say Quigg has touched the lives of all her students and is a truly beloved member of the church family.



Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in Columns


• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339

• Coplay Lions Club meeting, 7:15 p.m., at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.


• Preschool storytime, 10:30 a.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. The event will continue Tuesdays until April 24. There will be no storytime April 10. Information and registration (required): 610-432-4339

Cement worker of the month

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Roark Grammes

Mr. Roark Grammes was born in Hudson, N.Y. His father, Donald, was a chemist with Lone Star Cement. Roark moved with his family when his father was transferred to Greencastle, Ind.; Trumbull, Conn.; Roanoke, Va.; Shawnee, Kan., where he graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1980; and finally to Allentown in 1981.

After graduating from Lehigh County Community College, he followed in his father’s footsteps and was hired as a lab technician at Lone Star in Nazareth, the landmark company that later became Essroc.

Coplay: St. John’s will host brunch

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Brunch and Friendship Sunday will be held March 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St.

Bring a friend to church and brunch. Every friend and member who brings them will receive a welcome gift, courtesy of Louise Hash and the St. John’s Evangelism Committee.

Also, don’t forget the very special friendship event for all Sunday school students and their friends, held 9 a.m. before the worship.

If you would like to bring some kind of bread, call Karen Haines at 610-653-2816.