Recently, Larry Oberly and this writer visited Essroc, now Lehigh Hanson, in Nazareth, to look at some old records of the Coplay Cement Company. Coplay constructed the plant, which became Essroc on 1978.
We found a treasure of historic photographs. The photos in today’s column were taken in 1944.
During World War II, the cement companies in our area continued operation, but their machine shops took on extra responsibilities. The War Production Board directed the companies to utilize their shops to manufacture equipment to support the war.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9, Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., will be having a free community lunch. Hot dogs, snacks and desserts will be served.
Come join in for fellowship and food!
Bingo will resume at St. Mary’s Parish Center, Second and Union streets, starting 1 p.m. Sept. 10. The kitchen will be open 11:30 a.m. to all for sit-in or take-out meals.
After a long, hot summer, come out, and don’t forget to bring a friend for a fun afternoon.
The event is sponsored by Assembled Men of St. Mary’s.
Coplay Public Library is hosting an open house 3-6 p.m. Sept. 14. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Reminder: The library has returned to regular hours — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Storytime and crafts with Miss Veronica will resume 11 a.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. All ages are welcome, and no preregistration is necessary.
Join us for a movie 1 p.m. Sept. 16. This month, we are showing “Guardians of the Galaxy” (PG-13).
Bring your pillows and blankets!
On Sept. 9, American Club of Coplay will hold one of the largest picnics in town, a family-orientated affair, at the pavilion at its grounds off Cherry Street and Stone Alley.
Attended by hundreds, the picnic, which includes a modest fee, features live bands, events for children and a huge variety of food. Enjoy everything from halupkies to hot dogs.
Also on Sept. 9, the club will celebrate its 81st anniversary.
Northampton Street Fair will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9 in the uptown area of Main Street.
Live music, displays and plenty of food and refreshments are planned.
Tours of the Roxy Theater will be given 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Other highlights include:
10-11:30 a.m. — Jordan White
11 a.m.-noon — Wildlands Conservancy animals
11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Henry Laurito strolling on Main Street
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — IronPigs’ FeRROUS
Noon-2 p.m. — Hydraulic Lime
1:45-2:15 p.m. — Demos from Elite Martial Arts and 3D Dance Studio
• Deadline to order mums from Northampton Area Historical Society. Pick up is 8-11 a.m. Sept. 30 at the station, 21st Street. Information, cost and to order: 610-767-8420
• Moorestown Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, Moore Township. Information: 610-759-1652
• Catasauqua Garden Club meeting, 1 p.m., at Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St., North Catasauqua
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church will be having its pre-K orientation Sept. 7 and 8 for the 2017-18 school year.
This year, pre-K has been moved upstairs into a bright, new facility.
Please call 610-266-0450 for availability and other information.
The St. E’s Golden Agers group will hold its membership meeting 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
Also, there is a casino trip planned to Mohegan Sun Sept. 20.
Call Irene Snyder at 610-264-3721 if interested.
Sixteen years is a long time. I don’t think I’ve realized just how long until I started cleaning out my office desk. It’s been 16 years and about nine months since I first came to work for East Penn Publishing, now called The Press weekly newspapers.
In a short time, I will step into a life of retirement — a season of my life that I hope will also last a long time. In anticipation of that final day in the office, I’ve been cleaning out my desk, one file at a time, and have come across a lot of memories.
Northampton Area Historical Society is having its annual mum sale. Color choices are white, yellow, burgundy, purple and orange.
The deadline for ordering mums is Sept. 5. Call 610-767-8420.
The flowers will be available for pickup at the station, on 21st Street, 8-11 a.m. Sept. 30, during the society’s fall garage sale.
For more information, call 610-262-8198.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will hold its annual picnic noon-9 p.m. Sept. 3 on the church grounds, Ruch and Chestnut streets. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy music, games and delicious food fare at the picnic.
You will most likely run into some friends and neighbors from the community, too.
Best of luck to all of the students in our community who have headed back to school. Have a great and enjoyable year ahead!