In this fourth column, Mike Bednar, local railroad historian, is over at the old Northampton-Bath Railroad yard in Northampton. The N&B was incorporated in 1902. It was a major carrier of cement from the Atlas Portland Cement Company, the largest in the world.
The rail yard was named Navarro in honor of Jose Navarro, the founder of the Atlas. The railroad extended 8 miles to Bath, where they could transfer cars to the Lehigh New England and Delaware Lackawanna and Western railroads.
Congratulations to Northampton-based writer Suzanne Mattaboni, whose short story was included in an anthology that was placed in gift bags to 50 nominees and presenters of the Jan. 6 Golden Globes.
Mattaboni’s piece, “Dawning,” is a coming-of-age story aimed at young women struggling to establish adult careers. The story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize earlier this year. The anthology is available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kindle, Book Soup, IndieBound.org and directly from Running Wild Press.
• Half-price sale, during regular business hours, at Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St. The sale will continue until Jan. 12.
• Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting, 6:30 p.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 696 Johnson Road, Moorestown. The group meets every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Information: 610-759-7363
• Bingo, 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.), at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
The year 2019 has begun!
Hopefully, everyone who has made a resolution is determined to stay true to his or her promise. Otherwise, you can always try again next year.
Wishing all Stiles community members a healthy and happy New Year.
The NFL playoffs are beginning!
Is your team still alive, so you can cheer the players on through the playoffs? If not, sit back, relax and enjoy some exciting football action.
We would like to wish all of our patrons a happy and healthy 2019! With a new year beginning, new changes are also coming to Whitehall Township Public Library.
The library has new hours. We will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Stop by and pick up a handout or magnet with the library’s new hours.
Northampton AARP Chapter 3915 will meet Jan. 9 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave. Doors open 11 a.m.
Larry Oberly and Edward Pany, local historians, will speak about the origins of the Borough of Northampton.
Refreshments will be provided.
Those interested in trips are asked to call Sharon at 610-262-9182.
St. John’s Friendly Fifties will meet 1 p.m. Jan. 14 in the church’s social hall, 1434 Newport Ave.
If Northampton schools are delayed or closed due to snow, the meeting will be Jan. 21.
The borough will pick up Christmas trees Jan. 4, 11 and 18.
Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association’s food bank, housed in the basement of borough hall, will be open to residents 8:30-10 a.m. Jan. 8.
Proof of residency is required.
The association is asking for food donations to fill the shelves at the pantry, noting there are no food drives during the winter.
Borough council will hold a workshop meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 8 to set the agenda for the Jan. 15 meeting.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., will be holding its next all-you-can-eat breakfast 8:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 13 in the parish social hall.
Come fill up on all your favorites of bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, cheesy Tater Tots, Danish, juice and coffee.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., will be having a free community lunch 11 a.m. Jan. 7.
All are welcome.
For more information, call 610-264-4091.
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I hope everyone had a nice holiday and a great start to 2019!
• New Year’s Eve celebration, 3:30-7 p.m., at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.
• New Year’s Eve party, 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.), at Petersville Rod & Gun Club, 550 Club Road, Moore Township. Information and cost: Kathy or Rich at 610-746-4847
• New Year’s Eve party (featuring Banned from the Ranch), 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m., at Point Phillips Rod & Gun Club, 1035 Smith Gap Road, Moore Township. Information and cost: 610-837-0310