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Coplay library: Sign up for summer learning

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by The Press in Columns

If you haven’t already signed up for our summer learning program (SLP), you haven’t missed the opportunity. Stop into the library anytime during open hours and visit with our “volunteens” who will gladly assist you.

Our regular activities for the SLP are:

Disney storytime, 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday

The Stem Lab with Miss Veronica 6 p.m. every Wednesday

Munchkin Music with Miss Deb 4 p.m. July 13 and 20

Weather permitting, our activities will be outside on the lawn. Everyone is welcome to attend!


Hokendauqua: Football, cheering camps hosted by Hokey A.A.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Hokey A.A. will have free football and cheering mini-camps this year at Bob Warke Field, 3025 S. Front St. Open to ages 5-14, this is a great opportunity for all kids to play a sport with no strings attached and have fun trying something new.

Football coaches will run football camps 6-7:30 p.m. July 16 and 23.

Cheering coaches will run cheering camps 6-7:30 p.m. July 16, 18 and 19.

For additional Hokey A.A. free mini-camps information and to register, visit hokeyaa.org.


Cement industry has changed

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by ED PANY, Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Recently my friend Lee Marsh gave me a 1944 survey of mineral resources in Pennsylvania. The study was compiled by F. M. Swain, assistant professor of mineral resources at The Pennsylvania State College School of Mineral Industries. In 1944, Pennsylvania was a leader in the production of Portland Cement when numerous plants dotted Northampton and Lehigh counties. The industry employed thousands and was an economic force.

Do my old readers recall when Northampton and Lehigh counties were home to 18 cement plants?

Catasauqua: GTH committee plans meeting

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The George Taylor House committee will hold its next meeting 7 p.m. July 18 at the pavilion, Lehigh and Poplar streets. Part of the discussion will include the Aug. 6 event.

All are welcome!


From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 21, the summer concert series in the park will feature classic rock/jam music by New Construction, sponsored by Brubaker Funeral Home, Catasauqua, at the Ampitheater, 501 American St.

The series is sponsored by Witt’s Tree Service and Brosky Insurance.


Whitehall library: Relax with Tai Chi tonight at library

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by The Press in Columns

We will offer an Intro to Tai Chi session 6:30 p.m. tonight, July 6. Tai Chi, created in China as a martial art, is primarily used in our country as a means of promoting health and wellness. Composed of slow, graceful postures done mindfully, Tai Chi, also known as “moving meditation,” is said to develop balance, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve mood and quality of life.


Fullerton: Fullerton fair to start July 11

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The Fullerton Memorial Fair will be held 5-11 p.m. July 11-13 and 3-11 p.m. July 14-15. Visit the fair at Fullerton Memorial Park, 901 Jefferson St., to enjoy live entertainment, fireworks (July 11 and 15) and rides for all ages.

Admission is free admission; ride cost varies.

The fair is sponsored by the nonprofit Fullerton Memorial Playground Athletic Association and benefits local youth sports programs.

For more information, visit dreamlandamusements.com or call 866-666-3247.


Catasauqua: Bethany plans VBS

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Bethany Church, 429 Walnut St., will be holding Vacation Bible School 6-9 p.m. July 21, 9 a.m.-noon July 22 and 9 a.m.-noon July 23. Children ages 3 through fifth grade are welcome.

Preregistration is requested but not required.

If you have any questions or would like to register your child, contact Alicia Malley at bethanycatty@gmail.com.


The Catasauqua summer concert schedule is now in full swing. Concerts are held every Friday night, 7-10 p.m., at Catasauqua Park & Playground, 501 American St.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your own refreshments.

Stiles: Burnside plans festival

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by The Press in Columns

If you are looking for something fun to do next weekend, the Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem is holding its annual blueberry festival. The plantation, which is located off Schoenersville Road, holds the festival 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 15 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 16.

There are a variety of different blueberry foods to purchase, as well as crafts, music, a pet parade and so much more. Stop by and join the fun!


As we get further into the hot days of summer, remember to check on your elderly friends and neighbors. Make sure they hydrate and stay cool.

Rick Murphy

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Lehigh Heidelberg, Evansville

Mr. Rick Murphy was born in Long Island, N.Y., moving to Berks County when he was 13 years of age. He graduated from Reading High School and was hired by Quaker Maid Kitchens, making doors.

When the company closed, he started a cement career at Evansville, now Lehigh-Heidelberg Cement.

Rick recalled, “I started as a laborer in 1990, transferring to the pack house in 1993. I was trained to be a bulk loader by Dean Witman, a position I currently hold.”