In our last column, we wrote about railroad memories when the Central Railroad of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley Railroad, Northampton and Bath Railroads served Northampton, Coplay, Catasauqua and Cementon.
My first railroad trip took me to Allentown to shop in their popular stores, but a great thrill was a trip to visit my aunt in New York City. It was the first time I left Pennsylvania; she resided in the Bronx.
• Governor Wolf Historical Society meeting, 7 p.m., on the GWHS campus, 6600 Jacksonville Road, East Allen Township. Information: govwolf.org
• Quilting and sewing, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
• Cribbage, 1-5 p.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
• Mah Jongg, 1-5 p.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
Our township pools will be opening June 16.
We are lucky to have three fabulous pools where we can cool off and have fun. Choose from Jefferson (in Fullerton), Parkview (in Hokendauqua) and Cementon pools.
With school coming to an end soon, please be aware of children playing in our neighborhoods in the morning and afternoon.
Have a safe summer!
Now that the weather is warming up, there is a lot of activity seen on the Ironton Rail Trail. Neighbors, be sure to use our beautiful trail to walk, run or bike.
Registration for the summer reading program, for kids and adults, began June 5. The theme this year will be “Libraries Rock” — and we will be rockin’!
The program for adults (18 years and older) will run June 5-Aug. 24. The kids’ program runs June 5-Aug. 18. To participate, you must register either at whitehallpl.org or at the front desk. All you need to do is keep track of the books you read or listen to, write down the title and author, your name and phone number and turn in the reading log before the deadline.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., is hosting its annual parish festival 6-10 p.m. June 8 and 5-10 p.m. June 9.
There will be ethnic festival foods, featuring the famous halupki dinner June 8 and steamed clams June 9. There will also be baked goods, a bake sale and a beer stand, as well as adult and children games, raffles and desserts.
Northampton Liederkranz, 402 E. Ninth St., will hold a clam night 5-8 p.m. June 8.
Northampton Area Historical Society and Quota Club will join together for a community yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9.
The historical society will hold its sale at the Siegfried Station, West 21st Street.
Quota Club will hold its sale at Canal Street Park. Refreshments and baked goods will be sold.
To reserve a space at Quota’s sale, call Kelly at 610-262-7826. There is a fee for the spot.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, will be having a yard sale in the fellowship hall 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
There are still some spaces available to rent for a small fee.
Call the church office at 610-264-3221 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the week with any questions.
Bethany United Methodist Church, 429 Walnut St., will be holding Vacation Bible School titled “Polar Blast.” It runs 6-9 p.m. June 22, 9 a.m.-noon June 23 and 9 a.m.-noon June 24.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., will have a baked chicken dinner 4-6 p.m. June 9 in the church hall.
The menu includes chicken, lettuce with bacon dressing, baked beans and more.
The Ironton Rail Trail Commission will hold its annual 5K run/walk 8 a.m. June 10, starting at Saylor Park, Second and Keefer streets.
The IRT will again be part of Coplay Community Days in late August.
Coplay Sports Inc. will meet at its Sixth Street field house 8:30 p.m. June 13, following games and league play by its youth.
• Beading club, 1:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Pinochle, 7 p.m., in the Trexler Room of Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information and cost: 610-437-3700
• Moorestown Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, Moorestown. Information: 610-759-1652
• Bingo, 7 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.), at Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company, 2718 Mountain View Drive, Moore Township
Recently, I received a call from Mr. Jim Rowland, editor of Lehigh Lines, official publication of Railroad Historians of the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Chapter. Jim requested some information on the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum and the railroad network at the Atlas plants.
Jim, a former Egypt resident, today resides in Maryland. Two friends, both railroad buffs in the chapter, are Mike Bednar, of Darktown (Hokendauqua), and a former student, Kermit Geary, of Lehigh Township.