In this second column, I am speaking to Mr. Harold Smith, a well-known, highly respected local resident who is President of the Northampton Area Historical Society. He is recalling the family's experiences during the Great Depression.
"My father worked for the Northampton & Bath Railroad," Harold recalls. "One day when he came to work, he and 33 other men were told as of tomorrow you will be laid off. The railroads were hardly hauling any cement."
The Atlas Portland Cement Company would be closed for months, and Harold's father Clarence, would be unemployed for four years.
Whitehall Manor Alzheimer's Unit resident Mary Nagy, center, is all smiles at a recent picnic as Alexis Stengel, activities director, treats Nagy to a hot dog with all the fixings. Rose Hessingee, a nursing supervisor, joins the party, adorned in a Hawaiian leis.
Although nobody actually said the word, bamboo was the hot topic of Tuesday's Coplay Borough Council meeting.
For the past several months, resident Ann Killeen has been complaining to council about overgrown bamboo at 1102 Center St. and the fact that Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. and members of the Town Watch have been voluntarily cleaning up the overgrown, invasive plant. She said she believes the property owner should have been cited for the overgrowth instead.
Leiner maintains he and Coplay Town Watch members were simply doing a good deed for a resident in need.
· Stations 39 and 40 responded to an automobile fire on MacArthur Road northbound between Chestnut Street and Fornaciari Drive, found to be an antifreeze leak, 10:10 p.m.
· A motor vehicle accident with injuries at Pine Street and First Avenue brought out Stations 35 and 37, 5:59 a.m.
· Mutual aid to South Whitehall for a drill at Parkland High School requesting Station 36 for manpower and fire police for traffic control for a drill, 10:42 a.m.
The Northampton Borough Municipal Pool will close for the season this Saturday, Aug. 18.
The Northampton Area Public Library will host a "Hunger Games and Beyond" trivia tournament Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
The tournament is open to 11- to 18-year-olds. Teams of two will compete, so bring a partner or let the library organizers pair you up.
Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be awarded. Space is limited, so call the library at 610-262-7537 to register.
This program is presented by the NAPL Board of Advisory Teens.
The Atlas Cement Memorial Museum is no longer the best kept secret in the Lehigh Valley.
Last week, a group of visitors came all the way from China to the Northampton museum, which celebrates the area's history of cement making. They found out about the museum via the Internet and decided they had to witness it for themselves.
Week eight of camp started off on Monday like most days during the summer – bright sunshine, lots of games and many more smiles.
The morning began with a competitive round of knock out at the basketball courts followed with more excitement indoors with a dodge ball tournament. The day also included free time, crafts and water games. The children were thankful for the break from the heat when it was time to go to the pool. Many of the campers put an end to the day with a game of water polo.
The "crime chicken" led the march against crime the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 7, to kick off Coplay's National Night Out.
After the march, residents of Coplay gathered at the American Club Pavilion to take a collective stand against crime.
According to Coplay Town Watch Vice President Bill Leiner Jr., the event makes "sure neighborhoods are safe and fighting back."
Local law enforcement and government officials commented on the importance of National Night Out.
Someday when I'm gone and others are tasked with settling my estate, the question will be asked.
Why did she take so many pictures of chickens?
I suppose most people will understand the logic behind my taking thousands of photos of cats, dogs, butterflies, flowers, sunsets, deer, horses and pretty scenery. But chickens?
I've been interested in chickens since I was in college. While visiting a friend's farm for the first time, I discovered just how interesting the little cluckers can be.