There are currently no candidates on the ballot for municipal offices for the 2012 and 2014 elections. However, some in the community believe November's ballot will be filled with candidates seeking a seat on Coplay Borough Council.
The presidential ticket is not expected to draw large crowds to the polls like four years ago. Races are contested for U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives along with the state house and senate seats. Also, state Gov. Tom Corbett will seek re-election in 2014, with the term beginning in 2015.
Assumption BVM Church will hold its annual picnic Sunday, Sept. 9, at Egypt Memorial Park.
The event begins with a Mass in the pavilion at 11 a.m.
Entertainment will be provided by the Emil Schanta Band beginning at 3 p.m.
Games, food and plenty of other activities will continue until 7 p.m.
Did you know that the Northampton Area Public Library presents an exclusive screening of unique movies free of charge? One more movie is scheduled for the summer on Aug. 21 at 1 p.m.
The Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce named Lafarge North America Inc. 2012 Business of the Year at the company's fourth annual Northampton chamber IronPigs night June 27.
Tony Pristash, Northampton chamber president, selected Lafarge for outstanding spirit and commitment in contributing to the success and growth of the chamber, the business community and the Northampton area.
Pristash presented the Lafarge staff with a plaque and other citations, as well as a media package from Regina Luciano of The Press.
Many of the streets in Coplay are now sporting a fresh, new look.
Borough public works personnel have recently tackled a myriad of road projects, along with painting curbs at intersections and areas where vehicles are prohibited.
The borough parkway pool will host the final Dip-N-Dance Friday.
The special event, which includes a deejay and prizes, takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Along with children and teens, adults are welcome to attend the bash.
The pool will also be open to the public on Community Days, Aug. 23-Aug. 26.
St. John's United Church of Christ will hold basket bingo on Friday, Sept. 14.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Food will be available.
Purchase your tickets in advance by calling the church office at 610-264-8421.
Also, the church will hold its annual craft fair in October. More information to follow in a future column, but crafters are needed.
If interested, call the church office.
· A motor vehicle accident involving three cars on MacArthur Road and Center Street brought out Stations 35 and 38, 1:30 p.m.
· A motor vehicle accident with a pedestrian struck at the Lehigh Valley Mall, Lot O, brought out Station 36, 11:32 a.m.
· Stations 36, 37 and 38 responded to a waterflow alarm at the Bye Bye Baby store, Whitehall Mall, when the sprinkler alarm was activated when the Inspectors Test was accidentally turned on, 12:24 p.m.
Among the environmental losses that rarely make the news, our world's firefly populations are dropping like – leaves?
Fireflies aren't actually "flies," but luminous beetles. About 2,000 species of them exist globally, in the "shining" family Lampyridae.
In the mid-Atlantic, this summer, wet weather brightened prospects for the region's firefly species, which prefer damp soils. Worldwide, however, scientists report a steady plummet of firefly numbers as their woodland habitats fall.
As I read a report a couple weeks ago that detailed China's dismal record on food safety issues. I found myself wondering, "Is this the kind of country some politicians want for us?"
That feeling was reinforced the next day, when I read that freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is single-handedly holding up legislation that would tighten regulation and oversight of gas pipelines, because of his philosophical opposition to any government regulation.