Watching televised news reports and human interest stories this past week on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, immediately brought back memories of the many late nights my mother and I spent holding and listening to my father cry at the kitchen table.
My dad enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 20, following the attack. He served aboard the USS Monitor, a landing ship vehicle-5, crossing the equator Oct. 11, 1944.
Recently, I discovered history in a packet of letters my mother had kept since World War II. The timing was perfect. Just when our nation’s brave men and women who served in the military were being honored and celebrated on Veterans Day, I was immersed in the innocent musings of a young soldier who paid the ultimate price for his service.
Robert was killed in action in France at the age of 22. He and I share DNA. He was an uncle I never got to meet.
Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are joyous and festive times.
Whether you are busy baking, decorating your home or shopping for that perfect gift, the holiday shopping season went into full swing on Black Friday.
Thieves also are out shopping for that perfect gift. But instead of in stores, they are “shopping” your vehicle, front porch or inside your home.
To the Editor:
I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I did not, for three separate reasons.
First, I watched my alma mater Catasauqua be defeated by rival Northampton on Thanksgiving morning. Although it wasn’t the result I was hoping for, I was still very proud of the team’s effort.
To the Editor:
There are two fields on opposite sides of Route 248 in Moore Township that are filled with pumpkins. These fields are located about a mile apart. They were harvested on weekdays for about a month. The larger field had four or five tractor trailers backed into it with one truck cab hauling away each trailer when it was fully packed with pumpkins.
The local grapevine states that the larger pumpkins were harvested, and the rest — thousands — were left behind to rot.
To the Editor:
I read with interest a recent “Guest View” piece in The Press. The writer presents frustration that Whitehall Crime Watch has become dormant.
Coplay’s seven-time nationally recognized Town Watch, founded in 1995, has fallen on challenging times during 2016. I was a leader and officer in CTW (Coplay Town Watch) for nearly 20 years. I vacated the leader role in January 2016 due to other responsibilities. I remain a CTW member.
Many families have someone serving in the military who will not be home this holiday season to celebrate with loved ones.
These individuals are currently serving our country in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries around the world. They volunteered to protect and serve our country.
Thanks to the generosity of The Press readers, businesses, fire companies, clubs and others, military personnel will have something to smile about this Christmas.
Gathering the family
We bundle up against harsh winter winds
To travel to Grandma’s house
Whether near or far
Awaiting the feast as family
We are greeted by loved ones
Amongst a warm home filled with love
And by aroma of roast turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pies
The table set with its centerpiece of fruits and nuts
Declares this is a special day of gathering
A national heritage of gratitude
For freedom to worship God
For all the good gifts of life
For the harvest of food, family and friends
To the Editor:
This letter is sent from a heart that is overflowing with love for all of the residents and friends of my husband, Gene Zarayko, who poured out love for him.
The members of the Northampton Fire Department, Fire Police and Police Department — the awesome honor you all gave him, in the Standing of Guard, the coordination between all to ensure a smooth navigation through town as the funeral procession passed so many projects that Gene had a part in.
I was pretty sure I had fallen off the radar again — miss one meeting and that happens. You aren’t on the attendance sheet, so you don’t get the meeting’s minutes. The meeting’s minutes have the date of the next meeting, so you don’t show up at the next meeting either. You don’t get the notes from that meeting, and the cycle goes on.
You have successfully fallen off the radar.