Monday, October 2, 2017
“Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll go fishing.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
The colorful sign of the nearby Ranger Rod & Gun Club (Ranger’s Lake), Coplay, Pennsylvania, stands out on an early October evening along the Ironton Rail Trail.
The Ironton Rail Trail loops more than nine miles through Whitehall Township, the Borough of Coplay and North Whitehall Township in Pennsylvania.
The Ironton Railroad was a shortline railroad in Lehigh County. Originally built in 1861 to haul iron ore and limestone to blast furnaces along the Lehigh River, traffic later shifted to carrying Portland Cement when local iron mining declined in the early 20th century. Much of the railroad had already been abandoned when it became part of Conrail in 1976, and the last of its trackage was removed in 1984.
In 1996, Whitehall Township purchased 9.2 miles of the right-of-way from Conrail, transforming it into the Ironton Rail Trail.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
“With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
~ from the inspiring Inaugural Address of
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
35th President of
the United States of America
& U.S. Navy veteran
The celebration of freedom is colorfully etched in the night sky by Fourth of July fireworks set off at Dorney Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Happy Birthday, America! Bravo!
How wonderful it would be to have fireworks – and the fire of patriotism – in our hearts every day!