Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, February 18, 2019

Funding for kilns work still a concern

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

County official continues to seek federal assistance, community donations

Support for the need to preserve the historic Saylor Kilns continues to be strong, as members of the borough community and Lehigh County admire these monuments to the pioneering cement industry of the 1800s. However, funding to further the restoration work is becoming more of a concern.

Interior steel work and brick restoration were done in 2016. One of the kilns was also capped at that time. The project, which carried a $430,000 price tag, was paid for with funding with Lehigh County escrow money.

Hozza receives Scouting award

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Former Whitehall Twp. mayor is honored

Edward D. Hozza Jr., Lehigh County’s director of administration and former mayor of Whitehall Township, was honored Oct. 11 as the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award recipient by the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The Whitehall, Coplay, Parkland Friends of Scouting dinner was held at Zentz Community Center, Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

Those gathered took a moment to remember the late Robert Zentz, president/CEO of Fellowship Community, who died Oct. 9. Zentz was the first recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award in 2016.

Sacred Heart celebrates 20 years

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.

A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.

Event aids adoption, foster care group

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The American Club of Coplay was transformed Aug. 11 into a pool hall. Members of the Sunday Pool League, with their custom-made cue sticks, played in the tournament for bragging rights and, more importantly, for charity. The event benefited Diakon Adoption & Foster Care.

Reminiscent of decades back when there was a pool hall at Second and Center streets, the club hosted participants who racked up the balls on their way to reach the goal of $4,000, according to Amanda Bakelaar, the pool league’s vice president.

Study on Mickley-Prydun Farmstead is completed

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall officials to review findings, apply for state grant to restore site

A feasibility study of the historic Mickley-Prydun Farmstead, dating back to the 1700s, has been completed.

Whitehall Township will now examine the study’s findings and its recommendations to best move forward with the Hokendauqua property’s future. Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said a meeting is set for Sept. 16 with Tom Jones, who conducted the extensive review of the 12-acre tract of land and buildings.

“The feasibility study was needed so that we can submit for a state grant,” Harakal said.

St. Elizabeth Regional School prepares for academic year

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by AL RECKER in School

The faculty and staff at St. Elizabeth Regional School, 433 Pershing Blvd., Fullerton, are busy with final preparations for the Aug. 27 opening of the 2018-19 school year.

Principal Linda Schiller said there is excitement for the students’ return. There will be 225 students from preschool through eighth grade. The enrollment is up from 210 students the previous school year. The school is also continuing to accept new student enrollees.

Altar and Rosary Society celebrates 90 years of helping others

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay, celebrated its 90th anniversary July 15 at a special Mass, which was followed by a banquet-style breakfast in the church hall, 4 S. Fifth St.

The anniversary Mass and breakfast coincided exactly to the date the church women’s organization was founded, July 15, 1928. The church was officially established the previous year — June 16, 1927.

Generations of Mondschein family gather for reunion

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

One of the most recognized families in Coplay over the decades, the Mondscheins held a family reunion June 30 at the Coplay Saengerbund pavilion. Four generations were present — coming as far as Georgia and as near as Fifth Street.

Frank Mondschein began the family dynasty by coming to the area as a young man from Austria in the early 1900s. After marrying his wife, Mary, the couple settled down on Fifth Street and had 14 children — eight boys and six girls.