Whitehall-Coplay Press

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‘What a wonderful day this is!’

Monday, December 23, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton Bridge officially reopened to traffic

A festive crowd braved the cold weather for the Dec. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the $33.5 million Coplay-Northampton Bridge.

The event began with the playing of the national anthem. Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 honor guard participated.

In remarks, Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, credited the hard work of Trumbull Construction, Pittsburgh, which finished the bridge construction six months ahead of schedule.

“On budget and ahead of time,” Molchany said.

Opening day

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton Bridge ceremony set for Dec. 19

Anticipation is reaching a feverish pitch on both sides of the Lehigh River ahead of the 2 p.m. Dec. 19 ceremony for the opening of the new $33.5 million Coplay-Northampton Bridge, six months ahead of schedule.

The ribbon-cutting program is expected to draw a large crowd of residents and elected officials who anxiously await the new bridge being open to vehicle traffic.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, credited the project contractor, Trumbull Construction, of Pittsburgh, with exemplary work, taking six months off the expected mid-2020 opening.

Coplay Sports plans annual Christmas parade for Dec. 15

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Every year, with the support from Coplay Borough officials, Coplay Sports sponsors the annual Christmas parade. This year’s event is scheduled for Dec. 15, starting 10:30 a.m.

The parade runs through the borough starting at Front and Hokendauqua streets and traveling through to the Echo Manor and Parkway West neighborhoods.

Coplay Fire Department will lead the parade as it winds across the town. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be aboard a sleigh.

Put a bow on the bridge

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton span expected to open before Christmas

It’s an early Christmas present for anyone affected by the closure of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge. The new $33.5 million state-of-the-art span will be open to traffic before the December holiday.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, confirmed the new concrete bridge will “certainly open” before Christmas, six months ahead of schedule. The specific date is expected to be announced shortly.

IRT officials seek state grant for study

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Funds could be used for paving, expansion of parking lot

Ironton Rail Trail officials are discussing a major engineering study for the trailhead in Stiles and subsequent work that could begin next year.

One of the biggest concerns, officials agreed, is the parking lot. That area is heavily used as walkers, joggers and bikers begin their treks on the IRT loop.

Ray Bieak, longtime IRT commission officer and current secretary, noted July 12 that the parking lot is the last major area on the loop not paved, except for a 100-foot section under the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, which is under construction.

Tavern plans ribbon cutting

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Log Cabin Tavern, a landmark in Coplay Borough for more than eight decades, has been revitalized with new owners and a new name — while maintaining the atmosphere of a neighborhood tavern.

Matt and Mark Hartman, brothers with roots in the borough, opened the establishment as the 2nd St. Tavern April 24, following a remake of the iconic tavern and while keeping intact its features. Those features include interior logged walls, a working fireplace and a long L-shaped bar with beveled wooden trim and the original concrete support.

Lafarge marks 120 years with picnic, open house

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

LafargeHolcim Cement Company celebrated its 120th anniversary May 18 with a picnic and open house for employees, retirees and the public to enjoy.

The company has boasted continuous quality cement manufacturing at the Cementon plant in Whitehall Township since 1899.

For many decades, the plant operated under the Whitehall Cement Company name until Lafarge took the helm.

Cement museum to open May 12

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will open for its 20th year May 12. The Northampton-based museum, with 3,000 artifacts, has attracted thousands of visitors, both local and abroad, over the two decades.

The museum features a slice of the cement industry history in the region. Its focus is on the once-thriving Atlas Cement Company and its role in the makings of industrial America.

Commission sets IRT events

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission will hold its annual spring historical walk beginning 9 a.m. March 23 on the IRT. The walk — the first of many 2019 events — starts at the Chestnut Street barn, just west of MacArthur Road.

The four-hour leisurely walk has stops for walkers to view historical sites and landmarks, including the first anthracite-fueled iron company and the first Portland Cement Company in America. At least 23 historical sites and landmarks will be presented.