Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Whitehall senior students learn township roles

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by AL RECKER in School

Seniors in Whitehall High School’s American government class took over the reins of Whitehall Township May 7 — including all offices from the board of commissioners to public works and other bureaus and filled positions of mayor, police chief and fire chief — during Student Government Day.

The young men and women shadowed their township counterparts as they assumed the roles and learned how the township operates on a daily basis in serving the public. In the afternoon, the student board of commissioners held a mock meeting and voted on legislation presented to them.

Museum to open doors May 13

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

NASD, university students toured in April

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will open at its Northampton site May 13 for the 20th year.

It is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the past and present cement industry with a focus on the once-thriving Atlas Cement Manufacturing Company and others. Since its opening in 2008, thousands of visitors have toured the 1401 Laubach Ave. museum. The building also houses the borough’s administrative offices, council chambers and the police station.

Nemeth honored

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by AL RECKER in Sports

Cementon Athletic Association coach Steve Nemeth knows there is no column in the score book for emotions and surprises, only numbers and names of players and teams, wins and losses.

However, Nemeth realizes emotions of his players and surprises have a role in sports, a factor to a coach that’s as important as the Xs and Os.

So when Nemeth walked into the Cementon A.A. on Saturday afternoon, he was more than surprised he was the guest of honor, not for a birthday party for his sister like he expected.

Making progress

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton Bridge project is back on track after early work delay

With May approaching, the construction of the new state-of-the-art Coplay-Northampton Bridge will enter its second year.

A bumpy start in 2017 had the project, anticipated to begin last April, delayed for several weeks. Rick Molchany, director of general services and Lehigh County’s point man for major projects such as the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, was optimistic that the project is back on track and moving forward.

Pedestrian bridge placed across Jordan

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Greenway trail will begin in Allentown and end at Lehigh Valley Zoo

A picturesque bridge now takes its place as a major piece in the continuing construction of the Jordan Greenway Trail along Jordan Creek in Whitehall Township.

The pedestrian bridge was put in place Nov. 1. It is located off Mickley Road, near a grassy area where a large number of geese gather.

The bridge will link the greenway trail from the east side of Jordan Creek to the west side, near the Mickley Road apartment complex.

The pedestrian bridge will not be open to the public until the project is finished.

Eberhardt honored at Scouting dinner

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Eric Eberhardt was given a standing ovation on his selection as the recipient for the Minsi Trails Council 2017 Good Scout Award at the Whitehall, Coplay, Parkland Friends of Scouting dinner, held Oct. 26 at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

The Friends of Scouting dinner program began with the Color Guard from Boy Scout Troop 59, which meets at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Egypt, and Troop 79, which meets at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Stiles.

Commissioners plan for capital projects

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Emergency services building, LED streetlights on the list

At its Nov. 13 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners authorized and directed the township to enter into the issuance of a $3,037,000 general obligation note to fund capital projects, such as a proposed emergency services building, which would house a new police station and replace the present site on Lehigh Street.

In addition, the proceeds of the sale of the general obligation note will be applied to the current refunding of the 2011 general obligation bonds. Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers said that figure is $1.75 million.

Historic district plans are paused

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Board: Information needed for residents of Hokendauqua neighborhood

At its workshop meeting Monday, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners halted its efforts in seeking grants for the proposed historic preservation district that covers several blocks of Hokendauqua — labeled as the Thomas Iron Works neighborhood.

The board indicated more precise information is needed, as well as assurance that residents — whose properties would be affected — are on board with such a decision.

The Thomas Iron Works area is replete with homes and mansions from an era when iron-making by David Thomas was the model of the American Industrial Revolution.

Bench is dedicated in honor of Halal

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Family, friends gather for ceremony along IRT

A brook was babbling and birds were chirping on nearby trees during a sunlit morning Oct. 21. Family and friends had gathered for the dedication of a handsome bench on the Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) in Egypt as a tribute to Robert “Bobby” C. Halal’s life.

The June 5 death of Halal, a magisterial district judge since 2007 and a longtime constable, stunned the community.

More than 100 people were in attendance for the informal program on the IRT — organized to not only dedicate the bench but also to celebrate Halal’s 53rd birthday the previous day, Oct. 20.

Mayor details proposed budget

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Township plan, called ‘ambitious,’ includes repairs to aging infrastructure

Whitehall Township’s Oct. 13 release of its proposed 2018 budget — totaling $22.7 million — had nothing to do with Friday the 13th superstitions, but more with the Home Rule Charter mandate that the plan be made public by Oct. 15, which, this year, fell on a Sunday.

The budget, which now goes to the board of commissioners for hearings, spells good news for residents — in particular, in terms of property tax, garbage assessment and earned income tax.