Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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.

Cement museum reports statistics

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum had a banner year in 2018 with a large mix of students from the Northampton Area School District and representatives from nine foreign countries, various organizations and others visiting the museum on tours.

There were 2,947 students and teachers who attended tours and educational programs. There were another 536 other persons who toured the museum. The total number of museum visitors adds up to 3,483.

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.