Whitehall-Coplay Press

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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.

New church in Coplay

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God says borough location is a good fit

Whether by design, fate or divine intervention, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Spring Praise Arena, and its pastor, Abolade Akomolede, are pleased with the new locale, the former Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay.

Holding its first service New Year’s Eve last year, the church and its new pastor quickly established relationships with the community, a part of the mission the church embraces.

New device counts IRT users

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Ironton Rail Trail affords a scenic and historic experience for walkers, joggers and bicyclists as towering trees and remnants of the cement and iron industry stand as sentries along the side of the trail. The IRT meanders across Coplay Borough and Whitehall Township and includes a spur in North Whitehall Township.

The IRT Oversight Commission realized the number of people on the trail daily was large and wanted solid figures of exactly how many.

Deli closes its doors

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Milander’s owner says Coplay-Northampton Bridge construction played a part in decline of business

Milander’s Deli, 301 Center St., closed its doors mid-afternoon June 22.

Owner Dean Fenstermaker said the closure of the market was something he could not have even imagined when opening the business Jan. 1, 2016.

Contending the store had choice lunch meats, steaks, chicken and other staples from recognized and established vendors, Fenstermaker reported that business was steady with a good clientele until the Coplay-Northampton Bridge construction started in 2017.

“The store took a big hit,” he said. “It was a major setback.

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.