The 15th annual Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) run/walk will be held Aug. 27, with the starting line at Saylor Park — where Coplay Cement Company Kilns are located — across from Coplay Parkway on North Second Street.
Race day registration is from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Walkers start 8:30 a.m., and runners begin 9 a.m.
The IRT 10-K race traverses many historical iron and cement buildings in Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough.
Presented by The Emmaus Run Inn, the event will include post-race awards, ceremonies and snacks for all participants.
Water and fire hydrants are the cornerstone when a firefighter is summoned on a call, so it is fitting Whitehall Township Authority paid tribute to the late Whitehall Township Fire Chief Robert L. Benner by dedicating a fountain in his honor — not just an ordinary fountain, but a bright yellow fire hydrant with water cascading into a blue pool.
Benner died March 30 at the age of 80, having served as the township’s fire chief for 30 years.
Just when a sinkhole issue in Coplay Creek near Hokendauqua Park & Playground seemed to have stabilized, a second sinkhole farther downstream has developed.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. informed The Press Aug. 11 of the new development off Lehigh and Sixth streets, near the new bridge Pennsylvania Department of Transportation replaced two years ago. The sinkhole depth was estimated at several feet.
“PennDOT was notified,” Hozza said, contending the issue is that department’s responsibility.
Evolve Sober Living LLC, a proposed rooming house for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, now has to wait until the Sept. 12 meeting of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners for a decision on whether it will be granted conditional use of a two-story house at 855 Third St.
Abe Atiyeh, Lehigh Valley developer and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania Venture Capital, is renting the five-bedroom house to Talia Ehret, a partner of Evolve Sober Living LLC. The co-partner with Ehret is Lauren Keavery.
With the next reunion three years away, in 2019, Whitehall High School’s Class of 1959 got together July 23 for a 75th birthday bash and to give its class a historical footnote — they were the last seniors to graduate from Whitehall High School at its Lehigh Street location.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has informed Whitehall Township officials of major traffic closures at the Route 22/Fullerton Avenue ramps, scheduled with the northbound opening of Fullerton Avenue soon to take place.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. informed the board of commissioners during last week’s meeting that northbound work across the new overpass bridge is just about completed. The span was elevated to allow trucks more clearance on Route 22.
Whitehall Township had all three swimming pools — Cementon, Jefferson in Fullerton and Parkview in Hokendauqua — open over the past sweltering weekend; however, only Parkview remains open going into this weekend.
The last day to swim at Parkview is Aug. 26. There will be free swimming 9-11 a.m. until then.
Cementon and Jefferson closed Aug. 17, the shutdown date scheduled before the summer began and the pools had even opened.
“The lifeguards, many college students, are returning to classes and their schools,” Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. reported at the board of commissioners meeting Monday night that 500 persons have applied for a vacant police service aide position with the township.
Hozza, now in his second term in office, also said there had been 150 employees on the township’s payroll, but the number has shrunk to 99 persons, mostly because of retirements.
The openings, Hozza said, appear in all departments — police, public works and others.
Northampton, Coplay and Whitehall Township’s rich history with the cement industry will continue for generations into the future on the high school sports fields.
‘The Cement Belt Challenge’ will begin this fall with Northampton and Whitehall starting what will be an athletic series competition between the two schools.
With a gazebo and flagpole, including a yardarm on which banners of the various branches of the Armed Forces are flown, the Whitehall Township Veterans Memorial Committee is continuing an aggressive fundraising campaign to ensure the veterans memorial at the township campus is set for a 2017 Memorial Day ribbon-cutting ceremony.