Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Railroad car project soon to chug along

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

The restoration of the near-century-old Ironton Railroad coach and baggage car, which sits on blocks off the Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) at Whitehall Parkway, is expected to resume in the next several weeks. The project began in 2013.

A 30-foot-long special beam is being prepared by Wassyl Mauser, an Allen Township builder, who has volunteered to restore the historic car with a small crew, including a son.

Ray Bieak, an officer with the IRT Oversight Commission, said the beam will be on the underside of the railroad car, also known as a combine.

High-schoolers learn valuable government skills

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

Whitehall Township and Whitehall-Coplay School District have forged an alliance that benefits its students, such as Student Government Day when high school seniors run the township for a day in mock proceedings and now a summer intern program.

Jessica Ammous, Adrian Anatalio, Michael Chekeit and Evan Ehst are spending six weeks this summer doing internships at the Whitehall Township Municipal Building and recreation sites. The program ends Aug. 11.

Commissioners to vote on two variances

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Recovery house, adaptive zoning ordinance are proposed in township

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its workshop meeting Monday were reminded there was not to be any discussion on an agenda item set for a vote this coming Monday, at which a decision will be made on whether to grant a conditional use plan for a 1910-circa house on Third Street to be converted into a facility for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Work begins on Hokendauqua row homes after June 30 fire

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

The early-evening fire June 30 in the 3300 block of South Second Street, Hokendauqua, which raged across six roofs and the second levels of attached row homes, are presently being reconstructed, all except for one residence.

Insurance adjusters were at the scene July 1, the day after the fire. Agreements with the homeowners were reached quickly, and Cityline Construction Company, Allentown, contractors soon began work. The company prides itself on fire and water restoration.

Struck by lightning?

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Hokey Legion sustains

A bolt of lightning is believed to have been the cause of a fire late Monday afternoon at Hokendauqua American Legion, Jones-Quigg Post 739, located at 3739 American Legion Drive, resulting in extensive damage to the 100-foot-long roof and water damage to the social hall.

Whitehall Township Acting Fire Chief Joe Shambo said the 4:25 p.m. fire was serious — a two-alarm blaze that had up to 100 volunteer firefighters from Whitehall and South Whitehall townships and Catasauqua Borough responding.

National Night Out set for Aug. 2

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Events in Whitehall, Coplay will promote police-community partnerships

Whitehall Township is bringing back the police department-sponsored National Night Out, after an absence of several years. From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2, the program will be held in the Whitehall-Coplay School District football stadium parking lot.

Acting Chief of Police Lt. Michael J. Marks has encouraged the public to attend.

Marks noted the National Night Out program is part of the National Association of Town Watch observance, at which communities hold special programs and encourage residents to turn on their porch lights.

Road named in honor of longtime chief

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Robert L. Benner Circle is near sight of planned veterans memorial plaza

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners has agreed to name the circular road on the township campus, off MacArthur Road, in tribute to Robert L. Benner, the township’s decades-long fire chief who died March 30.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. told The Press, after considering many streets and roads in Whitehall to carry Benner’s name, the administration, along with commissioners, thought it fitting to name the blacktop road off Municipal Drive as Robert L. Benner Circle.

Coplay Creek on the rise

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Remediation plan proposed to fill cavity

Coplay Creek, which was virtually dry recently when water flowed into two sinkholes at a Hokendauqua field, now has water flowing again. Although there has been very little rain that would aid the water table in the stream, the creek has seen a restoration of water — one to three inches in depth as of last Thursday — and is increasing.

Coplay Creek usually has a flow of six to 12 inches, more in some locations.