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Coplay bike derby called a success

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The 21st annual Coplay Town Watch bike derby appeared destined for the tire junk yard. After several years of low attendance, CTW President Bill Leiner Jr. announced in January that if this year's derby was unsuccessful, it would be the last.

With that charge, the CTW Bike Derby Committee introduced a change of venue and an invitation change.

The committee concluded the key to success was changing the derby's location and expanding the invitation list. Thirteen day care centers, one in Coplay and 12 in Whitehall, were invited to participate.

Zachary Shupe receives Eagle Scout award

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Zachary Shupe received his Eagle Scout award at his Court of Honor ceremony May 31 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Coplay.

He is the son of David and Deborah Shupe of Northampton.

Shupe began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Cub Pack 79, Stiles. He then earned his Arrow of Light and Heavy Shoulder award. He later crossed into Troop 79 and became a member of the Order of the Arrow.

He joined Troop 59 in Egypt, where he held positions of den chief, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and Order of the Arrow representative.

zTake Back Day clears old medications from local homes

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County Police Departments, Pennsylvania State Police and the Allentown Health Bureau collected 766 pounds of unused and expired medications during the eighth National Take Back Day event April 26.

The Lehigh County total for all collections since the first in 2010 is more than 7,600 pounds of medications.

County residents were able to dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications and liquids.

School observes Drug Facts Week

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

National Drug Facts Week was observed across the country recently. The campaign was started in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to raise awareness about drug abuse among teens and shatter the myths about drugs and substance abuse.

According to NIDA, about a third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year; more than 10 percent report non-medical use of potentially addictive prescription painkillers; and more than 20 percent report smoking marijuana in the past month.

SENATE BILL 1281

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Opinion

School snow day flexibility bill passes senate

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill March 19 to give schools greater flexibility to make up time missed as a result of weather emergencies, according to Senator Jake Corman, R-34th, the bill's sponsor.

Senate Bill 1281 would allow schools to calculate the school year on an hourly, rather than daily basis. In addition, the legislation would permit them to hold class on one Saturday per month to make up missed school days.

Two CAP cadets earn awards

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Two Civil Air Patrol cadets from the local squadron were honored recently for their achievements. Cadet Lt. Dominic Six received the Billy Mitchell Award and Cadet MSgt. Alex Pantaleo was named 2013 Cadet of the Year at a Jan. 28 ceremony.

Both cadets are members of CAP Composite Squadron 805 of Whitehall.

Presentations were made with the assistance of Vince O'Domski, district director for Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, who gave the cadets certificates of achievement along with their awards.