Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sinkholes are found on school campus

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Heavy rains to blame

Whitehall-Coplay School Board has solicited the work of D.L. Keeney Contracting Inc. to perform emergency repairs to the grounds behind Zephyr Elementary School, where recent heavy rains have caused two sinkholes to open.

The damage is along the roadway between Zephyr Elementary and Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.

In other news, following the resignation of board member Arthur F. Taschler Jr., George Makhoul has begun his second stint with the board.

Moyer wins speech contest

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

Olivia Moyer, recent Whitehall High School graduate, won the Whitehall Area Rotary Club’s inaugural Four-Way Speech Contest at Fellowship Community’s Zentz Community Center April 4.

Sixty-six students entered the contest under the leadership of WHS English teacher Michelle Abbadessa. The top five were chosen to deliver their speeches in front of Rotary Club members and three judges for a $500 prize.

New Steckel principal says she’s proud to be school’s leader

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

Former Northampton Assistant Principal Cora Snyder has transferred across the Cement Belt to become the new principal at Steckel Elementary School.

Snyder is the fourth principal at Steckel Elementary in the past 12 months. Glenn Noack moved to the middle school last summer, opening the elementary spot for Peter Bugbee. Bugbee took a leave of absence in January and is scheduled to retire in August. Karen Nicholas finished the 2017-18 school year as interim principal.

Lending a hand

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Whitehall resident is among Musikfest’s longtime volunteers

As one of the largest music festivals in the country, Musikfest has a records book with some fairly substantial numbers.

Thirty-five years of performances. An expected attendance of 900,000-plus people. More than 500 shows scheduled on 16 stages across Bethlehem.

But the lifeblood of the popular Lehigh Valley gathering resides in this number: 1,500.

That is the number of ArtsQuest volunteers who will be taking tickets, pouring drinks and setting up the stages at this year’s festival.

School district awarded $15,783.25 PPL check

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Steckel Elementary School participated in energy-saving program

Representatives from PPL Electric presented Whitehall-Coplay School District with a $15,783.25 rebate check as part of the energy company’s Continuous Energy Improvement program July 9.

Whitehall-Coplay was one of four districts chosen out of a 29-county territory to participate in the two-year CEI program. Steckel Elementary School served as the pilot school during the 2017-18 academic year, with all of the district’s buildings scheduled to participate in 2018-19.

‘We are a proud and accomplished class’

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Whitehall High School celebrates 2018 grads

Three hundred fifty-one members of the Class of 2018 joined the ranks of Whitehall High School alumni at the school’s 114th commencement ceremony at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, June 4.

Following a performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” by the Whitehall High School band, Jacky Mansour delivered the opening remarks that empowered the outgoing students to stay motivated in chasing their dreams.

“Class of 2018, we never gave up when times were tough. We kept going. That’s what makes us special. That’s what makes us Zephyrs,” Mansour said.

EPC, CL split games

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Colonial League and East Penn Conference split their doubleheader in the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation All-Star Soccer Classic on Sunday, June 3, at Salisbury High School.

The EPC girls were victorious by a score of 4-1 in the opener, with the Colonial League boys winning the second leg 2-1.

Pleasant Valley’s Morgan Covart got the EPC girls on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the contest with a long-range shot that curled into the right side of the net.

Steckel Elementary welcomes new interim principal

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

When Steckel Elementary Principal Peter Bugbee requested a leave of absence at the beginning of the year, Whitehall-Coplay School District turned to a familiar face to fill the position.

Karen Nicholas assumed the role of interim principal Feb. 20 and will serve through the end of the school year.

Nicholas spent 10 years as a language arts supervisor and reading specialist within the district before transferring to Northern Lehigh. She served as principal at Peters Elementary for 10 years, then assistant superintendent at Northern Lehigh for the last eight.

WCSD approves 2018-19 budget with tax increase

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

School board authorizes bonds to aid in the school district’s projects

Whitehall-Coplay School District School Board adopted the final 2018-19 general fund budget at its May 7 meeting.

The $70,416,225 budget is a 4.1-percent increase over the 2017-18 budget. A 3.8-percent increase in the district’s tax rate will be instituted to balance revenue with projected expenses.

The budget passed following a 6-3 vote. Vice President Tina Koren, Treasurer William Leiner Jr. and board member Patty Gaugler voted against the adoption.

Area celebrates Barkley to Giants

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.

In an interview with Giants.com, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (Mayfield) I told our guys, ‘Don’t even waste your time. We’re taking Saquon and we’re going to run’.”