Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Allentown Marine Band in step for ‘Pennsylvania March’ debut

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There aren’t many compositions commemorating the Keystone State.

Sure, Pennsylvania has the “Pennsylvania Polka,” written by Zeke Manners and recorded in 1942 by The Andrews Sisters.

Another song mentioning the state, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman and recorded in 1940 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, is actually based on the phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

To the Valley and beyond: Partnership key in 2018-19 for Allentown Symphony

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Allentown Symphony Orchestra is embracing “one giant leap for mankind” as it embarks on its 2018-2019 season.

The orchestra will present three programs celebrating the exploration of space and particularly the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon, including, for the first time, a lunar-themed concert performed at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra, says it is part of the orchestra’s outreach to the Lehigh Valley community and goal of working with other local arts organizations.

Quarry’s ‘significant smell’ is identified

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Coplay Aggregates representative says odor caused by rotting vegetation

A pervasive odor in the northern end of Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough last month was caused by rotting vegetation in the quarry at Coplay Aggregates, township officials reported at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting Sept. 10.

Officials said the Whitehall Township Fire Department and the state Department of Environmental Protection responded Aug. 23 to investigate what Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. called a “significant smell.”

Board discusses nuisance of noise

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Complaints about Fullerton park event prompt township officials to act

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners got an overwhelming number of complaints about loud music from a recent 4x4 jamboree at Fullerton Memorial Playground, prompting officials to discuss the possibility of a noise ordinance.

Fullerton Memorial Fair’s Facebook page advertised the event as Purge: 2 Car Meet, held Aug. 25.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said the music was so loud the manager of Kohl’s, in Whitehall Mall, told him it chased customers out of the store.

Board debates ownership of wall

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioners seek information on PennDOT repairs, receipt of deed

According to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, the issue of whether the township is responsible for maintenance of a retaining wall along Race Street near Lehigh Avenue has not yet been resolved.

Board President Dennis Hower said the township received a letter the week before the Aug. 13 board meeting stating the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had completed $1.8 million in repairs to the wall, as per an agreement with the township, and the township would now be liable for maintenance costs of the wall.

Board hears of blasting concerns

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Residents allege production at Egypt Quarry shakes houses, causes odor

Blasting at Egypt Quarry not only shook their homes, but their yards as well, neighbors told Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its meeting Aug. 13.

Township residents spoke at the meeting to complain about an “ongoing problem” of blasting at the quarry, 4160 S. Church St., owned by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc.

“No one told me when I bought my house that there was blasting on a regular basis,” resident Linda Bell said. “The complete house shakes. I have to watch where I put breakables — it’s that bad.”

Passion for choral arts: Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Bach Choir of Bethlehem join forces for new voices

Friday, August 10, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

For the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bel Canto Youth Choir, formerly based in Red Hill, Montgomery County, a merger of the two nonproft choral groups has been a long time coming.

In 2012, Bel Canto sang with the Bach Choir for Benjamin Britten’s cantata “St. Nicolas” and the following year, members lent their youthful voices to the Bach Choir’s 2013 CD “A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem.” Last year, Bel Canto singers performed in the Bach Choir’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic “Mass.”

Now the two groups have become one.

Lifeguards recognized for rescues

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township officials laud dedication of pool staff

Eleven lifeguards from Whitehall Township’s three pools received commendations from the board of commissioners at its workshop meeting Aug. 6.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said when he and the board first decided to recognize lifeguards who had made rescues during this season, they did not realize just how often it really happened. Township officials extended their appreciation for the dedication of all the township lifeguards.

On 15th anniversary, Penn’s Peak is prestigious CMA venue nominee

Friday, July 27, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Pencor Services, Inc., took a chance on a concert hall in the mountains of Penn Forest Township, general manager Craig Stelling never dreamed the site would one day be in the company of legendary country music venues like Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Austin City Limits Live.

But as Penn’s Peak embarked on its 15th anniversary this year, Stelling learned that the Carbon County concert hall is one of five nominees for the Venue of the Year - Small Capacity in the Industry Award and Studio Recording division for the 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards (CMA).

Mayor, area legislators tour quarry

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Coplay Aggregates owners waiting for final EPA determination of PCBs

Coplay Aggregates owners told officials they are willing to address high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the quarry once the federal Environmental Protection Agency makes a final determination.

On July 19, Whitehall Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. and state Reps. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Zach Mako, R-183rd, were given a tour of the Coplay Aggregates quarry where contaminated fill has reportedly been dumped.