Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sheetz looking to get liquor license for MacArthur Road store

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

You soon may be able to grab some beer with your gas and snacks at Sheetz, the gas station and convenience store at 5001 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard a resolution at its workshop meeting April 1 that would transfer a liquor license to be used at the local Sheetz.

The board asked Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. to find out how often the police department responds to calls at the gas station and report on the finding at the April 8 meeting, when commissioners are scheduled to vote on the transfer.

At last, a buyer

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Township has sales agreement for dairy site

The former Lehigh Valley Dairy property finally has a buyer.

Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. announced March 29 the township has an agreement of sale for the long-vacant 10-acre property at 1026 MacArthur Road that once housed the former dairy.

“We can’t reveal the buyer,” Harakal said, “but they have a very good plan for development of the site.”

Because of the dilapidated condition of the 275,000-square-foot concrete building, which has sat vacant for 30 years, Harakal said the structure would have to be demolished.

Temple U. prof to lead Bel Canto choral music teachers workshop

Monday, March 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Internationally-renowned choral-music clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth will work with Allentown School District teachers and other area choral directors in a “Choral Music Teacher Workshop,” presented by the Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

“In the choral music field, everyone knows Rollo [Dilworth],” says Joy Hirokawa, artistic director of Bel Canto. “He is a leader in choral music education. We are really excited about him coming.”

Annual ‘Bach Marathon’ March 24 at St. John’s Church, Allentown

Friday, March 22, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Hear several hours of Baroque music on one of the Lehigh Valley’s most magnificent organs when the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists holds its annual “Bach Marathon,” 3 - 7 p.m. March 24, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

Members and friends of the Guild perform music by Bach and composers who influenced or were influenced by Bach in 30-minute time slots.

Concert Review: Bach ‘Youth Choirs Festival’ glorious at Zoellner

Monday, March 18, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 200 voices young and old rang out with glorious music during the Bach Choir of Bethehem’s “Youth Choirs Festival” at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Four youth choirs with more than 140 talented young singers joined members of Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a delightful concert of music by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and contemporary composers.

El Sistema concert goes to movies

Friday, March 15, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Every day after school at Roosevelt Elementary, dozens of children can be heard tuning their violins and cellos, and warming up their voices.

Students from elementary to high school learn the fundamentals of music, practice playing classical pieces and get some help with their homework in El Sistema Lehigh Valley, patterned after a highly-successful international program.

The dedicated young students are working hard as they get ready to perform in a free El Sistema Lehigh Valley concert, 6 p.m. March 14, Roosevelt Elementary School, 210 W. Susquehanna St., Allentown.

Commissioner announces resignation

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Board thanks Dutt for service, approves township fireworks ordinance

Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt announced at the board meeting March 11 he was stepping down as commissioner, effective March 30. Dutt told the board he had to resign because he and his wife are moving to Emmaus to be near his mother-in-law.

“This is not the end of my political career,” Dutt said. “I will still be here.”

He said he would continue to be president of the board for the Whitehall Active Community Center and would still lead walking tours for the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.

Resident concerned about coyote sightings in Stiles

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Police chief says animals common in area, offers tips to those who see them

Coyotes are found in all counties across Pennsylvania, but most people never see the secretive canine.

That is what concerns Whitehall Township resident Randy Fritz, who said he has spotted one of the elusive predators at least seven times in the last month.

Fritz, who lives in the Stiles section of the township, said he recently spotted a coyote near the basketball court at Stiles Playground, Chestnut Street, just after dusk.

He said he also has seen a coyote outside the fence around the baseball field, as well as by the quarry and along the Ironton Rail Trail.

Courrier’s political cartoons in Civic Theatre514 Gallery exhibit

Friday, March 8, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

For more than 50 years, Ed Courrier has been expressing his opinion through his art.

Now the award-winning editorial cartoonist is being featured in a one-man art exhibition showcasing some of his most memorable cartoons.

“Seeing Red, Feeling Blue: Editorial Cartoons by Ed Courrier” continues through April 28, Civic Theatre514 Gallery, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.

The show, curated by Deborah Rabinsky, features two dozen political cartoons published in the Bethlehem Press and other Lehigh Valley Press weeklies, as well as some unpublished work.

Board talks time limit for fireworks

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Township ordinance would include $1,000 fine if set off after 10:30 p.m.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard a proposed ordinance during its workshop meeting March 4 that would prohibit setting off fireworks after 10:30 p.m. in the township.

Since aerial fireworks, such as Roman candles and bottle rockets, were made legal in Pennsylvania in 2017, it has created something of a “war zone” in the township with people setting off fireworks at all hours, Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt said.