The 39th annual Coplay Community Days festival kicks off Aug. 23 with a concert by the much-loved local band The Aardvarks.
Set for 6-10 p.m., the performance will be held on the Miller Lite Stage, located at Coplay Parkway, Second and Keefer streets.
There is no admission or parking fee for the three-day event, which is run by an all-volunteer crew. There is also no cover charge for any of the six concerts taking place throughout the weekend.
The festival will be held rain or shine. Event hours are 5-10 p.m. Aug. 23 and noon- 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25.
A Whitehall Township woman is one of a reported six people who died recently while on vacation in the Dominican Republic.
Forty-one-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner died May 25, according to spokespersons at the resort she and her husband were staying in. Reports indicate the couple checked in that day at Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville, La Romana. Schaup-Werner collapsed soon after she had a drink from the minibar.
Five days later, a Maryland couple was found dead in their room at Grand Bahia Principe, also in La Romana.
Memorial Day services are planned across the region. The public is invited to attend the programs, organized by local veterans groups to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve and protect our freedoms.
• Stanley W. Reinhard American Legion Post 426 will hold services May 26 at the following locations:
Noon — Coplay Saengerbund memorial, South Fifth Street
12:10 p.m. — St. Peter cemetery, South Fifth Street
12:20 p.m. — St. John’s cemetery, South Ruch Street, Stiles
12:30 p.m. — Stiles memorial, Chestnut Street
The American Red Cross is providing aid to displaced residents and a GoFundMe account has been created for the family of a man who died in a fire Dec. 7 in Fullerton.
Emergency personnel were called to Spring Ridge Apartments, North 13th Street, about 9:30 p.m. According to a report on the Whitehall Township Bureau of Fire’s Facebook page, police officers were first on the scene and escorted residents from the complex’s J building.
Whitehall police and fire department personnel were called to a home on Juniper Drive Sept. 21 for the report of an explosion.
According to the report, the emergency call was made just before 3:30 a.m.
Whitehall Police Lt. Gregory Bealer confirmed an unspecified device was located at the scene. Allentown Bomb Squad and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were called to assist.
As of press time Wednesday, Bealer said the incident remained under investigation and no other information was available.
Area veterans groups and other organizations will honor military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice with ceremonies and services this weekend.
• St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mickleys, 2918 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, will host a worship service 9:30 a.m. Also participating in the event are both Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and Hokendauqua American Legion Post 739 members.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong will be the guest speaker.
Five candidates are vying for just four seats on Whitehall-Coplay School Board in the Nov. 7 municipal election.
William Fonzone Sr., Wayne A. Grim and George Williams are cross-filed on both the Democratic and Republican (D/R) ballots.
Joseph Shields is a Democrat (D).
George Makhoul is running on the Republican (R) ticket.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: How should public education be funded?
Only one candidate responded:
GEORGE WILLIAMS (D/R)
Six candidates are seeking three seats on the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 7 municipal election. Three candidates are running on the Democratic (D) ticket; three are registered Republicans (R).
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should voters choose you?
Their responses follow.
SHAWN E. CLARY (D)
A GoFundMe account created to benefit the children of slain Whitehall Township resident Kelsy Thomson has surpassed its goal in just five days.
The fundraising site, set up to honor the memory of Kelsy Thomson, who was killed June 7 in her Whitehall home, will “help fulfill Kelsy’s dreams for her daughters in her absence,” according to the fund drive organizers.
A $25,000 goal had been set. On Wednesday morning, $25,360 had already been raised.
Whitehall Township police were called Wednesday afternoon to a home in the 1900 block of Belleview Drive, where a man and a woman were found dead.
The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the deaths of Kelsy Lynn Thomson, 35, and Brian E. Thomson, 41, both of 1926 Belleview Drive. Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl pronounced Kelsy Lynn Thomson dead at 3:18 p.m. and Brian Thomson dead at 3:20 p.m.
Initial reports said the incident was a murder-suicide, but police have not confirmed that.