On Sept. 19, executives of Lehigh and Northampton counties gave a combined presentation on the state of the counties. The event was sponsored by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County executive, talked at length about the new voter ballot system, adding it was secure and offered a paper trail for voting. Some of the costs will be offset by state grants.
At its workshop meeting Oct. 1, Coplay Borough Council announced it is doing some tentative planning for an old-fashioned Christmas at Community Plaza.
“We want to have a celebration that is put on by the Community Days committee. Maybe we can spur the same kind of interest that we have for our summer festival,” Councilman Stephen Burker said.
The tentative date is Nov. 22, the unofficial start of the shopping season.
In other business, residents came to the meeting to address some neighborhood disputes.
To help celebrate the borough’s 150th anniversary, Coplay put on a pub crawl Sept. 21 as an end-of-summer event. “Crawlers” moved from one location to another.
“We had a good turnout for the event,” said Councilman Stephen Burker, who coordinated the effort. “It was successful enough that we plan on keeping it for next year, too.”
Participants paid a $10 entry fee that entitled them to special drink pricing, food and prizes at specially noted restaurants and bars.
A four-car pileup occurred approximately 11 a.m. Sept. 21 near the entrance to the Airport Center strip mall on Airport Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
One driver and three passengers, two of whom are juveniles, were reported to have injuries and were transported to local hospitals by Northampton Regional EMS and Cetronia Ambulance Corps.
Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, and Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Department were quickly on the scene.
The investigation is continuing.
On Aug. 15, Coplay native Sophie Osborne went to Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the 82nd Airborne Division, for a ceremony honoring her daughter, Amanda Kesselring.
Kesselring graduated from Whitehall High School in 2014 and enlisted in the Army in 2016. She completed her qualifications as a combat medic and her national EMS certification.
At the ceremony, Kesselring was promoted to sergeant and re-enlisted for another three years. She was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal and was assigned to the 36th Area Support Medical Company.
At its meeting Sept. 10, Coplay Borough Council announced the final two events in the borough’s 150th anniversary celebration.
First up is the Coplay pub crawl Sept. 21. There is a cost to participate. You get a wristband, a poker card from each tavern and VIP privileges. The crawl starts 3:30 p.m. You can get wristbands at the taverns or at the gazebo at the borough’s Community Plaza, North Second and Chestnut streets.
Investors who want to put a brewery in an abandoned building at Oak and Ninth streets in Coplay faced a room full of residents from the quiet neighborhood during an Aug. 29 meeting of the zoning hearing board.
After listening to statements from both sides of the issue, the board approved the request with restrictions.
David Daly, of Lansdale, purchased the building and poured money into the structure to get it cleaned up. Henry Rhoads, of Kutztown, is the brewer, while John Schultz, of Kempton, and Robert Dwinell, of Whitehall, are financial investors.
At its meeting Aug. 20, Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved a request to relocate a nursery from St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catasauqua to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Whitehall.
St. Paul’s, 417 Howertown Road, is under an agreement of sale, although the sale has not been completed. Part of the church was a nursery school that parents used for decades. Parents at the facility wanted to continue the faith-friendly nursery, but the new owners opted instead to close the facility.
East Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department and its mutual aid partners were called to a fire Aug. 19 at the central transportation hub off Chrisphalt Drive.
Officials would not comment on the cause of the fire, but it appears to have originated in a trailer transporting dry goods. The tight quarters called for a heightened response.
Original reports, later considered unfounded, indicated that chemicals were on fire and threatened to spread to other parked units. A similar fire occurred at the terminal a little over a year ago.
At Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s July 18 meeting, the board passed a motion to continue with the proposed solar project despite cost increases from the project’s only bidder, RER Energy Group, of Reading.
CWSA granted the approvals because it had made a commitment to the purchase and would need to pay a penalty to return the materials, mainly the solar panels.
Fast-forward to the meeting Aug. 15 and Darryl Jenkins, the authority’s engineer, reported RER is still working on paperwork, primarily drawings for the new grading plan.