Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Emergency personnel called to East Allen Twp. trailer fire

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

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.

Delays to CWSA solar project continue

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Coplay getting ready for Community Days festival

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its workshop session Aug. 6, Coplay Borough Council recommended approval of a lease for the pavilion and the parkway as it prepares for the annual Community Days festival, to be held Aug. 23-25.

“This is a great annual event for us,” Councilman Stephen Burker said. “The participation grows every year. People travel here from all over the Lehigh Valley.”

Community Days provides a great source of revenue for the borough and keeps tax dollars low.

Grand reopening

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hokendauqua Post 739 hosts ribbon cutting, honors longtime members

Hokendauqua turned out in force July 27 to cut the ribbon on the remodeled home for Jones-Quigg American Legion Post 739.

The day observed the 75th anniversary of the Post’s founding and the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. But the greatest celebration was the reopening of the building, which was destroyed by fire July 25, 2016.

Faith Lutheran looks to open doors to Catty kids

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Parents of closing day care seek new center; zoning hearing to be held

St. Paul’s Child Care Center, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, have reached an agreement so the day care service can operate from the township church.

The original closing for the Catasauqua child care center was scheduled for July 26, but that has been moved to Aug. 9. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, which housed the day care center, was bought by an outside group, the Al Mustafa Center. The final church service for the St. Paul’s congregation was June 2.

On-again, off-again solar plan still viable

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

CWSA board approves new system; Eberhart Rd. project set to start in fall

At its meeting July 15, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority resuscitated its solar project for the Eberhart Road pumping station.

At last month’s meeting, the board was stunned at the cost of correcting soil stability conditions around the solar panel array. The elaborate support system required for the solar arrays initially put the price of the project out of reach.

Borough denies recreational fee change

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council wants payment upfront; funds could help with Saylor Park plans

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting July 9, council members denied a request by David Scheuermann, of DVS Enterprises, for relief on recreational fee payments for his proposed apartment complex on Second Street.

DVS Enterprises Inc. has a plan to develop 48 residential apartments in six buildings at 250 N. Second St. in Coplay. A portion of the property, less than 10 percent of the total, is in Whitehall.

Burker: ‘Neighbors helping neighbors’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay welcomed Catty residents to pool

At the Coplay Borough Council workshop meeting July 2, Councilman Stephen Burker explained how Coplay Borough opened Coplay Parkway Pool to Catasauqua Borough residents when Catasauqua was dealing with a leak at its pool.

“As soon as we were aware that the pool was closed in Catasauqua, I called our pool manager, Tiffany Benson, and gave her authorization to give Coplay’s lowest rate to Catasauqua season pass holders. It was a hot and humid weekend,” he said.

“This is a simple philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors,” Burker said.

The Catasauqua pool reopened July 5.

CWSA’s solar power application begins to dim

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Board to review costs for Eberhart Rd. pump station project at next meeting

At its regular meeting June 20, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s board examined the solar power project for the Eberhart Road pump station.

The project was originally conceived as a way to reduce electrical power provided by power plants and replace it with solar power.

Youngiefest sets eyes on the future

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

(This is the second and final part of this feature on Joe Young and his Youngiefest event.)

When Joe Young put together his first Youngiefest celebration, it was a gathering of his former students who had gone on to become successful businessmen.

“When I talked to these men and realized what they have accomplished, it keyed something in my mind,” Young said. “Some students in schools today are bored with traditional school classroom instruction, just like some of the people in my classes.”

This year’s Youngiefest was held May 18 at Victor C. Talotta Park, Cementon.