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Coplay crawl a hit

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Crash closes Airport Road at mall

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

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.

Kesselring earns rank of sergeant

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Coplay 150th celebration in final stages

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough pub crawl set for Sept. 21; closing ceremony to be held Oct. 19

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.

Zoning board OKs brewery in borough

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Establishment planned for Oak, Ninth 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.

Zoners OK day care addition to Faith Lutheran

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

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.