Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Shamrock Stroll set for March 17

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Whitehall Township

Shamrock Stroll set for March 17

Whitehall Township Bureau of Recreation is hosting its first-ever Shamrock Stroll, starting 11 a.m. March 17.

The 2-mile walk will be at Whitehall Parkway, 4689 S. Church St.

There is no registration necessary for this free event.

There is off-street parking available.

All pets must be on a leash.

For more information, contact the recreation bureau at 610-437-5524, ext. 135.

Coplay Public Library: Purchase your 50/50 raffle tickets at Coplay Public Library

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Coplay Public Library is running a 50/50 raffle during the month of February. Tickets are on sale at the library.

The drawing will be held noon March 1.


Coplay Borough is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. We would like you to help us take part in the festivities!

If you have any photographs, mementos or keepsakes of Coplay, we would love to borrow them to display in the library. Anything you could tell us about the objects would also be a great help. We will display your name with the items.

Michael “ Bubba” Wade Drayer

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Michael “Bubba” Wade Drayer, 34, of Catasauqua and formerly of Hershey, died Feb. 13, 2019.

He was the son of Roger and Roberta Drayer and was a stepson of Tara Drayer.

He graduated from Catasauqua High School.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Jesse and his wife Carrie; and two sisters, Melissa and Megan.

Contributions may be made in his name to New Bethany Ministries, 333 W. Fourth St., Bethlehem, 18015.

Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc, Catasauqua.

Catasauqua: Community lunch planned for Feb. 23

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., will be offering a free community lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 23.


Holy Trinity is hosting a concert by Moravian College’s concert choir 3 p.m. Feb. 24.

There is no charge for this musical program, but a freewill offering will be accepted.


The Legionnaires of the Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second St., will be having an all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 24.

There will be scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, French toast, SOS, juice, coffee and tea.

Coplay: A look back on Second Street

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The Coplay 150th anniversary committee meets 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to continue finalizing plans for the celebrations. The fun begins with a banquet scheduled for April 6 at the American Club of Coplay pavilion.

All this talk about the anniversary has brought about more interest in the borough’s history. Here is a flashback to when Second Street was the focus of commercial, social and recreational activities.

Dorothy M. Smith

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former WCSD cafeteria worker

Dorothy “Dot” M. (Ritter) Smith, 96, of Fullerton, died Feb. 6, 2019, at Fellowship Manor. She was the wife of the late Douglas H. Smith.

Born in Fullerton, she was a daughter of the late John P. and Mary R. (Snyder) Ritter.

She was a 1939 Whitehall High School graduate.

She worked in the cafeterias of Whitehall-Coplay School District for many years until she retired.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.

William H. Young

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Schnecksville

William H. Young, 82, of Schnecksville, died Feb. 14, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Kisthardt) Young for 44 years.

Born in Laurys Station, he was the son of the late Harry W. and Mary E. (Seidel) Young.

He was a payroll specialist for the Bethlehem Steel Company for 28 years, retiring in 1993.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David W. of Round Rock, Texas, and Richard W. LaBarre of Slatington; and two grandchildren, Patricia and Ricky.

Dale R. Baker

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former principal of Whitehall High School

Dale R. Baker, 87, of North Whitehall Township, died Feb. 15, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Margaret A. (Regec) Baker for 64 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Robert O. and Edith (Dieter) Baker.

He was a 1949 Catasauqua High School graduate. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University, attended Albright College and Michigan University for his principal’s certification and earned a Master of Education degree from Temple University.

Cementon/Egypt: Egypt church plans roast beef dinner

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Egypt Community Church, 4129 S. Church St., is hosting a roast beef dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

The public is invited.

Tickets will be available at the door, and take-out meals will be available.

Call 610-262-4961 for ticket information.

In case of inclement weather, the dinner will be postponed until March 2.


HPPA is hosting a designer purse bingo, featuring Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Vera Bradley items, April 28 at Victor C. Talotta Park in Cementon. Doors open noon, and bingo begins 1 p.m.