Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stiles: Fair opens June 25

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The 70th annual Cement Belt Fair will begin June 25 and run through June 30 at Cementon Park.

The fair is open 6-11 p.m.

Stop by and enjoy some delicious food and entertainment! The kids are sure to love the rides, too.

The fair always closes with a spectacular fireworks show, so pay attention to the night sky June 30. Stiles residents may be able to catch a glimpse of fireworks from their front or back porches.


Summer officially arrived 6:07 a.m. June 21.

We are finally entering into some warmer — even hot — weather.

Guest View

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Pennsylvania journalists work to deliver fact-based news

Newspaper staffs across the commonwealth work tirelessly, day in and day out, to deliver fact-based news and information.

It is the pledge of dedicated journalists, who are also fellow members of the community, to report real, honest and credible news.

In an era of misinformation and fake news dissemination, it’s even more important to know newspapers are a reliable resource that delivers accurate, fair and unbiased reporting from which you may form your own opinions.

John A. Kozero Jr.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

John A. Kozero Jr., 83, died June 10, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Marie (Huber) Kozero for 57 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late John and Theresa (Hujsa) Kozero.

He was a Northampton High School graduate and had continuing education in metallurgy.

He was in the U.S. National Guard from 1957 to 1963 as a special task force sharpshooter, a meteorologist and in the Military Police.

He worked for many years at Bethlehem Steel and then at Mack Trucks Inc. for 24 years, until he retired.

Mary Janitz

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Sacred Heart of Jesus church member

Mary Janitz, 96, of Northampton, died June 15, 2018, at home. She was the wife of the late John “Slim” F. Janitz.

Born in Ormrod, she was a daughter of the late John and Suzana (Csernak) Novak.

She worked at various mills over the years and retired as a presser at the former Sportett Fashions.

She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Bath.

Fullerton: Training for altar servers to begin

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Columns

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., has announced that all students soon to enter fifth through eighth grades are invited to be trained as altar servers.

Training will take place June 25-28.

Call Mary Spieker at 610-266-0695 if interested.


St. John’s United Church of Christ, 585 Grape St., will be having its Vacation Bible School 5:45-8 p.m. July 23-27.

This year’s program is titled “River Rapids.”

For more information, call 610-264-8421.


Whitehall police

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


Suspicious activity on MacArthur Road and Highland and Fuller streets was reported.

Officers investigated a theft in the 3700 block of Lehigh Street.

The department responded to a report of a wanted person on Kay Drive.

Animal complaints on Mickley Road and Hillside Avenue were addressed.

Disturbances on MacArthur Road and Mickley Avenue were investigated.

A suspicious person in the 2900 block of MacArthur Road was reported.


Phillip Sassano

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Phillip Sassano, 46, of Catasauqua, died June 13, 2018.

He was a son of Peter and the late Laureen Sassano.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

He was a toy collector and an artist.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two sisters, Adriana and her husband Joseph DiNenno Jr. of Coatesville and Stefanie and her husband Erik Schrampf of Whitehall; and five nieces and nephews, Kennedy and Sadie DiNenno and Luke, Aiden and Claire Schrampf.

He was predeceased by a brother, Michael.

Services are private.

Dr. Donald J. Chaputa

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Chaputa & Drabick PC optometrist

Dr. Donald J. Chaputa, 83, of Allentown, died June 10, 2018, at Luther Crest personal care home, Allentown. He was the husband of Gloria I. (George) Chaputa for 59 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Stephen and Julia (Shattuck) Chaputa.

He was a 1952 graduate of Whitehall High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College in 1954 and a doctorate from the Pennsylvania School of Optometry, Philadelphia, in 1958.

He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961.