Whitehall High School recognized three alumni April 25 during the WHS National Honor Society induction ceremony. Receiving the 2013 Zephyr Graduates Distinction award are, from left, Dr. John W. Miller Class of 1967; M. Jack Sedovy, Class of 1957; and Eric M Strohl, Class of 1990. The award was established to recognize graduates of WHS who have achieved significant accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, music, the arts, civic and/or military service, community service as well as significant personal achievement. The nominee must also meet the selection criteria.
Tyler Bernard Smith, 32, of Northampton, died in his home May 14, 2013. He was the husband of Chanan (Cortez) Smith. They celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary this year.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of Thomas Benner and Brenda Smith.
He worked as an electrician for Edison Electric and was an apprentice and a member of IBEW 375 since 2005.
He was a Marine Corps vet who served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait.
Meryl "Tex" H. Semmel, 83, of Allentown, died May 20, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospice-Inpatient unit, Allentown. He was the husband of Olga P. (Pekurny) for 60 years.
Born in Mahoning Township, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Kidden) Semmel.
He was in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
He worked in the maintenance department of the former Tarkett Manufacturning, Whitehall, for many years until he retired in 1992.
He was a member of St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.
Alvin Newton Bugbee Jr., 90, of Catasauqua, died May 19, 2013. He was the husband of Monica (Hefele) Bugbee for 63 years.
Born in Trenton, N.J., he was a son of the late Alvin Newton Bugbee and Helen Horn of Catasauqua.
He was a Catasauqua High School graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University. He was a graduate of Infantry Officer's Candidate School.
Second and Chestnut streets in Coplay was the site of the Coplay Fire Department's annual coin toss Saturday. Firefighters manned the intersection with boots and containers to collect money for fire department equipment. Here, firefighter Brandyn Bechtel accepts a donation from Diane Budner of Bethlehem Township.
· Communities That Care presentation – 7 p.m. Trinity United Church of Christ, 17 N. Third St., Coplay. Part of the experiencing community service. Information: Janet Ebert at 610-262-8933.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Information: Dick Lobach, 610-965-2598.
The Steelworkers Archives will conduct tours of the former Bethlehem Steel plant 4-8 p.m. June 7, July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6.
A former steelworker will be speaking at each station along the walk.
Call 610-861-0600 or 610-751-0794 for information and reservations.
Congressman Charlie Dent has reintroduced the National Heritage Area Act as H.R. 445. The bill would govern the 49 existing National Heritage Areas (NHAs) and establish standardized criteria by which future areas will be designated.
Leadership Lehigh Valley (LLV), which identifies and trains emerging leaders from the region, is now accepting applications for the September 2014 program.
Group members will explore personal and community issues and broaden their knowledge of the greater Lehigh Valley during the monthly one-day sessions.
LLV graduates find placement on a broad spectrum of the region's nonprofit boards, providing strategic direction, financial oversight and philanthropic support in health care, education, social services, environmental and arts organizations.
Whitehall's baseball team captured their first-ever LVC title with a 5-2 victory over Parkland at Hackett Park on Wednesday night.
For the second-straight day, the Zephs got a strong pitching performance, this time from Elliot Mortimer. Mortimer allowed nine hits over seven innings while fanning six and not allowing a walk. It came a day after Jeff Wloczewski blanked Emmaus 2-0 in the semifinals. (See story in this week's edition of the Whitehall-Coplay Press)