Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, September 21, 2019

District News: Register now for annual Color Splash Run Sept. 22

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in School

Join the fun at Zephyr Elementary School’s second Color Splash Run, set for noon Sept. 22. It is being held in the Whitehall football field parking lot. Regular parking will be at the high school parking lot and the Schadt Avenue playground.

To register, visit https://secure.getactivefundraising.com/event/2019---Zephyr-Elementary--....

If you have any questions, contact Ashley Koren at korena@whitehallcoplay.org.


Coplay Public Library: Calling all ‘Downton Abbey’ enthusiasts

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Join us 1 p.m. Sept. 21 for a special salute to “Downton Abbey.” We will be showing the first and last episodes of the popular show, followed by group discussion and a lovely tea party served by an enthusiastic staff.

RSVP to the library at 610-262-7351 or by email at coplaypubliclibrary@gmail.com.


Need some laughs? Come to a comedy night benefiting the library at Wisecrackers Comedy Club at Ramada Inn, 1500 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, Sept. 21. Doors open 8 p.m., and the show runs 9-11 p.m.

There is a cost.

John W. Bechtold

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Fullerton American Legion member

John W. Bechtold, 90, formerly of Fullerton and Walnutport, died Sept. 9, 2019, in Bloomsburg. He was the husband of the late Phyllis M. (Schaffer) Bechtold.

Born in Fullerton, he was a son of the late John K. and Helen (Parker) Bechtold.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Orion.

He worked for 35 years before retiring from the maintenance department at Tarkett, Whitehall.

He was a member of the former St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua.

He was a charter and life member of Fullerton American Legion Post 367.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Forty-two years ago Sept. 18, a remarkable photo was taken.

On Sept. 18, 1977, Voyager 1 captured Earth and the moon in the same photo shot by a spacecraft from deep space.

Voyager 1, launched 13 days earlier from Cape Canaveral, Fla., was en route to the outer reaches of the solar system with the particular mission of glimpsing Jupiter and Saturn, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

This was not the first shot of the neighboring pair.

Pauline A. Minnich

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

resident of Fellowship Terrace

Pauline A. Minnich, formerly of Walnutport, died Sept. 14, 2019, at Fellowship Terrace, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Darwin “Chubby” Minnich.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late George and Beulah (Gangaware) Haydt.

She entered the Army Air Corps in April of 1945 and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, as a surgical technician. She was discharged in 1947 as a staff sergeant.

She held various nursing aide positions at Quakertown and Haaf hospitals and Leader and Rau residential nursing homes.

Hokendauqua: Send in your Hokey news!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Does your Hokendauqua church, club or organization have news for this column? Contact me at skoch@tnonline.com with your information by Sept. 27 to meet the deadline. This column will next run Oct. 3.

Thank you for helping get news out to community members of Hokendauqua.


Reminder: On Oct. 15, First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St., will host a Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative community meal from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Call 610-264-9693 for more information.

Election Policy

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

A message

As we approach the Nov. 5 Municipal Election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by or about those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 3 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races in news stories generated by our own reporters.