Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fullerton: Preschool to host open house

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., announces preschool classes opening in August.

There will be an open house 6-8 p.m. April 16 with light snacks donated by Chick-fil-A.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call St. John’s UCC Christian Early Learning Center at 610-443-0254 or email staff@stjohnslearningcenter.com.


The Golden Agers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church reminds members that May anniversary tickets are on sale.

Call Maria Sweeney at 610-432-7562 for tickets. The deadline for tickets is April 27.

Whitehall library: Artists are welcome to perform at open mic night April 16

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The third Monday open mic and jam night will be 6:30 p.m. April 16.

Musicians, singers, poets, comedians, actors, writers, storytellers, etc., come show off your stuff! Or just come and be part of the audience. Entertainers interested in performing three songs or a 15-minute set are asked to sign up just before 6:30 p.m.

Thank you to Rocking the Valley online radio.


The third Tuesday movie night will be 6:15 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

The April 17 movie will be “Justice League,” and the May 15 movie will be “Jumanji — Welcome to the Jungle.”

Golf outing is May 19

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Masonic lodge

Greenleaf Lodge No. 561 F&AM will be hosting its 28th annual Stanley H. Roth Master’s Golf Tournament May 19 at the Allentown Municipal Golf Course.

The day’s activities include 7 a.m. registration with coffee and doughnuts, 7:20 a.m. putting contest and 8 a.m. shotgun start (rain or shine).

Immediately following the four-person scramble golf tournament, there will be a luncheon at the Allentown Municipal pavilion.

There is a cost per golfer.

Dorith Allen Riggall

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Dorith Allen Riggall, 88, of Whitehall, died March 30, 2018, at Fellowship Manor. She was the wife of the late Rev. Russell T. Allen and Rev. John H. Riggall.

Born in Quakertown, she was a daughter of Paul and Viola Stoneback.

She is survived by four children, Cheryl, David, Daniel and Cherene; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Velma Shelly and Ruth Stoneback.

Arrangements were made by Robert C. Weir Funeral Home, Allentown.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Local News



Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


Whitehall Township Planning Commission holds a workshop meeting 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m., in the public meeting room at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


Mary Solderich

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Peter Roman Catholic Church member

Mary Solderich, 98, died March 27, 2018, in her home in Coplay. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Solderich.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline (Deutsch) Wandler.

She was a sewing machine operator for several local garment mills before retiring.

She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay, where she made pierogies. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

She was part of the Coplay Senior Citizens group.

Participants are needed

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Memorial Day parade

Organizers of Easton’s Memorial Day parade are calling for participants.

Participants will meet 10 a.m. May 28 at Sixth and Walnut streets, Easton, and step-off is set for 10:30 a.m.

The parade will end at Scott Park for closing ceremonies.

Before the parade, Brown & Lynch American Legion Post 9 will render honors at the Grand Army of the Republic plot in the Easton cemetery. This is set for 9 a.m., and the public is invited.

Gary R. Townsend

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Mack Trucks technician

Gary R. Townsend, 62, of Bethlehem, died March 28, 2018, at his residence.

Born in Salisbury, Md., he was a son of the late Russell Townsend and Margaret “Peggy” (Christopher) Townsend of Northampton.

He was a final technician for Mack Trucks for 32 years before retiring in 2006.

He was a former member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Bethlehem. He renovated houses and apartments.

Northampton: Spring tea to be held April 29

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Quota Club International of Northampton is sponsoring a women’s spring tea 1-4 p.m. April 29 at Weaversville Inn, 6916 Weaversville Road.

This event will include the luncheon, a silent auction and a fashion show presented by Dress Barn.

Proceeds will benefit the scholarship program for speech and hearing studies.

For cost, reservations and other information, call Kelly Frantz at 610-262-7826 or Anita Achey at 610-262-0623.


The 2018 Festival of Bands will be held 2:30 p.m. April 29 in the auditorium of Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Ave.

Willard A. Gower Sr.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church member

Willard A. Gower Sr., 84, formerly of Whitehall, died April 4, 2018, at the Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband of Miriam A. (Delahunty) Gower for 63 years.

Born in West Pittston, he was a son of the late Otto and Pearl (Traher) Bower.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy from Washington & Jefferson College.

He was in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era.

He was a systems engineer at IBM in both Philadelphia and Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for 25 years before he retired in 1989.