Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, April 21, 2019

CTC discusses vaping, career education among WCSD students

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

During the Communities That Care meeting Feb. 22 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, the group discussed vaping and career education. There was also discussion regarding the connection Whitehall-Coplay School District students feel to their schools and some students who are taking an active role in identifying concerns in the district.

Communities That Care presents awards during annual meeting

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Whitehall-Coplay Communities That Care held its annual meeting Jan. 17 at Fellowship Community, Whitehall. This event was filled with awards, a description on what the group has been up to this past year and a presentation from a featured speaker from the Center for Children’s Justice.

The CTC presented three Community Champion awards. These individuals, or groups, played a significant role in the CTC and its programming over the past year.

Whitehall couple gives back to community this holiday season

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Joe and Carol Polenchar love getting into the spirit of the holiday season.

Each year, they set up an elaborate musical and light display featuring computer-animated effects at their home at 36 Franklin St., Whitehall. The lights change and move in time with festive music to create an experience for the viewers who come from all around the Lehigh Valley. This year will mark the eighth anniversary of the display, which started as something fun for the Polenchars’ grandchildren and neighbors.

Communities That Care identifies priorities from PAYS data

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

The Communities That Care (CTC) group continued analyzing the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) data at a well- attended meeting Oct. 26 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

The survey is taken every two years by middle school students in sixth and eighth grades and high school sophomores and seniors. The data collected allows the community group and school district to see different risk and protective factors for the students and to identify priorities for the future.

Steckel Elementary students are STARS

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Steckel Elementary School students are encouraged and recognized for their good deeds and positive attitudes.

Steckel held a schoolwide positive behavior assembly Sept. 27 in the gymnasium of Whitehall High School. This event was filled with encouraging words, relay races and memorable performances. Students and staff wore maroon, gold and white to show their Zephyr mascot pride.

WHS band marches to victory

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Music in Motion home show set for Oct. 20

Whitehall-Coplay residents are accustomed to cheering the Whitehall High School sports teams to victory, and now, there’s a new medal winner in town.

The Whitehall Marching Zephyr Band (MZB) is making great strides in the marching band world. The unit competes in the Cavalcade of Bands circuit in the American Open Class category.

Northampton man killed in Whitehall Twp. collision

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Police Log

A Northampton man was killed Oct. 11 in a two-vehicle crash in Whitehall Township.

According to Whitehall police, the motor vehicle accident occurred approximately 3:30 p.m. on Ruchsville Road, between South Church and Bridge streets.

Brock Weiss, 28, was the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead just after 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the scene, Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Raymond Anthony said.

Anthony ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death as an accident.

Fun for all in the fall

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Festivities begin this weekend

The fall season is upon us, and Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough are ready to celebrate the cooler weather and upcoming Halloween holiday.

Oct. 6 is a big day in Whitehall Township.

The township will host three fun-filled events — the annual parade, car show and fall festival.

Whitehall’s fall parade begins 10 a.m. This year, the parade will feature a Halloween theme and will be held rain or shine.