Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

‘A small but mighty team’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Whitehall Township resident member of Two Rivers Roller Derby league

Looking for a way to have fun, meet new people and maybe get a little bruised up in the process? Interested in a fun community event involving an exciting, full-contact sport? Look no further — roller derby is the place for you.

Two Rivers Roller Derby is a nonprofit, inclusive, flat track roller derby league serving Eastern Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey.

“We aim to provide a haven of athleticism, sportsmanship and fun,” boasts the league’s Facebook page.

The league was launched in 2012 and is comprised of women ranging in ages from late teens to their forties.

Superintendent details initiatives planned for school district

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

The Whitehall Communities That Care group met May 17 to discuss updates in the school district, alternative presentations on social hosting and more.

Dr. Lorie Hackett, Whitehall-Coplay School District superintendent, outlined many of the new initiatives happening in the district.

One of the new updates involves mental health. The district is looking to add a school-based mental health program. It will be partnering with Lehigh Valley Health Network.

“It’s been a need in our district,” Hackett said.

Graduates of Distinction

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Whitehall High School alumni are honored

The 2019 Zephyr Graduates of Distinction for Whitehall-Coplay School District were recognized May 2 at a ceremony at Whitehall High School.

Robert L. Gilly, Class of 1966; F. Todd Polinchock, Class of 1981; Kristine Marakovits Roddick, Class of 1992; and Douglas M. Lieberman, Class of 1993, were all recognized for their personal and professional achievements.

Gilly attended Kutztown University and Lehigh University. He also received his principal certification and superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Lehigh University.

Whitehall grad excels in ROTC

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in

Whitehall resident and Whitehall High School graduate Angela Stella is a cadet with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 752 at Wilkes University.

According to Lt. Col. Robert Hartmann, U.S. Air Force commander of ROTC Detachment 752, Stella has received several Air Force ROTC medals and honors for her outstanding performance.

“In the fall of 2018, she received the Meritorious Service Medal for her dedication, drive and devotion to duty as the cadet wing commander (highest cadet position),” Hartmann said.

A swing for Alice

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Students surprise peer with special equipment

April 30 was a special day for Alice Eilan, a second-grade student at Steckel Elementary School. Only a week after her eighth birthday, students and administration surprised Alice with a swing just for her.

Alice is confined to a wheelchair or a walker after a brain injury that left her with orthopedic and speech and language impairments. According to her family and the staff at Steckel Elementary, these challenges have done nothing to dull Alice’s spirit. Alice’s smile is famous among the halls at the school, along with her cheerful demeanor and playful spirit.

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.