Reph’s Complete Auto Care, 102 S. Second St., Coplay, celebrated its fifth anniversary Sept. 28 as a business in the borough.
Councilman Steve Burker read a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Dean Molitoris, who was away on business.
Burker also commented on how fortunate the 1-square-mile community is to have a business like Reph’s. Burker spoke about how Coplay does not have the luxury and resources that larger municipalities do, so it is important for the locals to help each other.
The response has been overwhelming since the original plaque of Saquon Barkley was permanently mounted and displayed at the corner of the borough plaza and gazebo on North 2nd Street in Coplay.
Over a year ago on March 14, Barkley was presented a replica of the original plaque presented by the Barkley Day Committee which hosted Saquon Barkley Day and attracted thousands of people and media to Coplay.
After a few minor delays, the committee decided it was time to get the plaque mounted to share with Barkley fans everywhere.
Coplay Borough’s 150th anniversary committee hosted a full house April 6 during the kickoff to a yearlong celebration.
A gala, held at the American Club of Coplay pavilion, capped the daylong event that also included a carriage ride for borough and area dignitaries and the opening of a time capsule buried at the veterans memorial on Chestnut Street.
The American Club event featured speeches by Coplay officials and special guest Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Entertainment was provided by A Few Good Men.
Jacob Hausman achieved the rank of Eagle Scout Dec. 15, 2018, at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony, held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fullerton.
Hausman graduated from Whitehall High School in 2018 and is currently attending Kutztown University, where he is majoring in elementary education (pre-K through 4).
More than 25 members of American Club of Coplay volunteered their time Sept. 19 to make the group’s 2 millionth hoagie at the club pavilion.
The club started selling hoagies Feb. 18, 1985. At that time, they sold 1,816 hoagies.
Club president Jerry Deutsch said, “The American Club purchased the equipment from the Keystone Cops in 1985 when the hoagies were still being made at the Hall Street location in Coplay. We moved the equipment to the American Club pavilion in March of 2004, and we are still using the same equipment today.”
They have made 1,012 hoagies per hour.
During a campaign kickoff Nov. 13, Jeanne McNeill urged everyone to vote in the Dec. 5 special election.
The special election is required to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of McNeill’s husband, Daniel.
A few weeks ago, Coplay Borough Council President Lou Bodish suggested council members gather at the Coplay end of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge to share memories about the bridge and have a photo taken for placement in a time capsule planned for Coplay’s 150th birthday celebration in 2019.
The conversation among the officials turned to the struggles local businesses and establishments will face over the next three years while the bridge is under construction.
On June 3, Lehigh Valley Community Benefit will be holding its second annual Sommer Fest bike ride and benefit. The event, rain or shine, will honor the life and memory of Joe Sommer Jr., who was tragically murdered in a senseless act of violence last year.
Lehigh Valley Community Benefit has been supporting Lehigh Valley families affected by tragedies since 2010. The group also donates to first responders, veterans organizations, animal shelters and other nonprofit charities — with a focus on “paying it forward.”
The King and the Possum New Year’s Eve Spectacular with Elvis tribute artist Andy Svrcek had a special guest during the evening of Dec. 31 at American Club of Coplay. Nathan Pittorf, of Buffalo, N.Y., sang with the Elvis impersonator at a fundraiser benefit for Ronald McDonald House’s charities. One-hundred percent of the proceeds went to the organization.
Heavy metal band Quiet Riot entertained a large crowd Sept. 8 at the Gin Mill and Grille, Northampton.
More than 100 tickets were sold for the concert, held at the 1750 Main St. bar/restaurant.
According to Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot founder and drummer, “We played in Allentown over 30 years ago. We enjoy playing for all size venues, small and personal, like the Gin Mill, to big arenas.
“My favorite songs to play are “Mental Health” and “Bang Your Head.” My favorite venues are Madison Square Garden, N.Y., and Los Angelos Forum.”