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College Corner

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Area students earn degrees

Kutztown University

Kutztown University has conferred degrees for more than 550 students for the fall 2019 semester and winter 2020 session. Kutztown University announces degree conferment twice a year — once in the winter and once in the summer. Commencement exercises are held in May and December; however, students finish the requirements for graduation throughout the entire year.

The cumulative GPA necessary for honors distinction is with honor (cum laude), 3.4; with high honor (magna cum laude), 3.6; and with highest honor (summa cum laude), 3.8.

Coplay: Egg hunt canceled

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association has canceled the community Easter egg hunt, originally scheduled for April 11, on the grounds of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church on Fifth Street.

It is the first time in decades the egg hunt will not be held.


The closure of borough hall has caused Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association to mull over alternatives on how to get the food to the 21 families and individuals who use the food bank.

Association President Rick Hess reported various ideas are being discussed by the board to ensure patrons are taken care of.

Remembering: Weaversville Academy


Ms. Susan Jenkins, who researched the Weaver family history, provided us with a rare segment of local history, a Weaversville Academy circular and catalog from 1858. The public school system we have today dates back to 1834 when the state of Pennsylvania created the common school system.

The law was a major accomplishment of Gov. George Wolf. Wolf, of German lineage, was born in what is now East Allen Township. The restored Wolf Academy in the township preserves the Wolf legacy.

Coplay: Borough municipal building is closed

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Coplay’s municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St., is closed for two weeks, according to Paul Boyle, public works director.

The youth basketball programs and aerobic classes are canceled. The fitness room on the second floor is also closed.

The police station hours, public works and garbage collection services remain intact.


Coplay Sports has suspended baseball and softball programs.

Further updates will be announced as information is received.


Hokendauqua: Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative cancels community meal

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Columns

The April 5 Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative community meal at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church has been canceled for health and safety reasons.


Mark your calendar for First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua’s flea market and yard sale, at this time set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25 at the 3005 S. Front St. church.


Hokey Athletic Association is looking for volunteer cheering coaches.

An upbeat, positive attitude is required. Those interested must be a team player and be able to follow roles and duties assigned by the head coach.

Catasauqua: Lenten dinner canceled, take-out sale continues

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Columns

St. Mary’s Catholic Church has canceled its Lenten dinner planned for March 20.

The church is still having its Lenten take-out sale of cabbage and noodles, egg salad, egg salad with green olives or tuna salad with hard-boiled egg.

Pick-up is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. April 2.

For prices or other information, call the parish office at 610-264-0332.

If anyone prepaid for a fish dinner, contact the parish office regarding your refund or email kim.stmarys122@gmail.com.


Northampton: Dog Tags program will not be held

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Hampton Lanes has canceled the March 21 third annual veterans benefit.


Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., is still holding its Lenten crabcake dinner 5-7 p.m. March 20, but it will be only take-out meals. No inside seating will be available.

The dinner includes a baked potato, coleslaw, roll and butter, dessert and a beverage. Chicken fingers will be available for adults and children.

As of press time, another dinner is planned for March 27.

For more information and cost, call 610-262-7186.



Monday, March 16, 2020 by The Press in Columns


• Catasauqua Rotary Club organizational meeting, 5:30 p.m., at Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua. Information: Denise Continenza at 610-391-9840


• Lenten crabcake dinner, 5-7 p.m., at Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., Northampton. Another dinner will be held March 27. Information and cost: 610-262-7186


• Ironton Rail Trail historical walk (approximately 7 miles), 9 a.m., at the barn of Whitehall Parkway, 4041 Chestnut St., Whitehall. Information: rail.trail@yahoo.com

Coplay: IRT group seeks trail paving details

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by The Press in Columns

The Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission is meeting with Lehigh County officials to determine when the trail under the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will be paved.

The commission stated it had been promised such paving would take place in conjunction with the construction of the new bridge.

There are still some finishing touches to be performed by construction crews to finalize the bridge work.

There will also be a bronze plaque placed on the bridge commemorating the dates and names of those involved with the bridge project.


Fullerton: Cash bingo event set for March 22

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by The Press in Columns

There will be a cash bingo 2 p.m. March 22 at the West Catasauqua Park building, 2301 Pine St.

Doors open 1 p.m.

There will be specials, a 50/25/25 raffle and gift card basket raffle.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

All proceeds benefit the programs at the Whitehall Active Community Center.

For price and other information, contact either Chris at 610-820-0316 or Diane at 610-799-2644.


St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., is planning a gift card bingo March 27.

Doors open 6 p.m., and bingo starts 7 p.m.