Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, July 10, 2020

Whitehall Township Public Library: Whitehall Township Public Library explores new system

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

We are going to try something new at Whitehall Township Public Library.

Since we will be closed for awhile, we made a read cart full of books. Just stop by and take two or four books home to read. Keep them or share with others. There will be adult and children’s books on the cart.

We will place the cart outside the staff door 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every nice-weather day Monday through Friday.

Please keep reading at least 20 minutes a day and keep positive, safe and tough.

Fullerton: Anniversary luncheon is May 1

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

The Golden Agers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., has planned the annual anniversary luncheon for May 1.

For tickets or information, call Maria Sweeney at 610-432-7562.


St. Elizabeth’s parish members who ordered Gertrude Hawk Easter candy can pick up their orders on Palm Sunday, April 5.

For other arrangements, call 620-266-0695, ext. 208.

The church thanks you for your support.


St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., moved its gift card bingo to May 15.

Catasauqua: Check on events

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Please note, in light of the current situation, many local events are being canceled.

Call the host organization or watch local news alerts regarding the status of these events.

Also, check to see if your churches will be canceling services, especially with Easter fast approaching.


My email address is lhahn@verizon.net if there is any information you would like published in this column.

Thank you — and hang in there, everyone!

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.