Mr. Rodney Hartzell was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1971. His first job was at a local textile factory, earning $3.50 per hour. In 1973, Rodney followed his three uncles and was hired at Nazareth Cement Company, starting on the labor gang.
One of the former managers was Mr. Paul Lentz. The plant, at one time, operated eight kilns. There were various jobs no longer found at cement plants. The roof cleaners, sweepers and dust collectors have been replaced by modern, clean technology.
Coplay’s sewer project on Front Street is still a contentious matter within the borough, the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) board and the contractor. The project, originally scheduled for completion by December 2017, extended well beyond its completion date. A substantial completion letter was issued in July that conjured up a new set of concerns.
The project was plagued by poor soils, bad substrates, collapsing trenches, bad weather, poor-quality cement work and a continuing host of problems. The project is substantially over budget.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners President Dennis Hower was sporting a different look for a very important cause at the township board meeting Oct. 8. Not only was he wearing a bright pink tie, his signature beard was dyed the same hue.
Hower is one of 20 Lehigh Valley men, and leaders in the community, committed to wear pink throughout October to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
The campaign, Real Men Wear Pink, has been put together by the American Cancer Society in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Planning Commission holds a workshop meeting 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m., in the public meeting room at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
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.
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.
The critical subject of discussion at Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Oct. 2 was the Saylor Park project. The park, envisioned as a crowning achievement for the borough’s 150-year celebration, has a little trouble brewing.
Murat Guzel, who heads the Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Coalition (LVDPC), held a political rally, billed as Harmony Fest, at the American Club of Coplay pavilion Aug. 9.
“This is a local organization. Every local Democrat Party organization and all the Democratic elected officials joined us and are a part of this group,” he said.
Guzel had a two-page list of everyone who supports his organization. Celeste Dee is the executive director of LVDPC and set up the event. She has an extensive resume of working for Democratic Party executives.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners got its first look at the proposed emergency services complex during a workshop meeting Oct. 1.
The nearly $18 million project would include a new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building on the current MacArthur Road site.
The two buildings would be connected by a 1,200-square-foot lobby that would have separate entrances.
Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said the project could have “shovel in ground” by spring 2020.
“This is the right property for a building that meets our needs,” Harakal said.