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Monday, June 26, 2017

GoFundMe account surpasses $25,000 goal

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Funds to help fulfill Kelsy Thomson’s ‘dreams for daughters in her absence’

A GoFundMe account created to benefit the children of slain Whitehall Township resident Kelsy Thomson has surpassed its goal in just five days.

The fundraising site, set up to honor the memory of Kelsy Thomson, who was killed June 7 in her Whitehall home, will “help fulfill Kelsy’s dreams for her daughters in her absence,” according to the fund drive organizers.

A $25,000 goal had been set. On Wednesday morning, $25,360 had already been raised.

Casual gathering for Halal

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Community

The June 5 death of Magisterial District Judge Robert Halal, who served the communities of Whitehall and Coplay, stunned not only the community but the region, and folks came together Saturday evening at Egypt Memorial Park to celebrate his life and legacy.

More than a thousand people waited in line to offer condolences to Halal’s wife, Denise, and other members of the family. The line at times stretched from just inside the park to the pavilion. Some waited an hour to talk to the family about “Bobby,” his engaging smile and his passion to put others before his own welfare.

Saengerbund celebrates 100th anniversary with special visit

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay Saengerbund’s strong bond with Austria was front and center May 30 when the Burgenland delegation was present for the Saengerbund’s 100th anniversary festivities.

The 14-member delegation was led by Hans Niessl, governor of the Federal State of Burgenland. Dr. Wolfgang Waldner, Austrian ambassador to the United States, traveled from Washington, D.C., for the special program.

Welcoming the Burgenland delegation were Frank Luizer, Saengerbund Heritage Committee chairman; Kevin Fritz, Saengerbund president; and Dean Molitoris, Coplay mayor.

Whitehall resident to compete for Miss Texas title

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in Local News

This summer, the Miss Texas competition, held in Dallas July 1, will feature women from all over the state vying for the winning title and hoping to continue their journey toward Miss America. This year, one Miss Texas hopeful, Kelly Kercher, is from right here in the Lehigh Valley and is very proud of her Pennsylvania roots.

School board approves budget with 2.6% tax hike

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by ZACH HOTTINGER in Local News

Whitehall-Coplay School Board on Monday gave final approval to the district budget for the 2017-18 academic year.

The budget increased 4.24 percent from the prior year — to an amount of $67,644,475. This represents a 2.6-percent increase for taxpayers.

“The budget, as prepared, balances revenues with projected expenditures, requiring an increase of 0.4308 mills, for a total real estate tax rate of 16.5927 mills. This represents an increase of approximately $72.56, or 2.6 percent, to the average residential property,” the agenda stated.