To celebrate its 150th anniversary this year, First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua held a Victorian open house Dec. 15. Visitors were welcomed in to tour the 3005 S. Front St. premises and view a display of artifacts collected from the church’s extensive archives.
The congregation itself actually traces its origins back more than 160 years to 1855, when seven members of First Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua left to form a church in Hokendauqua. Among these founding members were Samuel Thomas — son of David Thomas of Thomas Iron Works — and his wife, Rebecca.
A motor vehicle accident with injuries at 1049 MacArthur Road was handled by Stations 35, 36 and 3502 (deputy chief).
Station 35 assisted the police or another governmental agency on MacArthur Road.
A malfunctioning carbon monoxide detector brought Stations 39 and 40 to 5534 Lehigh St.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Chairman John Schreiner presented the 2020 budget for the authority at the board’s regular meeting Dec. 20.
“I am happy we are able to present a budget that meets the needs of our customers and does not require a rate increase,” he said.
Schreiner attributed the success of the authority to the dedication of the people working there and cooperation among all the groups that support the authority in its operation.
The nearly $4 million budget balances the revenues coming in.
Heavy rain couldn’t stop Whitehall-based Girl Scout Troop 6038 from seeing its hard work come to fruition Dec. 9 as the Blessing Box project the troop had been working on was finally installed.
The cheerful red box, with its peaked roof and pantry shelves, contains nonperishable and toiletry donations from the community. Printed across the glass door are these words: “Blessing Box — Take what you need. Leave what you can. Above all, be blessed.”
This box is the second of its kind in Whitehall, with the first being outside St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 835 Third St.
A festive crowd braved the cold weather for the Dec. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the $33.5 million Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
The event began with the playing of the national anthem. Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 honor guard participated.
In remarks, Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, credited the hard work of Trumbull Construction, Pittsburgh, which finished the bridge construction six months ahead of schedule.
“On budget and ahead of time,” Molchany said.