Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

CWSA cancels Eberhart Rd. solar project

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Design, foundation issues, no chance for payback bring plan to a close

At the board’s meeting Oct. 17, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Chairman John Schreiner announced the solar project for the Eberhart Road pumping station has been canceled.

The project started out with great anticipation and a projected 20-year payback. It was billed as an environmentally friendly solution to aid in reducing harmful gas.

It has since encountered design issues, questions on projected energy that would be produced and foundation problems.

“When we did the analysis with all the data and the costs, there is not a payback ever,” Schreiner said.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

OCT. 16

Stations 35 and 38 were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 2998 MacArthur Road.

A combustible liquid spill brought Station 39 to MacArthur Road.

OCT. 17

Station 36 responded to a gas leak at 1515 Mauch Chunk Road.

OCT. 18

An unintentional smoke detector activation brought Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3501 to 223 Rising Hill Road.

OCT. 20

Stations 35 and 36 handled a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 22.

OCT. 27

Ricky Menendez honored for excellence

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Whitehall Township resident Ricky Menendez was honored for his efforts during the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania’s 13th annual Pennsylvania Stars of Life event Sept. 7 at Northern Valley EMS, Coplay.

Menendez, 38, works for Cetronia Ambulance Corps. His passion for the emergency medical services industry came when he was working in construction in Brooklyn, N.Y. A co-worker had a side job as a medic. Menendez attended EMT school in New York and hasn’t turned back since.

Fellowship CEO ready for action

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by KAT SCHNEIDER in Local News

McMahon details plans for seniors community

Mary Kay McMahon likes to be challenged. She doesn’t mind the feeling of unease that comes with leaping into something new and pushing herself to achieve more.

This commitment to the uncomfortable has been a driving force in McMahon’s career that has taken her from a nurse to president and chief executive officer of Fellowship Community in Whitehall.

“I love to learn new things and situations that force me to be a little uncomfortable,” she said. “I am perfectly fine with putting myself out there. I know I’m not going to sink.”

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Judy Fiori

Mrs. Fiori was born in Lock Haven. The family later moved to Skippack, where she attended and graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1971. Answering a newspaper ad, Judy was hired at the Keystone sales office in King of Prussia as a secretary clerk at a salary of $7,000. Keystone later had an office in Allentown before moving to Airport Road in East Allen Township.

Judy recalled, “Our office had 15 employees, and we were responsible for all cement sales. Our president was Gary Pechota, and vice president for sales was Bob Aichele.”


Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Four Democratic candidates, four Republican candidates and one Liberty party candidate, are on the Nov. 5 ballot for Lehigh County commissioner at-large. This is a four-year term. Vote for no more than four.

We asked the candidates the following question:

How do you plan on advocating for our senior citizen population if you are elected?

Their responses follow.


• Bob Elbich, Weisenberg Township


Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Five candidates are seeking four seats on the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.

Philip Ginder, Jeffrey J. Warren, Charles G. Fisher, Randy Atiyeh and LoriAnn Fehnel are vying for four-year terms.

We asked the candidates the following question:

What qualities do you believe voters are looking for in a commissioner?


Philip Ginder

Local races have no contests

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News


The following races in the Whitehall and Coplay areas have just one candidate on the ballot, having been decided in the May primary.

Magisterial district judge (31-1-07): Todd P. Heffelfinger, Democrat/Republican

Coplay Borough Council: Janet A. Eisenhauer, Democrat; Mark A. Molitoris, Democrat; Richard W. Kern Jr., Democrat

Whitehall Township mayor: Michael P. Harakal Jr., Democrat/Republican