Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fire calls

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Local News


A false alarm brought Stations 36, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief) to 1223 Mickley Road.

Station 35 assisted police or other governmental agency on MacArthur Road.

A malfunctioning smoke detector at 1715 Plaza Lane brought out Station 36.


Stations 36, 37 and 3501 responded to a false alarm at 1954 Schadt Ave.


A motor vehicle accident with injuries on Bridge Street brought out Stations 35, 37, 3502 (deputy chief) and 3503.


Station 38 was on the scene of a building fire at 218 Church St.

Altar and Rosary Society celebrates 90 years of helping others

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay, celebrated its 90th anniversary July 15 at a special Mass, which was followed by a banquet-style breakfast in the church hall, 4 S. Fifth St.

The anniversary Mass and breakfast coincided exactly to the date the church women’s organization was founded, July 15, 1928. The church was officially established the previous year — June 16, 1927.

Generations of Mondschein family gather for reunion

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

One of the most recognized families in Coplay over the decades, the Mondscheins held a family reunion June 30 at the Coplay Saengerbund pavilion. Four generations were present — coming as far as Georgia and as near as Fifth Street.

Frank Mondschein began the family dynasty by coming to the area as a young man from Austria in the early 1900s. After marrying his wife, Mary, the couple settled down on Fifth Street and had 14 children — eight boys and six girls.

Special delivery

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Trucks begin slow process of bringing bridge beams to Northampton, Coplay

Drivers woke up early in the morning July 20 in Pottsville as Northeast Precast had 121-foot beams loaded onto special trailers for their trip to Northampton.

The scheduled arrival was 10:30 a.m., but the crew got delayed in Hamburg while state police checked the drivers’ credentials.

Ryan — “It’s just Ryan,” he said when he parked the beam in front of the crane — took the first truck. The course was down Route 61, across the 78 Interstate to Airport Road.

CWSA releasing solar project for bid

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Payback period for pumping station project expected to be 30-some years

At the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) regular board meeting July 19, Engineer Darryl Jenkins reported the solar project is ready for bid. He expects bid results back in time for the August meeting.

The board proposed looking into solar as a way to supplement power to its pumping stations over a year ago. Strict requirements were set that the products used needed to be American made.

Fire calls

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Local News


Stations 36 and 40 were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 22 westbound.

A malfunctioning carbon monoxide detector at 3701 Ash St. brought out Stations 38 and 39.

Stations 39 and 40 responded to a sprinkler activation due to malfunction at 5290 W. Coplay Road.

A malfunctioning alarm system at 221 Fifth St. brought out Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3502 (deputy chief).

Station 35 assisted police on MacArthur Road.


An oil or other combustible liquid spill on Hawthorn Lane had Station 36 on the scene.

Lending a hand

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Whitehall resident is among Musikfest’s longtime volunteers

As one of the largest music festivals in the country, Musikfest has a records book with some fairly substantial numbers.

Thirty-five years of performances. An expected attendance of 900,000-plus people. More than 500 shows scheduled on 16 stages across Bethlehem.

But the lifeblood of the popular Lehigh Valley gathering resides in this number: 1,500.

That is the number of ArtsQuest volunteers who will be taking tickets, pouring drinks and setting up the stages at this year’s festival.

Mayor, area legislators tour quarry

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Coplay Aggregates owners waiting for final EPA determination of PCBs

Coplay Aggregates owners told officials they are willing to address high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the quarry once the federal Environmental Protection Agency makes a final determination.

On July 19, Whitehall Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. and state Reps. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Zach Mako, R-183rd, were given a tour of the Coplay Aggregates quarry where contaminated fill has reportedly been dumped.