Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Phillip Retter

Mr. Phillip Retter was reared in Easton, graduating from Easton High School in 1988. At age 13, he started to work at his uncle’s garage, Fluerer’s Auto Body, in Nazareth.

He recalled, “I worked there after school and each summer. My father, Glenn, helped out and was on the pit crew of Al Loquasto, an Indy race car driver who drove the Frosty Root Beer car in the famous Indy 500.”

Time to celebrate!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

Coplay’s 150th anniversary gets underway

Coplay Borough’s 150th anniversary committee hosted a full house April 6 during the kickoff to a yearlong celebration.

A gala, held at the American Club of Coplay pavilion, capped the daylong event that also included a carriage ride for borough and area dignitaries and the opening of a time capsule buried at the veterans memorial on Chestnut Street.

The American Club event featured speeches by Coplay officials and special guest Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Entertainment was provided by A Few Good Men.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

APRIL

MONDAY 8

Whitehall-Coplay School Board meets 7 p.m. at the school district administration building, 2940 MacArthur Road.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 9

Coplay Borough Council meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 10

Whitehall Township Legal and Legislative Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

Sign is dedicated at Fort Deshler site

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

A sign commemorating the archaeological dig of the Fort Deshler site in Whitehall Township was unveiled by township officials and community members at a dedication ceremony March 29.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission interpretive marker was installed along the Ironton Rail Trail to recognize the only Colonial fort used for refuge during the 1763 Native American uprising.

Sheetz looking to get liquor license for MacArthur Road store

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

You soon may be able to grab some beer with your gas and snacks at Sheetz, the gas station and convenience store at 5001 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard a resolution at its workshop meeting April 1 that would transfer a liquor license to be used at the local Sheetz.

The board asked Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. to find out how often the police department responds to calls at the gas station and report on the finding at the April 8 meeting, when commissioners are scheduled to vote on the transfer.

Fire calls

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

MARCH 16

A cooking fire at 1 Maryland Circle brought Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3502 (deputy chief) to the scene.

MARCH 17

Stations 35, 36, 37, 3502 and 3503 (deputy chief) handled a brush fire at 218 Gallagher Road.

A cultivated grain or crop fire on West Columbia Street brought out Stations 38, 39, 3501 and 3503.

MARCH 18

Stations 35 and 36 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Mickley Road.

MARCH 19

A fire in a mobile home at 1073 Dogwood St. brought out Station 39.

At last, a buyer

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Township has sales agreement for dairy site

The former Lehigh Valley Dairy property finally has a buyer.

Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. announced March 29 the township has an agreement of sale for the long-vacant 10-acre property at 1026 MacArthur Road that once housed the former dairy.

“We can’t reveal the buyer,” Harakal said, “but they have a very good plan for development of the site.”

Because of the dilapidated condition of the 275,000-square-foot concrete building, which has sat vacant for 30 years, Harakal said the structure would have to be demolished.