Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hokey Legion repairs expected to start

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The long wait for major construction to begin at the Hokendauqua-based Jones Quigg American Legion Post 739 — damaged by fire when a bolt of lightning struck the building June 25, 2016 — is nearing an end.

Trusses for a new roof, along with a crane, were expected to be on the scene by the middle of September, after which workers will remove the heavily damaged roof and replace it.

Bridge blast: Two arches set for dynamite demolition

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The two outer arches of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will fall to two dynamite blasts the morning of Oct. 11.

The announcement was made Monday at a briefing for borough representatives from Coplay and Northampton. Attending the briefing were police, public works and elected officials from both boroughs.

The third center arch will fall sometime in early November.

Fort Deshler dig

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Project turns up some artifacts

The Fort Deshler dig — a project of the MacArthur Road 75th anniversary committee — brought mixed results in August.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) agreed to lead the geographical survey and archaeological dig because the fort was mainly on its right of way. Cooperation was also given by the adjoining land owner, Mike Hobel.

The stone fort, in the area of MacArthur Road and Chestnut Street, had a role in the French and Indian War.

FIRE CALLS

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by The Press in Local News

SEPT. 11

Station 37 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 22 East.

A EMS incident with rescue at 2180 MacArthur Road brought out Station 37.

Station 35 assisted Whitehall police at 2747 MacArthur Road.

A gas leak at 1177 Sixth St. brought out Station 37.

SEPT. 12

Station 36 responded to a report of a fluid leak at 1901 MacArthur Road.

A motor vehicle accident on North Front Street brought out Station 38.

Stations 36 and 40 assisted with extricating a victim from a vehicle on Route 145.

SEPT. 13

Seniors attend expo

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A senior expo was held at Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville, Sept. 15. State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, sponsored the expo to show what local companies and agencies have available to help them. Eighty vendors participated.

Mako said he was glad to see people come out. He stood at the door and shook hands with all attendees, asking if they had any special concerns he might be able to help them with.

The most frequently mentioned concern was the property tax situation.

Spotted Lanternfly quarantine areas increase across Valley

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 21 municipalities in Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties to the areas quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine was already in effect for parts of those five counties as well as Chester County.

The quarantine now covers the following Lehigh Valley municipalities:

Borough council pays tribute to Dan McNeill

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting Sept. 12, council members took time to acknowledge the sudden passing of state Rep. Dan McNeill Sept. 8.

Officials agreed he represented his constituency well and had a certain affinity for Coplay. McNeill’s support among voters in the borough was strong, they said, adding he enjoyed being a part of the community.

Councilman Stephen Burker commented on his close relationship with McNeill.

Marching band festival returns Oct. 1 to Allentown stadium

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by The Press in Local News

More than 3,000 collegiate musicians will turn J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown into the World’s Biggest Halftime Show, as the Collegiate Marching Band Festival returns for its 22nd annual edition beginning noon Oct. 1.

The event is a one-of-a-kind festival in the country featuring college marching bands performing for one another, parents and enthusiasts of the marching band activity. The 2017 festival brings 20 college and university bands from throughout the mid-Atlantic region together.