Tuesday night's Coplay Borough Council meeting was over and done in 20 minutes.
Without comment or discussion, council voted 4-1 to appoint Charles Sodl to the council seat vacated in August by Marvin Mann.
Voting in favor of the appointment were Councilmen Joseph Groller, Lou Bodish, Michael Mazur and Dave Royer. Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. opposed.
Councilman Matt Recker did not attend the meeting. Bodish said during roll call that Recker was on his way but stuck in traffic.
Zephyr Apartments residents Kris Hillard and Penny Mast receive scholarships from The Michaels Organization, an educational foundation affiliated with the apartment complex's property management company. Hillard will be attending Lehigh Carbon Community College and Baum School of Art for photography. Mast also will attend the Baum School of Art for Creating with Clay and Clothing Construction. The grants, which range from $500 to $1,000, can be used at any accredited college, university or vocational-technical training program in the country.
The Whitehall Exchange Club exists no more.
While disbanding, the organization, which met at Fellowship Community, disbursed its remaining funds to community groups and students.
"We gave $1,000 to the Whitehall High School Scholarship Fund. We also gave $1,000 each to the Whitehall Township Public Library and to the Coplay Public Library," said the former club's president, Dennis Sommer.
Cadet Ashley Ziegenfuss of Troop 6942 followed the Girl Scout law by making the world a better place.
In order to earn her Silver Award, Ziegenfuss was required to complete a project to help her community. She and members of her troop, based at Faith Lutheran Church, created a 15-foot mural of a train along a wall in the Whitehall section of the Ironton Rail Trail.
"I love painting, and I bike on the Ironton trail a lot, passing the wall all the time, and wondered when something would happen to make it look nicer," Ziegenfuss said.
Under sunny skies, Faith Lutheran Church in Whitehall held its annual Wheels of Faith Car Show and Craft fair on the church grounds Aug. 18,
· Stations 36 and 37 responded to a reported mattress smoking in the middle of the roadway at Mickley Road and American Street (none found), 5:54 a.m.
· A fire alarm at 2022 Aery Lane, found to be a cooking accident, brought out Stations 36 and 37, 1:01 p.m.
· Stations 36, 37 and 39 responded to a pull station alarm at the Golf Oil Terminal, 2451 Main St., system malfunction, 4:29 p.m.
· Station 37 recalled for a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a car on Schadt Avenue at the S curves, 6:54 a.m.
The Whitehall-Coplay School Board discussed the benefits and possibility of receiving a cyber security insurance policy at its recent committee meeting.
Peter Dooley, a broker with Myers Benner Inc., presented a document that outlined the insurance policy. The policy would protect the school from the threat of potential hackers, cases of copyright or trademark infringement, invasion of privacy, libel, slander and plagiarism.
"The more we learn about this, the more I think it's recommended the board considers this coverage," said Business Manager Robert Strauss.
· The Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting – 7:30 p.m., Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech School, 3300 Chester Ave., Bethlehem. Information: www. dlarc.org, KE3AW@ arrl.net or 610-432-8286.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
Whitehall was represented in the finals of the Lehigh Valley Best of the Best karaoke contest.
Most area schools are now in session for the 2012-13 school year. This means the morning commute will be busier for all on their way to work and school.
Be aware of students walking to bus stops and school and drive cautiously. You may even want to leave the house a little earlier to get a jump start on the heavier traffic. Stay safe.
With Labor Day behind us, we are headed into autumn and a busy schedule for fall sports.