Jonathan Eric Regets began his journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout a decade ago as a Cub Scout.
His efforts culminated on Sunday during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Faith Lutheran Church, Hokendauqua. The 18-year-old Whitehall High School senior received the Eagle rank and pin in front of family, friends, dignitaries and fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 32. The ceremony chronicled Regits' ascension to becoming an Eagle Scout.
· A motor vehicle accident with injuries on Mechanicsville Road in front of the Whitehall Township Public Library brought out Station 38, 7:46 a.m.
· An accident with injuries with a bicyclist hit at First Avenue and Pine Street brought out Station 37, 11:22 a.m.
· Station 36 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries involving three cars at Grape Street and MacArthur Road, 12:11 p.m.
From left, Irene Bartz, honorable mention; Carol Iannantuono, honorable mention; Jodie Scharadin, honorable mention; Miriam Landes, third place; David Lee, first place; and Margaret Kuhet, honorable mention, pose for a group photo. Lee is a resident of Whitehall. The individuals were selected as winners of the Parkland Art League's show, which ran at the Allentown Art Museum until Aug. 21. Not pictured are Jacqueline Meyerson, second place, and Karen Benco, honorable mention.
Whitehall Township is another major step closer to acquiring the prized 12-acre Prydon farm, thanks to action by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.
Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. confirmed the commissioners approved a $175,000 Future Green grant to go toward the purchase of the farm property. An equal amount is being sought from the state as a matching grant, according to Hozza.
The township earlier submitted a grant application with the Pennsylvania Department of Development and Natural Resources for matching funding.
A Sept. 20 article in The Press (page 1, "Bids awarded") reported incorrectly that bids on the Hokendauqa-North Catasauqua Bridge have been awarded. In fact, the bids were opened by Lehigh County, but are not expected to be awarded until sometime in October. Currently, engineering and administration officials are reviewing the specifications of bids that were submitted.
The Press regrets the error.
Coplay Borough hosted a recent meeting with representatives from Whitehall Township and the Whitehall-Coplay School District.
Representatives sat down in council chambers to discuss a wide range of topics, from the opening of the 2012-13 school year to the status of commercial development.
The atmosphere was cordial as each entity provided an update of what is happening. The sharing of ideas and information was done in the spirit of cooperation, an attempt to avoid problems later.
McCann Business School students Kyla Halderman, left, and Yari Gonzalez recently spent Friday "job shadowing" Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. in a myriad of activities. The young women were on sewer, water and road construction projects with the mayor, toured township facilities including the police station, met with department heads, went over budget details with Hozza and listened to calls the mayor received. Hozza is shown describing the importance of township ordinances.
In a recent report to the board of commissioners, Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. indicated the township "continued its defense in the Barron lawsuit," a civil action related to a fatal accident on the Route 22 ramp.
The mayor said the plaintiff, who was not named in the report to the commissioners, "erroneously believes the township to be somewhat responsible for the conditions."
Hozza also reported the recreation department has resumed the youth martial arts and adult yoga programs.
The Rev. Steve Hummel of Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay, left, blesses Abby, a mixed-breed dog with a whimsical look, accompanied by owner Debbie Aloia, of Whitehall. Hummel performed the church's annual Blessing of the Pets following services Sunday at the Coplay Parkway Pavilion. Abby was one of many animals who were brought by their owners for a blessing.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners granted a waiver for the installation of sidewalks on a steeply sloped property located at the South Sixth Street Extension, which fronts MacArthur Road. The Sept. 10 decision is a turnaround from an earlier workshop meeting when it seemed a majority on the board insisted sidewalks be constructed.
Commissioners Clair Hunsberger and Philip Ginder voted in support of installing the sidewalks. Commissioners Paul Geissinger, Dennis Hower, President Linda Snyder, Thomas Slonaker and Gerard Palagonia voted in support of the sidewalk waiver.