Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Body discovered in Whitehall woods

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Whitehall police are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered July 24 in a wooded area of MacArthur Road.

According to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office, the man, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead 6:25 p.m. that night in the vicinity of 2601 MacArthur Road. That address is identified as Walmart.

An autopsy was scheduled for July 26 to determine the cause of death.

School board approves agenda items

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by ZACH HOTTINGER in Local News

Whitehall-Coplay School Board gathered July 10 for a brief meeting in the district’s administration building.

“With school not in session, the board meeting was primarily used for business matters,” Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett said. “The next board meeting in August should have more involved, with us gearing up for the 2017-18 school year.”

All items on the agenda’s docket were approved by the board, including the district’s fiscal report, which, as of June 30, stands with a current balance of $501,893.07.

Whitehall resident is honored for ambulance corps service

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Barry Bickel, of Whitehall, marked half a century as a volunteer for Cetronia Ambulance Corps July 17 with a surprise celebration at its headquarters in South Whitehall Township.

Bickel is the longest-tenured volunteer in Cetronia’s 62-year history. To honor his selfless and unmeasured contributions, the Cetronia staff hosted a party.

County board of commissioners doles out casino host funds

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County capital plan for 2018-22 and then passed several motions to amend the bill at its July 12 meeting. The capital plan, according to explanatory text in the ordinance, “is a policy statement only and is in no way to be construed as a budget or an appropriation.” A vote on the capital plan will be held at the next meeting July 26.

“The capital plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” Commissioner Michael Schware said in an interview.

Whitehall graduate continues research, help for eye care

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by ZACH HOTTINGER in Local News

Dr. Nicholas Gidosh has been a busy man since walking the halls of Whitehall High School. Gidosh, who was featured in a previous Whitehall-Coplay Press article in October 2016, is an optometry professional at Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates in Allentown. Gidosh has broadened his area of care in recent months after spending time in Philadelphia, Las Vegas and China to help spread knowledge and treatment for those in need.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by The Press in Local News



Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.


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


Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Aqua Zumba at Coplay’s Parkway Pool is held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

At the July 10 class, 110 people were in attendance, 40 percent of whom are Coplay residents.

Tara Miller, of Northampton, is the class instructor. Borough officials credit her enthusiasm for the increased participation.

Information on the Zumba classes, printed in last week’s edition, was incorrect.

The Press regrets the errors.

Board proposes historic district

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Hokey’s Thomas Iron Works focus for preserving industrial character

A slice of Hokendauqua, rich with history that began with David Thomas, who is described as “The Father of the Modern American Iron Industry,” may become Whitehall Township’s first historic district.

The proposed historic district, which would run from Front Street to Third Street, was discussed Monday at the board of commissioners workshop and the later meeting.