Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, June 22, 2018

Fire chief is backed by assistants

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall mayor says recent meeting showed support for Nelson

It was standing room only at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting May 14 when firefighters filled the public meeting room to show their support for Whitehall Township Fire Chief David Nelson.

At April’s board meeting, several firefighters, who had left the department, blamed Nelson’s management style, which they said was causing low morale.

At the meeting Monday, four township assistant fire chiefs spoke during public comment in support of Nelson, saying morale is, in fact, high and policies he has enacted have improved the fire department.

CEMENT WORKER OF THE MONTH

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Frank Fassl Jr.

Mr. Frank Fassl Jr. was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1974. Two weeks after graduation, at the age of 18, he was hired by plant manager Stanley Becker to work at Nazareth Cement. Frank’s grandfather, Joseph; his father, Frank Sr.; and three uncles worked for the company, logging in over 100 years of service.

He started as a laborer at $3.80 an hour and later moved to the quarry as a loader and was trained as a diesel mechanic.

Fire calls

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Local News

MAY 1

A gas leak at 330 Jefferson St. brought out Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3501.

MAY 2

Stations 38 and 3501 responded to a power line down at 3256 S. Quarry St.

An outside rubbish fire at Whitehall Mall brought out Stations 37, 3501 and 3502 (deputy chief).

Station 36 assisted police or other governmental agency at 715 Grape St.

A special type of incident on Blue Mountain Drive was handled by Station 39.

Stations 36, 37, 3501 and 3502 responded to a smoke scare at 715 Grape St.

MAY 3

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Local News

MAY

THURSDAY 10

Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

MONDAY 14

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

TUESDAY 15

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

WEDNESDAY 16

McNeill is sole candidate in May primary

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Local News

STATE HOUSE, 133RD DISTRICT

Incumbent state Rep. Jeanne McNeill is unopposed in the primary race for the 133rd District.

She is a Democrat.

The 133rd District includes, in Lehigh County, boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill; City of Bethlehem; and townships of Hanover, Salisbury (Wards 1, 2 and 3 and Division 2) and Whitehall (Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12).

Contests for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senator

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Local News

other PRIMARY races

GOVERNOR

Republicans Scott R. Wagner, of York County; Paul Mango, of Allegheny County; and Laura Ellsworth, of Allegheny County, are on the ballot for Pennsylvania governor in the May 15 primary election.

The winner will face incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf in the November general election.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Republicans Kathy Coder, of Allegheny County; Diana Irey Vaughan, of Washington County; Jeff Bartos, of Montgomery County; and Peg Luksik, of Cambria County, are seeking the position of lieutenant governor in the primary election.