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Coplay column

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Coplay streets are getting makeovers

Many of the streets in Coplay are now sporting a fresh, new look.

Borough public works personnel have recently tackled a myriad of road projects, along with painting curbs at intersections and areas where vehicles are prohibited.

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The borough parkway pool will host the final Dip-N-Dance Friday.

The special event, which includes a deejay and prizes, takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Along with children and teens, adults are welcome to attend the bash.

The pool will also be open to the public on Community Days, Aug. 23-Aug. 26.

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Fullerton column

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by LIZ HAHN Special to The Press in Local News

St. John's to hold bingo

St. John's United Church of Christ will hold basket bingo on Friday, Sept. 14.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Food will be available.

Purchase your tickets in advance by calling the church office at 610-264-8421.

Also, the church will hold its annual craft fair in October. More information to follow in a future column, but crafters are needed.

If interested, call the church office.

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Fire Calls

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by The Press in Local News

July 29

· A motor vehicle accident involving three cars on MacArthur Road and Center Street brought out Stations 35 and 38, 1:30 p.m.

July 30

· A motor vehicle accident with a pedestrian struck at the Lehigh Valley Mall, Lot O, brought out Station 36, 11:32 a.m.

· Stations 36, 37 and 38 responded to a waterflow alarm at the Bye Bye Baby store, Whitehall Mall, when the sprinkler alarm was activated when the Inspectors Test was accidentally turned on, 12:24 p.m.

July 31

Opinion

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Fireflies light the way back to life

Among the environmental losses that rarely make the news, our world's firefly populations are dropping like – leaves?

Fireflies aren't actually "flies," but luminous beetles. About 2,000 species of them exist globally, in the "shining" family Lampyridae.

In the mid-Atlantic, this summer, wet weather brightened prospects for the region's firefly species, which prefer damp soils. Worldwide, however, scientists report a steady plummet of firefly numbers as their woodland habitats fall.

Brief Candles

Opinion: Guest View

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Is this the kind of country we want?

As I read a report a couple weeks ago that detailed China's dismal record on food safety issues. I found myself wondering, "Is this the kind of country some politicians want for us?"

That feeling was reinforced the next day, when I read that freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is single-handedly holding up legislation that would tighten regulation and oversight of gas pipelines, because of his philosophical opposition to any government regulation.

Rap of the gavel

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by The Press in Local News

AUGUST

THURSDAY 9

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

MONDAY 13

Whitehall-Coplay School Board meets at 7 p.m. at the school district administration building, 2940 MacArthur Road.

Whitehall Township Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 14

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

WEDNESDAY 15

Popular Coplay eatery closes

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

For three decades, Bill's Lunch on North Second Street, Coplay, served meals to area residents.

The landmark eatery closed at 3 p.m. Saturday when owners Mary and Bill Balliet cooked and served their final steak sandwich and bowl of soup.

It was the 32nd anniversary, to the day, of its opening Aug. 4, 1979. Over the years, the Balliets and daughters Renee and Tammy served countless patrons, many of whom came to be seen as part of the family.