Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, August 18, 2018

New device counts IRT users

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Ironton Rail Trail affords a scenic and historic experience for walkers, joggers and bicyclists as towering trees and remnants of the cement and iron industry stand as sentries along the side of the trail. The IRT meanders across Coplay Borough and Whitehall Township and includes a spur in North Whitehall Township.

The IRT Oversight Commission realized the number of people on the trail daily was large and wanted solid figures of exactly how many.

Dairy building may have buyer interest

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Property ‘in horrendous shape’ but could be eligible for millions in grants

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners is hoping the lure of possible state funding will attract a buyer for a dilapidated building that once housed Lehigh Valley Dairy.

Howard Lieberman, executive director of Whitehall Township Industrial & Commercial Development Authority, told the commissioners at their workshop meeting Monday there will be a meeting July 9 with the owner of the property and two prospective buyers. He said things “appear to be moving forward.”

Bipartisan budget bolsters economy, workforce through education, skills training

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a news release June 22, Gov. Tom Wolf outlined the major components of the 2018-19 budget that will build upon the critical investments made in education and workforce development and take a major step toward restoring the state’s fiscal health, including the first real transfer to the state’s rainy day fund in years.

Deli closes its doors

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Milander’s owner says Coplay-Northampton Bridge construction played a part in decline of business

Milander’s Deli, 301 Center St., closed its doors mid-afternoon June 22.

Owner Dean Fenstermaker said the closure of the market was something he could not have even imagined when opening the business Jan. 1, 2016.

Contending the store had choice lunch meats, steaks, chicken and other staples from recognized and established vendors, Fenstermaker reported that business was steady with a good clientele until the Coplay-Northampton Bridge construction started in 2017.

“The store took a big hit,” he said. “It was a major setback.

Fire calls

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by The Press in Local News


An unintentional alarm system activation at 3127 S. Church St. brought out Stations 36, 38 and 39.

Stations 36 and 37 responded to a malfunctioning sprinkler at 1139 Lehigh Ave.


A malfunctioning carbon monoxide detector at 2655 Crystal Drive brought out Stations 37 and 38.

Stations 35 and 36 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Orchard Drive.

Stations 36 and 3502 (deputy chief) were dispatched and canceled en route to Route 903 in Jim Thorpe.