Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Whitehall business celebrates 40 years

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Hesch Automotive Service, of Whitehall, celebrated its 40th anniversary Sept. 19. Local elected officials were invited to attend.

Hesch Automotive Service, 3028 S. Front St., was founded in 1978 by Frank and Anne Hesch Jr. The business started in Coplay and outgrew two locations in the borough before moving to Whitehall in 1980.

Frank and Anne, along with their son Frank III, have continued the tradition of quality commercial and consumer vehicle repair. The company bases its operation on the belief that their customers’ needs are of the utmost importance.

Sacred Heart celebrates 20 years

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.

A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.

Cement Worker of The Month

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Rodney Hartzell

Mr. Rodney Hartzell was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1971. His first job was at a local textile factory, earning $3.50 per hour. In 1973, Rodney followed his three uncles and was hired at Nazareth Cement Company, starting on the labor gang.

One of the former managers was Mr. Paul Lentz. The plant, at one time, operated eight kilns. There were various jobs no longer found at cement plants. The roof cleaners, sweepers and dust collectors have been replaced by modern, clean technology.

Front St. work still leads meeting agenda

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

CWSA board member unhappy with sewer project

Coplay’s sewer project on Front Street is still a contentious matter within the borough, the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) board and the contractor. The project, originally scheduled for completion by December 2017, extended well beyond its completion date. A substantial completion letter was issued in July that conjured up a new set of concerns.

The project was plagued by poor soils, bad substrates, collapsing trenches, bad weather, poor-quality cement work and a continuing host of problems. The project is substantially over budget.

Board president goes pink

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Hower dyes beard, raises money for breast cancer

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners President Dennis Hower was sporting a different look for a very important cause at the township board meeting Oct. 8. Not only was he wearing a bright pink tie, his signature beard was dyed the same hue.

Hower is one of 20 Lehigh Valley men, and leaders in the community, committed to wear pink throughout October to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

The campaign, Real Men Wear Pink, has been put together by the American Cancer Society in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News



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


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


Whitehall Township Planning Commission holds a workshop meeting 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m., in the public meeting room at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


ACC hits mark of 2 million hoagies

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

More than 25 members of American Club of Coplay volunteered their time Sept. 19 to make the group’s 2 millionth hoagie at the club pavilion.

The club started selling hoagies Feb. 18, 1985. At that time, they sold 1,816 hoagies.

Club president Jerry Deutsch said, “The American Club purchased the equipment from the Keystone Cops in 1985 when the hoagies were still being made at the Hall Street location in Coplay. We moved the equipment to the American Club pavilion in March of 2004, and we are still using the same equipment today.”

They have made 1,012 hoagies per hour.

Fun for all in the fall

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Festivities begin this weekend

The fall season is upon us, and Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough are ready to celebrate the cooler weather and upcoming Halloween holiday.

Oct. 6 is a big day in Whitehall Township.

The township will host three fun-filled events — the annual parade, car show and fall festival.

Whitehall’s fall parade begins 10 a.m. This year, the parade will feature a Halloween theme and will be held rain or shine.