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IRT officials seek state grant for study

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Funds could be used for paving, expansion of parking lot

Ironton Rail Trail officials are discussing a major engineering study for the trailhead in Stiles and subsequent work that could begin next year.

One of the biggest concerns, officials agreed, is the parking lot. That area is heavily used as walkers, joggers and bikers begin their treks on the IRT loop.

Ray Bieak, longtime IRT commission officer and current secretary, noted July 12 that the parking lot is the last major area on the loop not paved, except for a 100-foot section under the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, which is under construction.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Jim Berger

Mr. Jim Berger was raised in Leesport, graduating from Schuylkill Valley High School in 1985.

After school, at age 14, he worked at the Leesport Cattle Auction, recalling, “I enjoyed working with the cattle as a youth. I even milked cows on a relative’s farm.”

Upon graduation, he was employed full time at Leesport.

Later, he studied masonry at Berks County Vo-Tech; as a result, Jim was hired by Ken Short Construction to do brick and block work.

His cement career started Feb. 13, 1989, at Evansville, which is today Lehigh Heidelberg.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019 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 10, 2019 by The Press in Local News



Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. in the township 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.


Burker: ‘Neighbors helping neighbors’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay welcomed Catty residents to pool

At the Coplay Borough Council workshop meeting July 2, Councilman Stephen Burker explained how Coplay Borough opened Coplay Parkway Pool to Catasauqua Borough residents when Catasauqua was dealing with a leak at its pool.

“As soon as we were aware that the pool was closed in Catasauqua, I called our pool manager, Tiffany Benson, and gave her authorization to give Coplay’s lowest rate to Catasauqua season pass holders. It was a hot and humid weekend,” he said.

“This is a simple philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors,” Burker said.

The Catasauqua pool reopened July 5.

‘A small but mighty team’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Whitehall Township resident member of Two Rivers Roller Derby league

Looking for a way to have fun, meet new people and maybe get a little bruised up in the process? Interested in a fun community event involving an exciting, full-contact sport? Look no further — roller derby is the place for you.

Two Rivers Roller Derby is a nonprofit, inclusive, flat track roller derby league serving Eastern Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey.

“We aim to provide a haven of athleticism, sportsmanship and fun,” boasts the league’s Facebook page.

The league was launched in 2012 and is comprised of women ranging in ages from late teens to their forties.

Board OKs liquor license for Exxon

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

MacArthur Road business will have seating for 30 patrons, beer to go

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for an Exxon station at its meeting July 8.

The gas station and convenience store at 2724 MacArthur Road will sell only beer, said Matthew Anderson, attorney for Dunne Manning Stores, which owns the property. It is the third liquor license request that has come before the board since the beginning of the year.

One resident opposed the transfer.

“We don’t need any more places to get liquor in the township,” said LoriAnn Fehnel during the public hearing.