Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Dent to leave office early

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by The Press in Local News

U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, has announced he will soon be leaving Congress.

“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said. “Serving the people of the 15th Congressional District has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington.

Fire calls

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Local News


An oil or other combustible liquid spill on Second Street brought out Stations 40 and 3501.

Stations 37, 38, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief) responded to an unintentional smoke detector activation at 3 Maryland Circle.


A system malfunction at 2520 MacArthur Road was handled by Stations 37, 38 and 3503.

Station 36 was on the scene of an unintentional smoke detector activation at 1715 Plaza Lane.

Stations 36, 37 and 3503 found no incident after being dispatched to 2225 N. First Ave.

Break the Silence event is April 27

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

For the ninth year in a row, teens and adults who have survived sexual abuse will be gathering together for Break the Silence, a sexual abuse poetry night April 27. They are joined there by this year’s speaker, local artist Amy Elise.

Elise is a survivor of child sexual abuse and lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition that used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder. She has several personalities who live inside of her, many of whom are artists. She will be telling her story and sharing all of their artwork.

Dent receives Benjamin Franklin Medal

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) awarded Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of higher education at its annual meeting in Hershey March 26.

The Benjamin Franklin Medal, named for one of the nation’s and Pennsylvania’s earliest and most recognized leaders, is reserved for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the ongoing vitality and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.

Harakal returns to lead township

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Former Whitehall executive sworn in as mayor to fill term vacated by Hozza

A former Whitehall Township executive, who served the township for eight years, was unanimously voted mayor by the township board of commissioners at its April 9 meeting.

Michael P. Harakal Jr., who was township executive from 1984 to 1991, was tapped to fill the position left vacant when longtime Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. left for a county position. Harakal was one of six candidates who applied for the position.

“Every one of them would have done a fantastic job,” board President Dennis Hower said. “It came down to experience, and Harakal has a boatload of experience.”

Veteran receives honorary diploma from WCSD

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Board vote on 2018-19 budget is expected at next meeting, set for May 7

Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett presented Richard Erbrick with an honorary diploma through Operation Veteran Recognition during the April 9 board meeting.

The school district has the authority to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who has served in the U.S. military and who would have been a member of a graduating class during the years in which he or she served.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 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.


Council works to keep Saylor Park project moving

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Engineer frustrated by state DCNR’s delay in reviewing, approving plans

Coplay Borough Council took a long look at the details of the Saylor Park plans during its workshop session April 3.

The renovations were designed as a fast-track project, so the park would be open in time for the borough’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2019. One lane of the fast track was to order some equipment ahead of time, so it is ready for installation as soon as the preparation work is complete. Some of the pre-ordered items include a pre-engineered pavilion, portable bleacher stands, benches, etc.

Local circus model builder contributes to Army museum

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sheldon and Mary Ann Endy went to Norfolk and Williamsburg, Va., for a vacation in 2016. They were only 15 miles north of Fort Eustis and decided to extend their trip.

They visited the U.S. Army Transportation Museum to learn about the association between the Army and circuses. The relationship began in Europe around 1900. Various European armies studied the circus methods used to load and unload their trains rapidly and feed a group of people quickly, which was done with mobile kitchens and small ranges that could be taken apart and set up quickly.