Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

Coplay 150th celebration in final stages

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough pub crawl set for Sept. 21; closing ceremony to be held Oct. 19

At its meeting Sept. 10, Coplay Borough Council announced the final two events in the borough’s 150th anniversary celebration.

First up is the Coplay pub crawl Sept. 21. There is a cost to participate. You get a wristband, a poker card from each tavern and VIP privileges. The crawl starts 3:30 p.m. You can get wristbands at the taverns or at the gazebo at the borough’s Community Plaza, North Second and Chestnut streets.

Fire calls

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News


A motor vehicle accident with injuries on MacArthur Road was handled by Stations 35 and 39.

Stations 35, 39 and 3501 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Ruchsville Road.


A trash fire at 3098 N. Birch St. brought Stations 35, 38 and 3501 to the scene.

Stations 35, 38 and 3501 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 2985 MacArthur Road.


A motor vehicle accident with injuries on MacArthur Road was handled by Stations 35 and 39.


Annual event honors the legacy of Ben Yorgey

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

On July 20, friends, family and Ben Yorgey Foundation scholarship recipients past and present gathered at Macungie Memorial Park for The Ben Event.

This year marks the 10th memorial celebration of the life of Ben Yorgey, an intellectually disabled young man whose personal warmth enriched the lives of everyone he met. The event also generates education funds for students with special needs across the Lehigh Valley

In his honor, the Ben Yorgey Foundation recognizes and provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors with intellectual disabilities.

Board gets sneak peek at complex

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Architect presents renderings of township’s new emergency services site

The construction of the new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township municipal building is within budget and on schedule, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners learned at its meeting Sept. 9.

Moving the project forward, the board approved both an ordinance to accept a proposal for the removal of hazardous materials including asbestos and a resolution conditionally approving the land development plan at the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Gary Butko

Mr. Gary Butko was reared in Northampton, graduating from Northampton High School and vo-tech, specializing in masonry, in 1976.

Gary’s first job was with a bricklaying firm, earning $5 an hour. After a few years, he was employed by MCP, a metal company, for 18 years.

When the plant closed, he started his cement career at Lafarge, recalling, “I started on the tire dock, feeding tires into the plant’s kilns, later transferring to the labor gang and the pack house.”

Mako to host third annual senior expo Sept. 13 in Cherryville

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Senior citizens residing in the 183rd Legislative District are invited to the third annual free senior expo scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville. The event is sponsored by state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd,

“This event is always very popular and provides valuable information,” Mako said. “Many times, seniors, family members or their caregivers are unsure of resources and opportunities available to assist older residents. This expo brings a variety of resources together all in one place.

School board hears students’ travel experiences

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

WCSD administrator also gives presentation on summer reading program

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Sept. 9, London Club adviser Joseph Krempasky introduced Whitehall High School students Kayleigh Moyer and Megan Kelly, who presented a slideshow of their 2019 trip to Eastern Europe. Students traveled through Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland.

Moyer’s most memorable part of the trip was the visit to Auschwitz.

“I can genuinely say this was the most life-changing thing I’ve ever done in my entire life,” she said.