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The former Lehigh Valley Dairy, which languished in disrepair for more than 30 years, has been sold.
The Elias family, known for their popular farm markets, bought the long-vacant 10-acre property at 1026 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, that housed the former dairy, for $1.35 million Sept. 27.
It was a huge relief for Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., who had been meeting privately with the family since March about the sale. He said he hopes the redevelopment will create an economic renaissance in the southern corridor of MacArthur Road.
Fall is always a fun time of year, especially in Whitehall Township. There are several community and school events scheduled for Oct. 3-5 to celebrate the start of autumn.
Whitehall’s Halloween-themed parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and will be held rain or shine.
The parade will be staged and starts in the parking lot at Schadt Avenue Playground. The parade travels down Campus Drive and through the Whitehall-Coplay School District campus.
Coplay Aggregates’ quarry in Whitehall Township does not have fill containing high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and is in compliance with federal regulations, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has determined.
Township officials learned, in a letter received Sept. 19, the EPA had rescinded its notice of violation for excess PCBs at the quarry that it issued to the company, 5101 Beekmantown Road, in 2018.
To help celebrate the borough’s 150th anniversary, Coplay put on a pub crawl Sept. 21 as an end-of-summer event. “Crawlers” moved from one location to another.
“We had a good turnout for the event,” said Councilman Stephen Burker, who coordinated the effort. “It was successful enough that we plan on keeping it for next year, too.”
Participants paid a $10 entry fee that entitled them to special drink pricing, food and prizes at specially noted restaurants and bars.
Coplay Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Whitehall Township has been awarded $60,000 to construct a pavilion in the Whitehall Parkway through the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation program, State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, announced Sept. 17.
The project will consist of installing a pre-engineered open-air pavilion with restrooms and concession areas in the Parkway, which spans 110 acres in the township.
“This project is an important part of Lehigh Valley’s recreational and tourism attractions, which host many visitors throughout the year,” McNeill said.
On Aug. 15, Coplay native Sophie Osborne went to Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the 82nd Airborne Division, for a ceremony honoring her daughter, Amanda Kesselring.
Kesselring graduated from Whitehall High School in 2014 and enlisted in the Army in 2016. She completed her qualifications as a combat medic and her national EMS certification.
At the ceremony, Kesselring was promoted to sergeant and re-enlisted for another three years. She was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal and was assigned to the 36th Area Support Medical Company.