Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Coplay council OKs new $1.8 million bond issue

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a new bond issue at its regular meeting April 10.

The new note is a $1.8 million general obligation bond. Funds from the loan will be used to pay off an existing obligation, purchase a new firetruck and fund soft costs for a proposed new municipal building.

The ordinance established a sinking fund for the bond obligation. A sinking fund requires the borough to set aside money for the repayment of the debt.


Making progress

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

With May approaching, the construction of the new state-of-the-art Coplay-Northampton Bridge will enter its second year.

A bumpy start in 2017 had the project, anticipated to begin last April, delayed for several weeks. Rick Molchany, director of general services and Lehigh County’s point man for major projects such as the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, was optimistic that the project is back on track and moving forward.

“The time we lost earlier was made up by a winter...

Survey shows support for historic district

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

A recently completed survey of property owners in the proposed Hokendauqua historic district has revealed a majority supports the project.

In a report from Howard Lieberman, director of the Whitehall Township Economic Development Authority, 171 property owners within the residential neighborhood around the former Thomas Iron Works in Hokendauqua were sent surveys asking for feedback about the proposed district.

Lieberman said nearly 67 percent of respondents said they favored...

Coplay Public Library: Join us for storytime today

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Storytime and crafts with Miss Veronica will be 11 a.m. April 19 and 26 and May 3. All ages are welcome to attend, and no preregistration is necessary.


April’s free movie Saturday is April 21. Our 1 p.m. feature will be Disney’s “The Three Lives of Thomasina,” followed by “Victory,” starring Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone, 2:30 p.m.

These events are open to everyone.


The library will be joining the SPARK library system June 28. In order to...

Coplay: Borough anniversary committee to meet April 19

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Coplay’s 150th anniversary committee and celebration participants will be meeting 7 p.m. April 19 in council chambers to begin putting final plans and events together.

We are less than one year away from the gala kickoff. Do not miss the deadline to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Contact Steve Burker at sjburker@rcn.com for more information.


Brindle Buddies and Friends’ basket social will be held 11:30 a...

District news: Students celebrate Earth Day early

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in School

Earth Day is observed April 22, but Gockley Elementary School students will show their school spirit tomorrow, April 20, by wearing colors of green to celebrate the spring weather. Go green, and join the fun!


Reminder: PSSA testing is still underway for grades 3-8. The state testing will be done for two weeks. Fourth grade will test in science during the week of April 23-26.

It is very important students do their very best to attend school during these dates. Be sure...

Cementon/Egypt: Mennonite church to host breakfast

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Whitehall Mennonite Church, 4138 Wilson St., Egypt, will hold a Dutch breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. April 21.

The meal is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, call 610-262-7013.


Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church’s youth group is hosting a penny party April 22. Doors open noon, and games start 1 p.m. The church is located at 4331 Main St., Egypt.

A penny party is similar to a tricky tray. Items are passed around on a tray, and...

Hokendauqua: St. John’s plans basket social

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mickleys, 2918 MacArthur Road, will have a basket social 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 20. You must be present to win.

For more information and cost of tickets, call the church office at 610-821-8725.


There will be a Whitehall Area Hunger Initiative meeting 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 24 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road.


Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a craft fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


A DUI arrest brought police to Third and Eugene streets.

Officers assisted Catasauqua police with a fight at 11th and Race streets.

An open car door in the 800 block of Willow Drive was investigated.

The department responded to a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of Walnut Street.

A sewer backup at Second and Eugene streets was reported.

A traffic stop was...

Rain barrel workshop is planned

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Whitehall Township

Save water by installing a rain barrel! Rain barrels sit underneath a downspout to collect water from the roof each rain event. The water can be saved and used to water plants in your yard.

By using a rain barrel, you can help save drinking water resources, decrease water and sewer bills, utilize higher-quality water for plants and reduce polluted runoff from storms.

On April 21, join master gardeners and master water stewards for a rain barrel...