Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, June 26, 2017

Township gets new firefighter

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Fourteen area volunteer fire departments added 31 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion June 8 at a ceremony held at Lower Macungie Township Community Center.

Robert Tully completed the training to be certified as a Whitehall Township firefighter.

This was the seventh annual Bucks County Fire Academy course, held twice a week from January to May, at Allentown Fire Academy,...

Fort Deshler dig set

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

A dig at Fort Deshler — a military outpost during the French and Indian War and with now a historic plaque off MacArthur Road recognizing its place in history — will be conducted this summer in the hopes of yielding artifacts and remnants of the once-stone structure that has its place in the early beginnings of Whitehall Township.

The Fort Deshler site is near MacArthur Road and Columbia Street, partially on what is now a busy four-lane highway and on privately owned land.


WHS newspaper is student production

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by STACEY KOCH in School

The Zephyr, a student-produced newspaper at Whitehall High School, continues a 50-plus-year print tradition, thanks to some dedicated journalism students and their always-encouraging teacher.

Deidra Herbert, a WHS teacher of English, journalism and broadcasting/studio/television production, has been with Whitehall-Coplay School District for 11 years. Prior to that, she taught in western Maryland for 12 years.

As early as the 1960s, there has been The Zephyr newspaper at the...

Fullerton: Free breakfast program underway

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative’s free breakfast program, held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 835 Third St., for children in grades K-12 in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, is underway. The schedule is 8:30-10 a.m. through Aug. 25.

Besides breakfast, there will be games and activities, special theme weeks, crafts and fun reading programs, as well as a bagged lunch to take home.

For more information, contact Lana Snyder at 610-533-1357.


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Fighting for life with the help of medicine, family, friends

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

It was difficult keeping such a rare cancer diagnosis from my sister and her family and my close friends; however, by doing so, I was able to ignore the disease and accept each day as it came.

I now look back and realize how careless and irrational my decision was to try to conceal such a disease. Concealing the disease ate away at my conscience and, ultimately, my physical body.

About two weeks ago, I began feeling ill — ill in the sense I lost my appetite, energy and sizable...

Coplay police

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police conducted a welfare check in the 200 block of South Fourth Street.

Credit card fraud in the 1000 block of Bernice Drive was reported.

Officers conducted a security check in the 100 block of South Eighth Street.

The department received a report of bridge construction signs knocked over along the Ironton Rail Trail.

Officers responded to a parking complaint in the 200 block of...

Council seeks update on Saylor Park work

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Council got an earful of the potential delays during its regular session June 13. Councilman Charles Sodl, along with council President Louis Bodish, grilled township Engineer Daniel Witczak on the status of Saylor Park. The borough received a grant from the state to complete a revamp of the area across from the Saylor Kilns.

Sodl’s questioning was specific; he wanted to know when the project would start and the expected completion date.

Like all projects that...

Catasauqua: Historic association to host walking tour

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association will hold a historic walking tour of industrial Front Street 4-6 p.m. June 24. The group will meet at Tony’s Top Cat, 607 Front St.

After the tour, there will be a taco meal at Tony’s. The cost includes your meal.

Cash or a check, made payable to HCPA, or credit payment via Square will be available.

Call Deb at 610-231-0603 for cost, reservations and other information.


St. Mary’s Church, Second and Union...

Northampton: Atlas museum is open June 24

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will be open 1-3 p.m. June 24. It is located next to borough hall, 1401 Laubach Ave.

The museum will be open the second and fourth Sunday through September.


Holy Trinity Nursery School, 1235 Main St., has a limited number of spaces available for the 2017-18 school year.

The 2-year-old playgroup class meets 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 12 children. Children do not need to be toilet...

Stiles: Happy summer!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Summer has officially arrived, as of 12:24 a.m. yesterday, June 21. Since we are entering the hot and humid months, now is a great time to remind yourself to hydrate. Dehydration can happen so quickly, especially if you are exercising outside, playing sports or working in the yard. Carry a water bottle with you, so you can continuously hydrate.

Also, eating more fruits and vegetables helps since they are high in water content. Stay safe!


The 69th annual Cement Belt...