Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Station gets new firetruck

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township Fire Department is officially the owner of a new pumper truck for the Egypt station. The new apparatus, designated as Engine 3911, is a 2018 Pierce pumper, which pumps 1,500 gallons per minute and has a 750-gallon reserve water tank.

It replaces a 1999 Kovatch pumper.

The new pumper, which cost approximately $650,000, is one of seven fire engines operated by the township department.

Township Fire Chief David Nelson said the department has a fire engine...

WCSD board is shown special appreciation

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in School

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Jan. 14, board members were thanked for their dedication and support in recognition of School Board Appreciation Month.

“Our board members are very visible in our district, supporting our students in the academics, arts and athletic arenas,” Dr. Lori Hackett, Whitehall-Coplay School District superintendent, said. “They devote significant time attending committee meetings, board meetings and serving and supporting district- and building-...

Firefighters recognized for service

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Eight Whitehall Township firefighters, including one volunteer with more than 50 years of service, were recognized by the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at the Jan. 14 meeting.

Dennis Scholtis, current safety officer for the fire department, received his third commendation from the township in his 50 years as a volunteer firefighter.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. called Scholtis “one of the brightest lights in the volunteer and rescue world” and said his accomplishments...

Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Local News



Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.


Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.


Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Dear reader:

I am concerned about Lily.

Last month, Sesame Street, the beloved children’s program responsible for lessons on topics such as numbers, letters and rubber duckies, revealed to online viewers one of its cast members, a deep fuchsia plush muppet with long hair named Lily, was dealing with homelessness.

Lily, who is described as about 7 years old, and her family lost their apartment and moved in with Lily’s teacher and friend Miss Sofia.

In several...

Jacob Hausman earns Eagle rank

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

Jacob Hausman achieved the rank of Eagle Scout Dec. 15, 2018, at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony, held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fullerton.

Hausman graduated from Whitehall High School in 2018 and is currently attending Kutztown University, where he is majoring in elementary education (pre-K through 4).

He earned 31 badges during his Scouting career, which began when he was 7 years old. He is a member of Troop 59, sponsored by Shepherd of the Hills...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

DEC. 30

Officers responded to an animal complaint at Third and Oliver streets.

Police assisted the fire department in the 1100 block of Howertown Road.

Lost property in the 1000 block of Howertown Road was reported.

A parking complaint in the 100 block of Clover Street was addressed.

DEC. 31

The department assisted Catasauqua police with a domestic issue in the 400 block of...

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Mr. Michael Fink, as a youth, lived in a company home in Evansville. The former house is now the site of the Lehigh Heidelberg office. He was born while his father, Dennis, was serving the nation in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

He recalled, “After Dad returned home, we moved to Fleetwood. Soon, all the old company homes were gone; only a few old steps remain as a reminder of the past.”

Michael graduated from Fleetwood High School in 1988. A month later, he joined his grandfather...

Whitehall-Coplay lunch menus

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in School

Thursday, Jan. 17: Elem. — Ham and cheese on pretzel bun, steamed corn, celery sticks, banana, chilled peaches, milk choice; M.S. — Ham and cheese on pretzel bun or PB&J, steamed corn, banana, chilled peaches, milk choice; H.S. — Ham and cheese on pretzel bun, seasoned wedges, banana, chilled peaches, milk choice; H.S. premium — Baked chicken, whole-grain crackers, salad plate, steamed corn, chickpeas, chilled peaches, banana, milk choice

Friday, Jan. 18: Elem. — Cheese pizza,...

Stiles: Tricky tray is Feb. 16

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Columns

St. John the Baptist Church, 3024 S. Ruch St., will be holding its 13th annual tricky tray 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the church social hall.

This is always a great time, and it will get you out of the house during the cold winter and lift your spirits as you run into other neighbors and friends from the community.

There will be many baskets and trays that you can win at this raffle event.

The kitchen will be open, serving homemade dishes and baked goods for purchase....