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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Some do’s & don’ts for viewing Monday’s total solar eclipse

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by DR. LINDA CHOUS in Local News

The first total eclipse to span coast to coast across the U.S. mainland in almost a century will be visible Aug. 21. For people in Pennsylvania, the eclipse coverage will reach over 75 percent.

This rare celestial event is a spectacular occurrence; however, there are precautions people should take to help maintain their eye health while witnessing the spectacle in its full glory. Looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause serious eye damage, including blurry vision...

Coplay getting borough streets back in order

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented council members with a host of plans at their meeting Aug. 8.

“We are ready to award the handicap curb cut project to Vanic Company for around $63,000,” he said. “They were the low bidder. I have not worked with them before, but they met all of our requirements.”

The project will clean up Hokendauqua Street and includes curbing that was disturbed by recent construction. There is also a price in the package...

School board welcomes new teachers

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Less than two weeks from the official start of the school year, five of Whitehall-Coplay School District’s newest teachers were introduced to the school board at the Aug. 14 meeting.

Meghan Malpedo, Shawn Wydrzynski, Samantha Solomon, Kevin Miller and Erin Dolan were each introduced by their respective principals. Malpedo is the high school’s new art teacher; Wydrzynski will teach music at both the middle- and elementary-school level; Solomon will teach second grade at Steckel...

Congregation gathers to share Trinity memories

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The final service at Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay, Aug. 6 had the congregation in the pews for two hours, much longer than usual.

Emotions swept over the families present. Men and women clung to every Scripture read and each hymn sung. They were in no hurry to leave, realizing it was the final chapter in the church’s 146 years of serving its members and the community.

On leaving the church for the final time, there were many teary-eyed persons; voices crackling were...

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Local News

AUGUST

THURSDAY 17

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

TUESDAY 22

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

WEDNESDAY 23

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.

FIRE CALLS

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Local News

AUG. 6

Stations 36, 37 and 38 responded to a sprinkler activation at 2180 MacArthur Road.

AUG. 7

A request for assistance by EMS brought Stations 3501, 36, 37 and 40 to 2601 MacArthur Road.

Stations 3501, 36, 37, 38 and 39 responded to a cooking fire at 3 Maryland Circle.

AUG. 8

Station 39’s Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched for a call, which was later canceled, at 1724 Glacier Court.

A report of an odor of smoke at 2282 MacArthur Road...

Digital art classes offered at Baum

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in School

LCCC

Through Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) ongoing partnership with The Baum School of Art in downtown Allentown, three digital arts classes will be offered at Baum for the fall semester.

In addition to offering studio arts classes, this significant expansion of bringing digital media to Baum allows students interested in an arts degree to complete both general education classes (at the college’s Allentown site) and arts classes all in downtown Allentown.

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SkillsUSA honors Whitehall student

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

SKillsUSA honored dozens of local students at its 31st annual Elmer Gates awards breakfast, held May 25 at the Best Western Conference Center. Among them was Whitehall High School student Fabian Montano.

SkillsUSA Council founder Gates established the program to recognize students at local career and technical schools for exemplifying qualities desirable as both a student and prospective employee.

The Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards are presented to students based on their...

Another view

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

My name is Julia Fritz, and I worked as the summer intern at the Lehigh Valley Press’ eight weekly newspapers.

I graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and am currently a rising junior at Muhlenberg College, majoring in media and communications with a double minor in Spanish and creative writing.

I have always loved to write, and I wanted to explore the different career paths I could take with my interests, so I inquired about an internship with the Lehigh Valley...

GUEST VIEW

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

When school doors open later this month or right after Labor Day, the controversial No Child Left Behind Act will be on its way out, and the Every Student Succeeds Act will be on its way in, although full implementation will not begin until the 2018-19 school year.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, this bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the national education...