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Happenings

Monday, June 18, 2018 by The Press in Columns

JUNE 18

• Vacation Bible School (for age 3 through fifth grade), 5:30 p.m. (light dinner) and 6-8 p.m. (program), at Emmanuel’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township. VBS will continue until June 22. Information: church office at 610-837-1741 or vbspro.events/p/e4b084

• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339

• Aqua Zumba classes start, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at...

Board reacts to quarry’s federal violation

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners reacted angrily at its meeting June 11 to reports that a quarry, owned by Coplay Aggregates, contains high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and the township wasn’t informed for nearly three months.

Whitehall Township officials only found out about the contaminated fill June 5 when, after a meeting between Coplay Aggregates officials and Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., the township executive secretary received an email from the federal...

2018 Zephyr Graduates of Distinction Award ceremony held

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Whitehall-Coplay School District bestowed the 2018 Zephyr Graduates of Distinction Award to four individuals at an award ceremony April 19.

The honorees were Deborah G. Hagenauer, Class of 1979; Dr. Paula Radon Regan, Class of 1987; CDR Kenneth Lieberman, Class of 1992; and Heather L. Miller, Class of 2002.

These alumni were honored for their personal and professional achievements that have made significant contributions to their field of endeavor and to society. The nominees...

School board approves budget with tax increase

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting June 11, the board adopted the 2018-19 budget. The new budget is $70,386,888 and is an increase of 4.05 percent from the previous year.

The budget increases taxes by 0.6181 mill, bringing the total property tax rate for school taxes to 17.2108 mills. The increase is 3.73 percent and will cost the average homeowner an additional $106.53 annually.

The school budget has a provision that any savings during the year in excess of 7.5...

Coplay Public Library: Library has special hours June 14

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Summer hasn’t officially started, but schools are out, the weather is warmer — and who could wait for that first water ice or ice cream?

Mark your calendars for upcoming library events.

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The library will be open noon-5 p.m. June 14 due to SPARK training.

No fines will be charged for items due June 14. Don’t forget you can use the drop box located outside the library to return materials if the library is closed.

Some libraries in Lehigh and Carbon...

Editor’s View

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Miss America 2.0. Coming soon: New website. New show. New experience.

Previous winners of the popular pageant are casting their own votes now, after last week’s announcement that the Miss America organization will eliminate its swimsuit and evening gown contests from the 97-year-old event.

Gretchen Carlson, the newly named chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors and herself a winner of the pageant, also announced it was no longer to be considered a pageant, but rather...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 24

Officers addressed reports of disorderly conduct in the 1800 block of Schadt Avenue.

A theft from a vehicle in the 1200 block of Olympic Circle South was reported.

Police investigated a domestic offense against family in the 1300 block of Mickley Road.

The department addressed theft reports on Mechanicsville Road and North Second Street.

A wanted person in the 600 block of Front...

On the Homefront: Fathers matter in the lives of their children

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

All research begins with someone asking the question, “I wonder ...?” That is what my research design instructor told us on the first day of class.

I have a number of things that make me go, “Huh ...!” but at the behest of my family, who had to endure me going through graduate school a few years ago, I decided to spare them and not to embark upon a Ph.D.

There are two things I have found about research in the meantime: 1.) One can easily find “research” to back up pretty much...

Railroad memories continue

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In our last column, we wrote about railroad memories when the Central Railroad of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley Railroad, Northampton and Bath Railroads served Northampton, Coplay, Catasauqua and Cementon.

My first railroad trip took me to Allentown to shop in their popular stores, but a great thrill was a trip to visit my aunt in New York City. It was the first time I left Pennsylvania; she resided in the Bronx.

Our elementary years were spent at the Our Lady of Hungary School....