Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, September 22, 2018

County executive submits budget plan

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

On Aug. 31, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, officials and residents received their first look at the proposed budget for 2019 when Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong presented his first budget since assuming office.

After a visual presentation of supporting charts and documents, Armstrong gave the hefty 488-page budget to Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty.

To make the proposed $506.1 million budget (themed “Back to the Future”) balance, Armstrong resurrected the...

Whitehall man medals at Transplant Games

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Mark Payson, of Whitehall, won several medals during the 2018 Transplant Games of America, held Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He won gold in the 1500m, 800m and 400m, silver in the 1500m walk and 5K and bronze in the high jump while representing Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties on Team Philadelphia.

Payson donated one of his kidneys in 2010.

There were 12 competitors from the Lehigh Valley on Team Philadelphia, which covered eastern Pennsylvania, southern New...

Coplay considers intersection fix

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With the Coplay-Northampton Bridge under construction, Coplay Borough decided to fix the intersection at Second and Chestnut streets. Township Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented his findings at the Coplay Borough Council meeting Sept. 11.

Council members had expressed their concerns about the intersection during several prior meetings. The goal, as Councilman Charles Sodl expressed it, is to make the borough’s busiest intersection as good as it can be.


Cementon/Egypt: Purse bingo is scheduled for Sept. 29

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The Egypt Memorial Park organization will hold a designer purse bingo 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at the park pavilion. Doors will open 4 p.m.

Only 200 tickets will be sold. Call Lynn at 610-261-9058 to reserve yours.


Laurel Fire Company, 5114 Third St., Cementon, will host a fall festival noon-6 p.m. Oct. 6. Tours of the firehouse will be conducted noon-4 p.m. and will include opportunities for photos on a firetruck.

Firefighters will also be there to answer questions...

Board approves resignations

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in School

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Sept. 10, board members accepted the resignations of Carol Jo Reitz, Future Business Leaders of America adviser at Whitehall High School; Adam Konsavage, math teacher at WHS; Amanda Mast, third-grade teacher at Steckel Elementary School; Antoinette Saliby-Issa, paraprofessional at Zephyr Elementary School and Gockley Elementary School; Jennifer MacDade, Spanish teacher at WHS; David Cressman, math teacher at WHS; Elizabeth Eck, adviser/co-adviser...

District News: Meet-the-teacher nights planned at high school, middle school

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by The Press in School

Reminder: Meet-the-teacher nights are happening this month. This is a great opportunity to start the school year by meeting your child’s teacher(s) and touring his or her school. Mark your calendar, and plan to attend!

Whitehall High School, 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20

Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27

There will also be a PTO Plus book fair.


Once again, Whitehall-Coplay School District students have access to a web-based program that makes for...

A historic cemetery in East Allen Township

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

I recently made my semiannual visit to the historic Horner’s Cemetery in East Allen Township. The cemetery was part of Craig’s Scotch-Irish Settlement founded in 1728. The cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Northampton County. The first burial there was in 1747.

Ten years ago, my friend Peggy Moser organized a group of dedicated volunteers who cleaned and restored the cemetery. A 10th anniversary program will be held there 1-4 p.m. Sept. 22 on the cemetery grounds, 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd...

Coplay: Dinner is Sept. 22

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by The Press in Columns

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., will hold a congregational community dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the church hall.

Shepherd’s pie with cream cabbage, applesauce, dessert, rolls and beverages are on the menu. The public is welcome.


Commitment to Family and Community, 165 Cherry St., is hosting an all-you-can-eat Italian night 4-7 p.m. Oct. 13.

The meal will include salad, garlic breadsticks, spaghetti, meatballs, sausage with peppers and onions,...

Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 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.