Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, July 19, 2019

Mako to deploy to Middle East

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

A local politician will soon trade in his office suit for combat boots.

State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, announced recently he will deploy to the Middle East this fall to help fight terrorism and secure international peace.

“I’m going to pick up the call to duty,” said Mako, 30, of Lehigh Township.

A combat veteran and U.S. Army helicopter pilot in the Pennsylvania National Guard, attached to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment, Fort Indiantown Gap, Mako...

Conner honored as Unsung Hero

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

In honor of Older Americans Month, 14 Lehigh County residents were recognized May 15 at the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services’ 19th annual tribute to Unsung Heroes at Fellowship Community, Zentz Community Center, Whitehall.

This tribute honors older adults in the Lehigh Valley who have displayed exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.

Ulysses “Junior” F. Conner Jr., of Whitehall, was among the honorees....

Borough denies recreational fee change

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting July 9, council members denied a request by David Scheuermann, of DVS Enterprises, for relief on recreational fee payments for his proposed apartment complex on Second Street.

DVS Enterprises Inc. has a plan to develop 48 residential apartments in six buildings at 250 N. Second St. in Coplay. A portion of the property, less than 10 percent of the total, is in Whitehall.

The new apartment complex will mimic the existing property on...

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Mr. Jim Berger was raised in Leesport, graduating from Schuylkill Valley High School in 1985.

After school, at age 14, he worked at the Leesport Cattle Auction, recalling, “I enjoyed working with the cattle as a youth. I even milked cows on a relative’s farm.”

Upon graduation, he was employed full time at Leesport.

Later, he studied masonry at Berks County Vo-Tech; as a result, Jim was hired by Ken Short Construction to do brick and block work.

His cement career...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


A reported overdose brought police to the 1000 block of Mickley Road.

Police investigated a report of a domestic offense against family in the 2100 block of North First Avenue.

Officers were on the scene of a child abuse call in the 100 block of Sixth Street.

A report of identity theft in the 3700 block of Lehigh Street was investigated.

The department responded to a mental health...

Stiles: Historic Bethlehem Blueberry Festival to be held July 20, 21

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Visit the Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem to attend the Historic Bethlehem Blueberry Festival July 20 and 21.

There are blueberry treats, like pies, strudels, ice cream and coffees to enjoy. Kids can partake in crafts, and there are culinary contests and pie-eating contests, too.

There is an admission fee.

Stop by and check out the festival.


Remember to visit the farmers markets in our area. This is the best time to enjoy some fantastic locally grown...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers assisted a citizen in the 400 block of Crane Street with protection-from-abuse information.

Police investigated a complaint of loitering/prowling in the 700 block of Bethlehem Road. The persons were located.

A neighbor dispute occurred in the 100 block of Prospect Street.

Police assisted an outside agency at Lehigh Valley International Airport, 3311 Airport Road, with a report of...

Another View

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

These are the famous words spoken by Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut who was the first person to walk on the moon. Armstrong was also an engineer, a pilot and a college professor.

After the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong said his microphone didn’t pick up the word “a,” so what he actually said was, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

During the mission, which occurred from July 16...

Fullerton: St. John’s plans July 19 bingo

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., will be having a gift card bingo 7 p.m. July 19.

The doors will open 6 p.m.

Tickets are now available for a discounted price, and they will also be available at the door for the regular price.

Call the church office at 610-264-8421 for tickets or more information.


St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., would like to remind its parishioners that food will be collected for the...