Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Parent input led to early start of kindergarten plan

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Nov. 12, Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Hackett formally announced the addition of the full-day kindergarten program, which will begin in August 2019. The district had been discussing the option for several years.

Originally, the program was slated to begin August 2021, upon completion of the new building. However, at an open meeting held in February, parents and community members questioned why it couldn’t begin...

Funding for kilns work still a concern

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Support for the need to preserve the historic Saylor Kilns continues to be strong, as members of the borough community and Lehigh County admire these monuments to the pioneering cement industry of the 1800s. However, funding to further the restoration work is becoming more of a concern.

Interior steel work and brick restoration were done in 2016. One of the kilns was also capped at that time. The project, which carried a $430,000 price tag, was paid for with funding with Lehigh County...

Railroad memories

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

We recently wrote a five-part series on railroad memories, which resulted in a number of people sharing their own railroad experiences with us. So I called my friend Mike Bednar, a former railroad engineer and author of a number of railroad books, requesting more information. He graciously agreed.

Mike and his friend Ken Bealer authored the book “Trackside Around the Pennsylvania Cement District” in 2010. They write that seven railroads at one time served the area.

Do our older...

Resident turns self in after 2017 robbery

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh Township

Steven Poliquin, 29, of Lehigh Township, has been arrested for a 2017 armed robbery at Turkey Hill in Cherryville.

Lehigh Township Police Department said Poliquin contacted Lehigh Township police to turn himself in for the armed robbery that occurred approximately 10 p.m. Dec. 17, 2017, at the market, located at the intersection of Blue Mountain Drive and Lehigh Drive.

The initial police report stated a male subject wearing a mask and brandishing a...

Fire calls

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Local News

NOV. 19

Stations 37 and 38 responded to a carbon monoxide incident at 3016 S. Birch St.

Station 35 assisted police or another agency on Mickley Road.

NOV. 20

Station 36 was dispatched and canceled en route to 1228 MacArthur Road.

NOV. 22

A water or steam leak at 1855 Fern Court brought out Stations 35, 36, 37 and 3502 (deputy chief).

A malfunctioning alarm system at 2180 MacArthur Road was handled by Stations 36, 37 and 38.

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McNeill welcomes $582,325 for local municipalities

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Recycling grants

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, said three municipal recycling programs in her legislative district have been awarded state grants totaling $582,325.

“Recycling programs help to lessen the burden on our landfills and, in turn, help to maintain our environment for future generations to enjoy,” McNeill said. “It’s great to see that successful programs being conducted in Salisbury Township, Whitehall Township and Fountain Hill are being rewarded with these...

Hokendauqua: Walking tour has been postponed

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The walking tour of the historic Thomas Iron Works area of Hokendauqua that was scheduled for Oct. 27 has been postponed until the spring.

The event is hosted by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.

More than 40 people had registered.


During the 10:30 a.m. worship service Dec. 16, Sunday school classes at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, will present “The Christmas Carol — Special Report,” a Simple Plus program celebrating...

District News: Zephyr Elementary School students can holiday shop Dec. 3-7

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in School

Zephyr Elementary School will have its lil’ shoppers’ shop, sponsored by the PTO, Dec. 3-7. Students will bring home an envelope with information for review.

The shop is optional for students.


Whitehall-Coplay Middle School’s Student Council members are currently working on the annual Holiday Hope Chest program — the collection of new, unopened and unwrapped small gifts for boys or girls in specific age groups.

Students will collect filled shoe boxes, to be...