Whitehall-Coplay Press

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WHS student earns TPA award

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in School

Whitehall High School senior Alix Buskirk was chosen to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award April 12 for her dedication to her peers and her community as well as her accomplishments both academically and athletically.

The TPA Altruism Award honors those with a selfless concern for the well-being of others, and the staff at Whitehall High School unanimously determined that Buskirk was the most shining example of altruism at the high school.


Chosen words

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Hoist the balloons for the month of June

Month that you are

those near and far

Attend celebrations

as countless as stars

Sailing through






From the first to the 30th

We attend each event

Purchase gifts galore

So there’s ample delight

Such a splendid occasion is June

What a sight!

D.J. Hausman-Hill


Whitehall police

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 13

A sex offense in the 2600 block of MacArthur Road brought police to the scene.

Officers assisted with the report of a fire in the 3900 block of Mechanicsville Road.

A domestic offense against family on North 14th Street was investigated.

The department responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block of Third Street.

Police investigated a reckless driver on MacArthur...

Northampton: Paw Prints festival is June 3

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The 10th annual Paw Prints on the Canal is set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3 at Canal Street Park. It will be held rain or shine.

The event is sponsored by Northampton Borough and benefits the Northampton Police Department’s K-9 unit.

Highlights of the day include a rescue parade, noon, and a sharp-dressed pet contest, 1 p.m. Northampton’s K-9 unit will offer demonstrations.


Quota Club of Northampton will hold its annual yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9 at Canal...

Cementon/Egypt: Simmons festival is June 2

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The Curt Simmons Day festival is June 2 at Egypt Memorial Park, Hillcrest Lane and Curt Simmons Drive. The day’s events will kick off with a parade down Main Street starting noon.

Steel Creek Country Band will take the stage 1-4 p.m. Jake Kelegis and Crippled Moonshine will perform 4:15-6:15 p.m. The Aardvarks will play 7-10 p.m.

Come to the park for great food and music, children’s rides, games, auctions, raffles, beer and wine. Bring your friends and family to this fun...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 12

Police were on the scene of a suspected DUI at Fourth and Grove streets.

Officers assisted Catasauqua police with an underage drinking report in the 500 block of Front Street.

A suspicious vehicle in the 1300 block of Howertown Road was reported.

The department investigated a disabled vehicle on Howertown Road.

Officers performed a welfare check in the 1200 block of Fifth...

Coplay Public Library: Estate planning seminar today

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The library will host a free seminar 2 p.m. today, May 31, titled “Information You & Your Family Need to Know Before Making Decisions Regarding your Estate.”

Judith Frack will be on hand to answer your questions.


Storytime and crafts with Miss Veronica will be 11 a.m. June 7 and 14. All ages are welcome to attend, and no preregistration is necessary.


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

Steckel Elementary welcomes new interim principal

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

When Steckel Elementary Principal Peter Bugbee requested a leave of absence at the beginning of the year, Whitehall-Coplay School District turned to a familiar face to fill the position.

Karen Nicholas assumed the role of interim principal Feb. 20 and will serve through the end of the school year.

Nicholas spent 10 years as a language arts supervisor and reading specialist within the district before transferring to Northern Lehigh. She served as principal at Peters Elementary...

Editor’s View

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

The weekend of May 18-20 was a study in the contrast between love and hate, good vs. evil.

On Friday, hate prevailed as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, Texas, walked into the school’s art complex with a shotgun and a handgun and began shooting at his fellow students.

In the end, 10 people were slaughtered. Another 13 were wounded. Pagourtzis was taken into custody following a shootout with police.

Cable news stations almost...