Whitehall-Coplay Press

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First Presbyterian welcomes new pastor

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by KAT SCHNEIDER in Local News

At long last, the congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St., will have a leader at the helm.

After two-and-a-half years of searching and reviewing applicants for the position, the congregation has named the Rev. Christine Kass, or “Pastor Christy,” as its head.

A former journalist, Kass worked as a reporter and editor before entering Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem. Congregants first met Kass when she filled in as a pulpit supply, or...

It’s a full day

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in School

On Aug. 26, Whitehall-Coplay School District’s new full-day kindergarten program welcomed its first class of students.

Six portable classrooms were added to Gockley Elementary School this summer. They were finished by Aug. 16, just in time for kindergarten orientation, which was held Aug. 21.

“The planning team had meetings consistently during the 2018-19 school year to be sure that careful consideration was given to all aspects of this project. We visited two other schools...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

AUG. 12

In the 100 block of Delaware Avenue, a vehicle was discovered on private property.

A burglary at Allentown Steel Fabricating Company Inc., 260 Race St., was investigated. Tools were taken, police said.

Criminal mischief — a hole in siding — in the 500 block of Church Street was reported.

A dispute in the 300 block of Howertown Road occurred.

Police said rail crossing gates were...

Lifeguards honored for quick response

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. awarded commendations to two Whitehall Township lifeguards Aug. 22 for their quick response to a child in distress.

Lifeguards Abby Pastir and Taylor Levan spent their summer working at Cementon Pool. On the afternoon of Aug. 10, they observed a young girl, Gianna Miller, in distress in the grass area. The lifeguards jumped into action, providing lifesaving actions to help the 1-1/2-year-old.

Other lifeguards involved in swimming-...

Catasauqua: Summer concerts at borough park are winding down

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Columns

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 30, come out to the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St., to hear the James Supra/Sarah Ayers Band.

As always, remember to bring those lawn chairs or blankets and snacks!

There are only two more concerts scheduled for the summer concerts program — Sept. 6 and 13.


Catasauqua Fire Police will be having a flea market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 31 at the training grounds on Race Street.

You can rent a 10-foot-...

Stiles: St. John the Baptist plans annual picnic

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Columns

On Sept. 1, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will hold its annual church picnic. Stop by the church grounds, located at Ruch and Chestnut streets, and enjoy the musical entertainment, delicious food fare and games.

You are sure to run into some neighbors there!

The fun starts noon and will continue until 9 p.m.


Reminder: Whitehall-Coplay School District students returned to school Aug. 26, as did many from other neighboring school districts. Remember to be...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

AUG. 5

An assault in the 3400 block of North Ruch Street brought police to the scene.

Officers investigated criminal mischief on Bridge Street.

The department responded to disturbances on North Church and Second streets and Mickley Road.

The unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the 1000 block of Mickley Run was reported.

Police were on the scene of an officer injury in the 2100 block of...