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Camp Cementon: Campers enjoy fun games

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by ERIC SMITH COUNSELOR in School

In the blink of an eye, five weeks have passed at Camp Cementon. Our fifth week of camp was full of exciting games and activities, which were enjoyed by campers and counselors alike.

Several campers arrived for the first time this summer, and Monday offered an opportunity for introductions. Campers competed in Jump the River, dodgeball and several other games on Monday as well. The afternoon concluded with an exciting game of Drip-Drip Splash and a beautiful day at the pool.


Whitehall police

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers responded to a fire in the 3600 block of MacArthur Road.

Animal complaints on Keystone and Fullerton avenues were reported.

The department responded to criminal mischief on Oak Alley.

Reports of harassment on MacArthur Road and Crystal Drive were addressed.

A theft occurred in the 700 block of Fifth Street.

Police responded to mental health calls on Virginia Avenue...

Catasauqua: Catty park concert features blues band

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua Park Amphitheater, 501 American St., presents the James Supra Blues Band 7-10 p.m. July 27.

Come on out with your lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments.


Public Library of Catasauqua, 302 Bridge St., will be showing a family movie 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 28. The movie will be “Ferdinand” featuring John Cena.

The summer reading program concludes 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 31 with Officer Wiseman and his K-9 partner Zora visiting. There will be Oogie’s ice...

Coplay Public Library: Get moving with storytime July 26

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Storytime and crafts with Miss Veronica will be “Let’s Move” July 26 and “Let’s Sing” Aug. 2. Both programs are 3-4 p.m.


Our summer music-themed weeks are going strong. The theme for July 30 is musicals and soundtracks, and Aug. 6 will be British rock, a tribute to our friends across the pond.


Game night will be 5-7 p.m. July 30. Try your luck on a new game, or pick up pointers from the Scrabble experts.


Our Wednesday programs for kids...

Hokendauqua: Free community meals are planned

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

There will be Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative community meals at the following Hokendauqua churches.

• Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Aug. 5

• Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church, 3300 Seventh St., Sept. 18

• First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St., Oct. 16

• Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church, Nov. 20

The free meals are guaranteed for the first 100 guests and will be served 4-6 p.m.

For more information,...

Fire calls

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Local News


Stations 36 and 40 were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 22 westbound.

A malfunctioning carbon monoxide detector at 3701 Ash St. brought out Stations 38 and 39.

Stations 39 and 40 responded to a sprinkler activation due to malfunction at 5290 W. Coplay Road.

A malfunctioning alarm system at 221 Fifth St. brought out Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3502 (deputy chief).

Station 35 assisted police on MacArthur Road.


Railroad series concludes

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this concluding column, Mr. Mike Bednar, noted local historian, recalls some of our railroad history. Mike worked on railroads for 41 years and, with the aid of his wife, Donna, wrote a number of books on railroad history and lore.

In the last column, we wrote about two famous Lehigh Valley Railroad trains — the Black Diamond and the John Wilkes.

Today, we board the Asa Packer, Maple Leaf and Central Railroad of New Jersey’s Philadelphia Flyer.

The Maple Leaf was a...

Northampton: AARP meeting to be held Aug. 8

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The Northampton AARP Chapter 3915 will meet Aug. 8 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

Doors open 11 a.m.

Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

If interested in any trips, please call Sharon at 610-261-9182


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1235 Main St., will hold a flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18.

Food will be available for purchase.

Proceeds benefit the church’s building fund.


CWSA releasing solar project for bid

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) regular board meeting July 19, Engineer Darryl Jenkins reported the solar project is ready for bid. He expects bid results back in time for the August meeting.

The board proposed looking into solar as a way to supplement power to its pumping stations over a year ago. Strict requirements were set that the products used needed to be American made.

The solar industry is in its early stages of development, and reliable contractors are...

Editor’s View

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

National and local news reports over the last several weeks have focused on efforts by environmentalists to ban plastic straws, which endanger marine life once they make their way to the oceans and apparently live on forever in landfills.

McDonald’s began the movement, announcing June 4 that biodegradable paper straws would be used throughout the United Kingdom by 2019.

The company also said it would begin testing plastic straw alternatives in the United States later this year...