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Thursday, September 12, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Pets to be blessed Sunday at pavilion

Trinity United Church of Christ will hold its annual blessing of the pets at the Coplay Parkway Pavilion this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The church will also hold its regular service at the pavilion Sunday. It will be followed by the church's September picnic and a Chinese auction.

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Plans are already underway for the annual Coplay Halloween parade, even though it is still five weeks away.

There is no reviewing stand this year.

The closest to what can be called a reviewing stand will be located at Rob's Auto Sales & Service Center at Chestnut and Seventh streets. Rob will move the cars out of the lot so RCN can televise the parade.

Bands and others in the parade will stop briefly at Rob's for a quick performance.

Unlike other parades in the Lehigh Valley, the Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association does not judge the bands, floats or groups. Instead, all parade participants receive a cash stipend, which amounts to the largest expenditure by the association for any of the events or programs it holds yearly.

With its annual fund drive bringing in less to its coffers than in previous years, the Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association has begun looking for sponsors for its parade divisions.

In turn, the association provides banners noting the names of sponsors.

The Coplay Saengerbund has had a long affiliation with the parade and the association. The Saengerbund provides hot dogs, chips, and sodas for parade participants at its outdoor pavilion. The parade route ends less than a block away from the club grounds on South Fifth Street.

The parade begins with fire trucks and rescue squads to honor volunteers who put their lives on the line.

Division 1 is led by the Coplay American Legion Post 426, with the colors.

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The Coplay Parkway Pool is closed until next June. However, residents can still swim, free, at the Whitehall High School Pool.

The borough and Whitehall Township, through a payment arrangement with the Whitehall-Coplay School District, offer a family swim 7-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays and an adult swim 8-9 p.m. the same nights.

The program, now in progress, runs until Nov. 20, with a recess before resuming in January.

Swimmers must show proof of residency. Children under age 10 must be supervised by a parent or guardian.