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Picnic is Aug. 2

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

The borough's population will swell Sunday, Aug. 2, when St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church holds its 61st annual parish family picnic and homecoming on its spacious grounds on Fifth Street.

Families, who over the years have moved out of town, will return for the celebration with local families.

While there is no official count of those attending the homecoming, estimates put the crowds in the 2,000 range.

More than just a fundraiser for the church, the one-day event is, by any measure, a homecoming celebration, reuniting families and friends.

Businesses growing in Coplay

Thursday, July 23, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

The borough's lower end, where commerce prospered decades ago before shopping centers and malls came on the scene, is making a comeback of sorts.

Signs of a rebirth are evident on Second and Chestnut streets.

The latest addition to Second Street is Barry Lovelace Athletic Training Academy, located in the long-vacant Merchants National Bank.

A suite or two in the same brick structure could be occupied by tenants later this year.

Stanley Reinhard Jr.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

His passing a loss for Coplay

The passing of Stanley Reinhard Jr. leaves a void in the borough.

This Coplay resident served the community in various appointments and volunteer work.

In his early years, he was borough fire chief. He was also involved in church and community service projects and the planning commission.

It was Reinhard's commitment to his position of commander of the Coplay American Legion, Post 426, that propelled him as the Pennsylvania American Legion Adjutant, CEO of one of the country's largest Legion posts.

Cleanup continues in borough

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Cleanup by the borough's employees and residents continues this week in the wake of the devastating storm last Tuesday that left tens of thousands of dollars in damage to properties and vehicles.

Hail, the size of golf balls, bounced off homes and car roofs and hoods.

Large areas of the borough lost power, but Giant Foods remained open, using its generator but roping off the refrigerated and frozen food sections.

Television stations were quick on the scene, filming in the borough and Whitehall Township.

Elvis impersonator to perform at pool

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Elvis will be in town to get the Fourth of July holiday off to a rousing start.

Elvis, aka Andy Svreck, will be at Coplay's Parkway Pool on Friday, July 3 for two shows, 6 and 8 p.m.

There is a fee to see the show, which is just one of several special attractions planned for poolside,


Residents are reminded there is a large receptacle in the borough hall lobby on Fourth Street to dispose of unwanted or outdated medications.

The public is asked not to dispose of the medications when they put the garbage out for collection.


Coplay police investigating overnight theft, vandalism at pool

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Police Log

An overnight break-in June 24 at Coplay's Parkway Pool rocked borough officials, who said it was the first major occurrence in memory since the pool's opening in the 1970s.

Patrol Officer William Globosits discovered the heavy steel doors at the pool's entrance ajar at 3:45 a.m. and immediately informed Councilman Steve Burker, recreation committee chairman, and Council President Lou Bodish.

Coplay Column

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Pool again offering Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba, the popular swimming fitness program, has returned to Coplay's Parkway Pool.

Classes will run every other Friday evening and will start at 6:30 p.m.

Further information is available at the pool.


There are no patriotic happenings scheduled in the borough this Independence Day.

The American flags will continue to fly for the holiday and then be taken down. The flags will again be put up for Veterans Day.

The fireworks display that had been put on for many years will also not take place this year.


Bridge builders to meet with county, PennDOT

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Construction on the new Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge has accelerated over the past couple of months as workers scramble to finish the project.

Lehigh County Director of General Services Rick Molchany said June 5 that a meeting will be held June 16 at the PennDOT offices in Allentown, at which HRI Construction, the company building the bridge, will meet with county and PennDOT officials.

Coplay Column

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Penn professor to discuss kilns

University of Pennsylvania architecture professor Frank Matero will address borough officials on restoring the Coplay cement kilns at 11 a.m., June 17 in council chambers.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, said Matero was invited to the informal session by Spillman Farmer Architects, Bethlehem. Spillman has compiled a 50-page report regarding the possibility of restoring the kilns.


Coplay American Legion Post 426 has sent out a reminder that Sunday, June 14, is Flag Day.