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 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 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Residents are reminded there is a large receptacle in the borough hall lobby on Fourth Street to dispose of unwanted or outdated medications.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The triangular plot at Second and Chestnut streets, viewed by some as the Borough of Coplay's crossroads, will shortly be transformed into a passive park setting, giving the town an identity and pride.
Major players in the project are Giant Food, Lowe's Home Improvement and the borough's planning commission.
Street sweeping in Coplay each spring is usually a routine task, but last week it was anything but routine as the usual two-day task of cleaning all the streets took the entire week.
Rather than having a private contractor with a mechanized sweeper clean the streets, as was the custom for years, the borough borrowed the North Catasauqua sweeper.
With a winter that resulted with more grit and grime on the streets, the borough used more materials than customary to ensure the roads stayed open.
Want someone to cut your grass? Similar to the sidewalk snow-shoveling program, the borough has a list of individuals who will mow your lawn, which is especially helpful for seniors.
For residents wanting their grass cut, or for persons willing to do the work, call the borough office at 610-262-6008.
New American flags have been placed by American Legion Post 426 at veterans' graves at Coplay and St. Peter's cemeteries, an annual Memorial Day ritual.