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Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Oldies dance set for American Club

The Whitehall Lions Club will hold a spring fling oldies dance Friday, May 15, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the American Club pavilion, Cherry Street.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

The kitchen and bar will be open.

For tickets or more information, call 610-261-2920 or 610-262-7598.


Now is the time to get rid of used tires.

Public works personnel this Saturday will be at the borough parkway parking lot accepting the old tires for free.

Lafarge Cement Company is again providing a large trailer for the tires.

Atlas museum to open Sunday

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only such museum in the United States renowned for its collection of artifacts that tell the story of cement manufacturing in Northampton and the region, will open its 2015 season this Sunday.

Located at 1401 Laubach Ave., in a wing of borough hall, Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas museum will be open to the public the second and fourth Sundays of the month, 1-3 p.m., through September. Admission is free.

Coplay Column

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

St. Peter's, library to hold joint event

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Fifth Street, and the Coplay Public Library are partnering for an event on Saturday.

The church will hold a chicken and ham dinner, and the library will hold a basket social.

The dinner and basket social is from 4 to 7 p.m.


The Coplay Democratic Club will hold a "Meet the Candidates" event on Saturday, May 2, 1:30 p.m., at Paulie's Restaurant, Chestnut and Ruch streets.


Streets across Coplay Borough are scheduled to be swept by the public works department May 20 and 21. Alleys will not be swept.

Coplay Column

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

AARP to meet at American Club

Whitehall AARP 3115 will meet Thursday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at the American Club of Coplay, 300 Cherry St.

Entertainment will be by Al Grout, a magician/juggler.


Sammy Balliet Stadium is sporting a colorful look these days.

The stadium is now offering advertising on the baseball outfield fences and fences ringing the football fields.

Since the ball field has no outfield fencing, advertising runs a stretch of the fences outside its gates, at the Eighth Street section.

Coplay Column

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Borough crew preparing pool

The opening of the parkway swimming pool is only a couple of months away.

Borough public works crews are already at the scene with a backloader performing a myriad of tasks.

The laundry list includes cleaning the pool and changing rooms, making pump repairs and chlorine machine adjustments and performing other maintenance.

A bit of good news for pool patrons.

The borough reports there will be no hike in admission rates for the 2015 season.

The pool manager position might again change, however.

The pool's popular deejay parties are expected to return.

Senior fair set for April 17

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

State Rep. Daniel McNeill (D-133rd) will team up with State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18th) April 17 to sponsor the annual spring senior fair.

The senior fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at a new location, Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. The event was previously held at the East Side Youth Center, Hanover Avenue, Allentown.

More than 600 seniors along with 60 exhibitors from various governmental organizations, participated at the event in 2014. To date, 75 vendors are committed, with attendance expected to increase even more.

Coplay Column

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Rec & Welfare group will hold egg hunt

The Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association will hold its community children's Easter egg hunt this Saturday, 1 p.m., on the grounds of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Fifth Street.

The rain date is Monday, April 6.

Children are in for a double treat. They will hunt for and collect 1,200 colorful plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. Also, Roger Rabbit will also greet the children. Pictures will be available.

The siren of a borough police vehicle will mark the start of the egg hunt, with prize eggs in each age group.

Coplay Column

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

American Club to hold egg hunt

The American Club of Coplay will hold its Easter egg hunt for children on its pavilion grounds this Saturday.

The Easter bunny will be present to greet and take photos with children. The fun begins at noon.

Food and refreshments will also be provided to those attending.


Coplay Tax Collector Jeffry Deutsch anticipates a rush by property owners to pay their 2015 garbage bills by the March 31 deadline.

If owners pay their bill by that deadline, they will receive a 10-percent discount.

Businesses open in borough

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Coplay is undergoing a bit of a renaissance, the likes of which hasn't been seen in years.

The Bacon Strip opened last Saturday to a large crowd. The restaurant, on North Second Street, has undergone extensive upgrades. Formerly Bill's Lunch, the eatery is open for breakfast and lunch.

Across from the newly opened restaurant, the former Merchants Bank has begun major renovations after being closed for several years. The colonial-style building reportedly will serve as a a gym. Another business in the building has yet to be named.

Hokendauqua bridge opening may be delayed

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Contractor requests PennDOT approval for postponement

Construction on the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge has hit a snag and the $18 million bridge project may not be completed until December.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, confirmed Feb. 28 the tentative new bridge construction timetable from contractor HRI Construction, based in central Pennsylvania.

"It's a setback of 185 days," Molchany said.

Consultants, engineers, inspectors and others are studying HRI's request for the 185-day delay.

"We should have an answer in about two weeks," Molchany noted.