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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.

Coplay column

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Chairman sought for bike rodeo

The bike rodeo sponsored by Coplay Town Watch, which has been held for more than two decades, is in jeopardy.

Tentatively set for Saturday, June 13, at the Coplay Parkway, the event will be canceled unless someone steps up to chair the event. Former chair Beverly Miller has stepped down.

Participating children on tricycles, big wheels and two-wheelers maneuver went through a figure eight while a bicycle police officer was present. New bike helmets are given to each rider and hot dogs and refreshments follow.


Coplay column

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Egg hunt slated for April 4

Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association will hold the annual children's community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4, beginning at 1 p.m. As in previous years, it will be held on the spacious grounds at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Fifth Street.

The event is open to borough children through 10 years of age. Roger Rabbit will be the attraction. The association will offer further information closer to the event.


Hearing set in hit-and-run

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by AL RECKER in Police Log

Amanda Miller, 21, of Bath, will appear for her preliminary hearing March 11, 1:30 p.m. in Magisterial District Court, West 21st Street, Northampton, on hit-and-run charges stemming from a Jan. 16 incident.

Northampton Borough Police reported a vehicle she was driving struck a 10-year-old girl. Miller, according to police, fled the scene of the accident.

Miller was placed in Northampton Count Prison initially on $5,000 bail by District Judge Danel Corpora. She is now free on bail, posted by her mother, Tammy Weist of Bath.

Coplay column

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

New 2nd St. eatery is anticipated

North Second Street may be welcoming a new eatery.

A handmade colorful sign in the window where Bill's Lunch used to be located states Bacon Strips soon will occupy the premises.


Activity has been noticed at the closed Wachovia Bank across Second Street from the restaurant. Some speculate perhaps the handsome brick structure could open as a new business venture. The former bank branch location has been closed for many years A posted sign states the property is available for leasing.


Coplay column

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Hoagie sales going strong

Hoagies are like gold to the American Club of Coplay. Selling its one millionth hoagie several years back, the club's volunteers are now on the way to reaching 1,800,000.

The group of volunteers assembles its popular meat and tuna hoagies at a building erected just for that purpose. Each volunteer has a station next to a moving conveyor belt for adding the cheese, high-grade meats, lettuce, tomatoes and hot peppers and the secret tuna mix recipe to the cut rolls.


Time to sign up for spring sports teams

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Coplay Sports Inc. youth teams are currently enmeshed in league basketball competition, but spring is also on the minds of the members of the organization. The group is holding youth baseball and softball sign-ups for boys and girls 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Sixth Street field house.


Coplay Saengerbund is preparing to observe its 100th birthday in 2017.

Founders and many members have their roots in Austria, and the bonds with the Burgenland State continue.