With construction of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge in its beginning stages, Lehigh County Director of Special Projects Rick Molchany recently said the new span over the Lehigh River linking Whitehall and North Catasauqua should be open to vehicle traffic in May.
In a new development, state Sen. Lisa Boscola's office confirmed the bridge will be named after Lt. Col. Thomas Lynch of Catasauqua, a World War II fighter pilot.
A Super Bowl tradition continues Sunday in the borough in conjunction with the NFL Super Bowl football championship game. Coplay Lions Club holds is annual Super Bowl All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the Coplay Saengerbund, 8 a.m.-noon.
The hall will be packed with families. This is one of the most well-attended functions yearly in town. Held as the Lions Club's major fundraiser for the year, children and grownups attend, sporting their favorite NFL gear.
The American Club and Coplay Saengerbund, both with a long-standing bond with the community, are known as social clubs. The two clubs have another niche in the borough, that of bowling. Bowling continues to be popular at the lanes of both clubs, although perhaps not as hyped these days as are other sports or recreational activities. League and open bowling is big at the clubs, whether it be men or women.
At times during the evening rush hour, traffic backs up from the Coplay-Northampton Bridge onto Chestnut Street, sometimes all the way to the traffic light at Second Street.
Some of the added traffic is attributed to the ongoing construction of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, but it is made worse by vehicles zooming down Ninth Street in Northampton and onto the bridge into Coplay.
Some residents wasted little time taking the decorations off their Christmas trees and discarding them for pickup by a borough public works crew. Trees were seen along street curbs as early as Christmas night.
Borough personnel held the first of their three holiday tree retrievals Jan 2. A second pickup is planned for tomorrow, Jan. 9, and final date for retrieval is set for Friday, Jan. 16.
The trees are ground up for mulch.
Borough residents are kept abreast of local events by strategically placed message boards, thanks to the Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association. The sign is located off Chestnut Street, between the borough veterans monument and Giant gas station.
Trinity United Church of Christ has its messages posted on a similar sign on the church property at Third and Coplay streets, and the Coplay Public Library has just put up a message board at Fifth and Center streets, outside the library.
Whitehall Township police detectives were kept busy in November responding to seven separate bomb threats at Whitehall High School.
In each instance, after a thorough search of the school, authorities determined the calls were false, according to a report to the township board of commissioners and Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. Dec. 8.
Police Chief Linda Kulp said there was also a bomb threat at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.
orough public works personnel completed their final yard waste and leaf pickup on Friday.
Crews are now ready to pickup discarded Christmas trees. Although the trees will be picked up in January, every holiday season there are one or more residents whose trees, surprisingly, are outside, awaiting pickup already on Christmas Day, with some more on Dec. 26.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town on Sunday. While this parade certainly isn't in the same league as Macy's, the local holiday flavor will not be lost on the children in the borough.
Led by a borough police vehicle and a borough fire truck, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be seated on a sleigh, while music of the season gives a festive air. Hosted by Coplay Sports Inc., the excursion is a tradition going back decades.
Santa will deliver wrapped presents to children whose parents provide them.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids and Catasauqua High School Rough Riders football teams slogged it out on a muddy Alumni Field in Catasauqua for the 90th Thanksgiving Day rivalry. The night before the game, high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and the school district superintendents exchanged some good-natured jesting at the annual Bury the Hatchet dinner. Both events are a long-standing tradition in the community.
The dinner was hosted by the Northampton Exchange Club.