Lehigh County residents disposed of 689.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 14th National Take Back Day Oct. 28.
The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 11,826.5 pounds.
Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
Officers investigated an unattended death in the 1100 block of Poplar Street.
A theft in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road was reported.
Animal complaints in the 5000 block of Main Street and the 500 block of Catasauqua Avenue were received.
A hazardous condition on Presidential Drive was investigated.
Retail thefts at Whitehall Mall and the 900 block of Grape Street were reported.
Police investigated a report of criminal mischief in the 900 block of Mickley Run.
Spirit week for students is set for Nov. 20-22.
Nov. 20 is pajama and slipper day. Students are permitted to wear comfortable pajamas and slippers on this day.
Nov. 21 is sports day, allowing students to wear their favorite sports team apparel.
Nov. 22 is Catty day, encouraging students to wear brown and white.
Reminder: Catasauqua Middle School students will be dismissed 12:35 p.m. today, Nov. 16.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held at the school 6-8:30 p.m. tonight as well.
Richard “Dick” A. Hahn, of Coplay and formerly of Allentown and Emmaus, died Nov. 11, 2017, in his home. He was the husband of Dolores “Dolly” M. (Billie) Hahn for 58 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Allen and Anna (Urban) Hahn.
He was a 1959 graduate of Emmaus High School.
He was in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS John W. Weeks during the Cuban missile crisis.
He was a 25-year veteran of the Allentown Police Department. He was a motorcycle police officer for 17 years and was then promoted to sergeant in 1982. He retired in 1990.
There are many working poor people living right here in Whitehall and Coplay. Sad as it is, this is virtually everywhere in the United States today. Let me try to explain what is happening.
Pennsylvania’s state minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. This is the same as the current federal minimum wage rate. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Pennsylvania with limited exceptions, including tipped employees, some student workers and other exempt occupations.
The Pennsylvania minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $0.10 from $7.15 to $7.25.
Bridge Street Studio and Gallery, 123 Bridge St., is having its annual pop-up shop Nov. 17, 18 and 25. The gallery features local craftsmen with a unique array of gifts.
The Nov. 17 event is a wine and cheese reception starting 5 p.m. Hours for Nov. 18 and 25 are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The gallery is owned by Kimberly Brubaker.
For more information, call 484-201-6140.
Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
At Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St., a vehicle and building were damaged.
Police said a dispute between brothers occurred at Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, 330 Howertown Road.
In the 200 block of Wood Street, a pursuit occurred. The investigation is continuing.
At Suburban North Family YMCA, 880 Walnut St., items were stolen. The investigation is continuing.
A hit and run occurred in the 100 block of Race Street. A vehicle was scratched.
To the Editor:
Northampton Area School District has decided to replace Lehigh Elementary School with a new building complex.
While I don’t know the details, I will accept the fact there is a need for some kind of improvement and/or maintenance upgrades. But is that because things might have been neglected for too long? It does seem odd that the price of renovations is so close to the price of new construction. Usually, renovation costs are much less than new construction costs.
St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter Roman Catholic Church will join Nov. 19 for the 51st annual Coplay Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. The 7 p.m. event will be held at St. John’s, 18 S. Third St. The program alternates between the churches.
This marks the first time since its inception in 1966 that Trinity United Church of Christ is not part of the service, as the church closed in August.
The combined choirs from the two churches will sing special songs for the service. Coplay Garden Club is providing the flower arrangements.