Catasauqua Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

Guest View

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey: ‘Enough’

“Enough. We don’t have to live like this. Politicians who refuse to take action to reduce gun violence are complicit in this carnage. If we’re going to truly confront this uniquely American problem, we have to speak uncomfortable truths. Over and over again, domestic terrorists use high powered, military-style assault weapons to kill our children and our families. There are a whole range of steps that must be taken. Congress’s first priority must be passing universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines and banning military-style assault weapons, among other measures.

Paul E. Herrmann

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

master cabinetmaker

Paul E. Herrmann, 81, died recently. He was the husband of Elisabeth Herrmann.

He was a master cabinetmaker for Ace Hotel and Bar Supply, Allentown, and was retired from Ritter and Smith Lumber Company, Allentown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Barbara with Michael, Heidi and Wendy with Curt; four grandchildren, Kyle, Marcus, Alex and Liesel; and a brother, Hans.

He was predeceased by a sister, Joanna Nikles; and a son-in-law, Jeffrey.

His life celebration will be celebrated privately.

Guest View

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey: ‘The perpetrators of these murders are cowards’

“The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are the latest, horrific examples of the violent scourge that is gripping America.

“The perpetrators of these murders are cowards.

“We must do more to keep guns out of the hands of psychopaths.

“While no law will end mass shootings entirely, it’s time for Congress to act to help keep our communities safer.

“We should start by passing bipartisan proposals such as my legislation with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand background checks to all commercial firearm sales.

CMS News: Locker night at middle school planned for Aug. 20

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in School

The fifth-grade locker night will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

Students will practice opening their lockers and take an informal tour of the building via a scavenger hunt.


Fifth-grade and new student orientation is scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. Aug. 21.

Students will meet their teachers and learn more about Catasauqua Middle School.

Transportation will be provided for bus students on this day.



Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in

Stezelberger wins gold


Christian Stezelberger, of Slatington, recently participated in the SkillsUSA Championships. He was a competitor in the industrial motor control competition and won the gold first-place medal. He is a first-year student at Northampton Community College. Stezelberger was the only competitor from NCC but hopes his win will inspire more students to compete next year.

Coplay police

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers were on the scene of domestic disputes on South Second and South Front streets.

Police assisted a citizen with a domestic issue in the unit block of Magna Drive.

The department assisted North Catasauqua police with a report of a burglary in progress in the 1200 block of Third Street.

A road hazard in the unit block of North Front Street was reported. Dirt bikes and ATVs were being operated in the streets, according to the report.

Coplay: Final swim lessons set for Aug. 10, 11

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Parkway Pool will hold the final swim lessons Aug. 10 and 11. The pool-certified lifeguards are the instructors. More information is available by calling 717-809-6789.

The popular aqua Zumba lessons at the pool continue 6-7 p.m. Mondays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Instructor Tara Miller said if the weather results in a postponement, the lessons are rescheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.


The Coplay Democratic Club will hold its summer meeting 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at Paulie’s Restaurant, 1214 Chestnut St.


Whitehall police

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police investigated a report of child abuse in the 3700 block of Lehigh Street.

An alarm in the 1100 block of Schadt Avenue brought police to the scene.

Officers responded to reports of suspicious activity on Ammon Way and Broad Street.

Hazardous conditions on Fairmont Avenue, Jordan Boulevard and North Coplay, Range and Mechanicsville roads were addressed.

The department performed a welfare check at Lehigh Valley Mall.

Guest View

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf: ‘We can and must take action’

“Frances and I are mourning an especially horrific 24 hours of gun violence in America. We’re praying for the victims of El Paso and Dayton and two young women shot in Philadelphia last night.

“Many ills contribute to this rising violence. We can and must take action.

“We can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks. We can make communities safer. We can target white nationalism and promote tolerance. We can invest in mental health care and help those struggling.

“We cannot accept this violence as normal.

“We must act.”