Catasauqua Press

Monday, July 22, 2019

Catasauqua police

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Criminal mischief in the 300 block of Faith Drive was reported.

A warning was issued on Second Street.

The theft of a package occurred in the 100 block of Wood Street. The investigation is continuing.

A vehicle was tagged in the 500 block of Pine Street.

In the 200 block of Second Street, a citation was issued.

Police assisted North Catasauqua officers and provided transportation in the 1000 block of Milton Street.

Carson “Poppy” D. Markle

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries


Carson “Poppy” D. Markle, 87, died June 23, 2019. He was the husband of the late Virginia R. Markle for 61 years.

He was the son of the late Victor and Gladys Markle of Emmaus.

From 1950 to 1953, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1st Marine Regiment 2nd Battalion Easy Company during the Korean War. He fought in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and received three Bronze Stars.

He worked as a driver for Bond Bakery and salesman for Speedmark Janitorial Supplies, before settling into a career as a bartender. He was voted a “Best Bartender in the Lehigh Valley.”

Ronald J. Meyers Sr.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

American Legion Post 473 member

Ronald J. Meyers Sr., 71, of Coplay, died June 26, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Judith (Gross) Meyers for 49 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Marth) Meyers.

He was a Whitehall High School graduate.

He was in the U.S. Army.

He was a processor in the textile industry for many years.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He was a member of the West Coplay Maennerchor, Coplay Saengerbund and the Coplay American Legion Post 473.

James E. Lamb Jr.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Walnutport

James E. Lamb Jr., 90, of Walnutport, died June 25, 2019, at the inpatient hospice unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Rosemarie (Cser) Lamb for 40 years.

Born in Upland, he was a son of the late James E. Lamb Sr. and Sara (Clampitt) Kohler.

He was in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean conflict.

He was a general superintendent at Alvin H. Butz Inc., Allentown, for 25 years.

He was a member of the carpenter’s union and of the American Legion.

Catasauqua: Holiday events are planned

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place 10 a.m., followed by an Honor Guard salute from American Legion Post 215, at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets.


Hunkajunk will perform July 4 at the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.

The Large Flowerheads will be performing July 5.

Performances by both bands will be 7-10 p.m.

Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.


Editor’s View

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Let’s celebrate!

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Northampton: Festival scheduled

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Community Days will be held July 10-13 at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.

Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.

A fireworks display is set for 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

The festival is sponsored by the Northampton Exchange Club.


Northampton AARP Chapter 3915 will meet July 10 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

Doors open 11 a.m.

Entertainment will be music by the Little Brass Band of the Lehigh Valley.

Refreshments will be provided.

Coplay: Pool lessons to start

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The Coplay Parkway Pool lifeguards will provide swim lessons in two sessions. Each class is one hour.

The first session will be offered July 6, 7, 13 and 14.

The second session will be July 20, 21, 27 and 28.

For more information, call 717-809-6789.


The free movies continue 5-7 p.m. at Coplay Public Library.

The July 8 movie is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The July 15 movie is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

The July 22 movie is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The July 29 movie is “Apollo 13.”

Daniel J. Gaffney

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Daniel J. Gaffney, 66, of Emmaus, died June 23, 2019, in his home.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of Jane L. (Zawilla) Gaffney of Whitehall and the late Donald B. Gaffney.

He was a 1970 graduate of William Allen High School and furthered his education at Bloomsburg University and Temple University.

He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 2599. He was a career steel machinist at Prior Coated Metals Inc., Allentown, for many years, retiring in 2017.

He was a Lutheran.

James E. Lechman

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Bethlehem Steel foreman

James E. Lechman, 77, of Bethlehem Township, died June 25, 2019. He was the husband of the late JudyAnn L. (Davis) Lechman.

Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late John and Anna M. (Helmecy) Lechman.

He was a general foreman in the electrical and machine shop of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and was very knowledgeable of Bethlehem Steel history.

He was a member of the North East Lion’s Club.