Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Coplay: Borough hall offices only open to staff

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Coplay’s municipal building remains shut down for public access; however, borough officials report the town hall office operations remain open to the staff.

The public can contact the borough via email or telephone.

Police operations continue on an around-the-clock basis.

The borough hall lockdown includes the athletic club, weightlifting and fitness on the second floor, the twice-weekly aerobic classes and use of the basketball court.


Catasauqua: Support your local restaurants

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Columns

By now, I’m sure everyone is going a little stir-crazy — and, by that, I also mean everyone has likely been doing a lot of cooking.

Why not give yourself a break and support some of our local restaurants that are still open for takeout and delivery?

Some restaurants open for takeout or delivery are Blockers Coffeehouse, Front Street, 610-443-0707; Pie’s On Pizzeria, Front and Pine streets, 610-264-7000; Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie, Mulberry Street, 610-443-2284; and New China, Second Street, 610-266-8000.

Remembering: Taking a look at the Weaversville Academy catalog

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this column, Mr. Larry Oberly and this writer are enrolling in the Weaversville Academy on Weaversville Road, East Allen Township. The year is 1858. I hope we are accepted!

This rare 1858 academy catalog was a copy from Amanda Weaver. Michael and Samuel Weaver were two of the founders of the academy. Samuel was Amanda’s father.

Ms. Susan Jenkins Weaver, family researcher, graciously has shared this information with our readers. The land for the school was donated by the Weaver family.

Catasauqua: Check on events

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Please note, in light of the current situation, many local events are being canceled.

Call the host organization or watch local news alerts regarding the status of these events.

Also, check to see if your churches will be canceling services, especially with Easter fast approaching.


My email address is if there is any information you would like published in this column.

Thank you — and hang in there, everyone!

College Corner

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Area students earn degrees

Kutztown University

Kutztown University has conferred degrees for more than 550 students for the fall 2019 semester and winter 2020 session. Kutztown University announces degree conferment twice a year — once in the winter and once in the summer. Commencement exercises are held in May and December; however, students finish the requirements for graduation throughout the entire year.

The cumulative GPA necessary for honors distinction is with honor (cum laude), 3.4; with high honor (magna cum laude), 3.6; and with highest honor (summa cum laude), 3.8.

Coplay: Egg hunt canceled

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association has canceled the community Easter egg hunt, originally scheduled for April 11, on the grounds of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church on Fifth Street.

It is the first time in decades the egg hunt will not be held.


The closure of borough hall has caused Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association to mull over alternatives on how to get the food to the 21 families and individuals who use the food bank.

Association President Rick Hess reported various ideas are being discussed by the board to ensure patrons are taken care of.

Remembering: Weaversville Academy

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by ED PANY, Curator Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Ms. Susan Jenkins, who researched the Weaver family history, provided us with a rare segment of local history, a Weaversville Academy circular and catalog from 1858. The public school system we have today dates back to 1834 when the state of Pennsylvania created the common school system.

The law was a major accomplishment of Gov. George Wolf. Wolf, of German lineage, was born in what is now East Allen Township. The restored Wolf Academy in the township preserves the Wolf legacy.

Coplay: Borough municipal building is closed

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Coplay’s municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St., is closed for two weeks, according to Paul Boyle, public works director.

The youth basketball programs and aerobic classes are canceled. The fitness room on the second floor is also closed.

The police station hours, public works and garbage collection services remain intact.


Coplay Sports has suspended baseball and softball programs.

Further updates will be announced as information is received.