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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Neighbor supporting neighbor

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, supporting your neighbors means not only serving the spiritual needs of the community, but also the social and physical needs of your neighbors. Following the lead of Pastor Brian Riedy, Holy Trinity’s church family has spent the last two years getting to know Catasauqua residents and community leaders.

You may have seen their faces the past two summers when church members distributed bag lunches at Catasauqua Park...

Local area food banks are accepting food, monetary donations

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by CASSANDRA DAYOUB in Local News

We are living in a confusing time where frustrations linger on the uncertainty of tomorrow. During a crisis, it seems natural to savor our snacks and hoard our food, but it is during difficult times we should turn and share with our neighbors — 6 feet apart, of course.

With members the community facing the possibility of temporary layoffs due to the current coronavirus pandemic, many are stretching their last paychecks for everyday essentials. Children who are used to eating one or...

Virtual meetings

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

What do Girl Scouts do when their meetings are canceled because of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus? Set up virtual meetings, of course.

Cadette Troop 6038, of Whitehall, had planned an event for March 17 at Chick-fil-A, on MacArthur Road, to celebrate Girl Scout Week. For this event, the troop planned to set up cookie samples, hold a trivia contest and have materials available to make cards for the military.

Then, Pennsylvania school districts were ordered to close — at...

Emmaus Rotary Club honors women

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Emmaus Rotary Club once again celebrated International Women’s Day at its March 5 meeting by honoring Jill Long with the Rotarian Award and Corrine Goodwin with the Community Award.

Rotarian Alicia Ruiz-Orbin is the chair of the International Women’s Day celebration for Emmaus Rotary Club.

Ruiz-Orbin provided a history of women in Rotary, saying, “Female members were not admitted until 1989 when the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary Club...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police investigated a domestic offense against family on MacArthur Road.

Disturbances on Georgia Drive and MacArthur Road were reported.

The department responded to a report of fraud in the 4100 block of Main Street.

Officers investigated a suspicious vehicle on East Union and Third streets.

Alarms on MacArthur Road and North Church Street were investigated.

A theft occurred...

Coplay police

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.


Domestic disputes in the unit block of North Second Street were investigated.

Police investigated the theft of packages from a porch in the 100 block of South Second Street.

A vehicle in a no- parking area in the unit block of North Third Street was reported.

Officers assisted a citizen in the unit block of South Fifth Street.


Police assisted a citizen in the unit...

Sheckler News: Facebook page has learning resources

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in School

The extension of school closures in Pennsylvania is until further notice.

We will do our best to keep you updated on any information as it becomes available.

Don’t forget to check on Sheckler Elementary School’s Facebook page for posts about sites for students to experience some learning opportunities while at home.


During the week of March 30-April 3, Sheckler Elementary is having a virtual spirit week.

During these fun days, you can participate by...

District explores learning options, continues food distribution

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has extended the school closures until further notice.

To help offer continuity and learning skills for students, Catasauqua Area School District is “providing additional guidance and resources to engage students in review, reinforcement and enrichment activities,” according to CASD Superintendent Robert Spengler.

The optional and ungraded activities will focus on concepts students have already been taught. Teachers will not be teaching new lessons or...

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...

Municipalities provide COVID-19 updates

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by PAUL CMIL, PAUL FOX AND BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Catasauqua Borough

Catasauqua Borough, in cooperation with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 25 stay-at-home directive, is buttoned down.

“Everybody is staying in,” Vincent Smith, council president, said. “On nice days, people are walking and maintaining social distance. There seems to be respect for everyone’s space.”

According to Smith, the next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 6. It will be provided digitally via video with the digital site available for...