Northampton Press

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Jean R. Catts

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Jean R. Catts, 86, of Whitehall, died Aug. 17, 2019, in Whitehall Manor, Whitehall.

Born in Stiles, she was the daughter of the late Roland E. and Stella I. (Betz) Zimmerman.

She is survived by two brothers, John G. Zimmerman and Charles R. and his wife Patricia Zimmerman, all of Whitehall; nieces; and nephews.

Services will be private.

Contributions may be made to the family to help to defray funeral expenses, c/o the funeral home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, 18037.

Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc.

Allen/East Allen townships: Walking club set to start Sept. 24

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Columns

East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Department will begin its fall walking club 9-10 a.m. Sept. 24 at Bicentennial Park West.

All ages are welcome to walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If interested, contact Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961, ext. 306.


Reminder: Allen Township and East Allen Township municipal offices will be closed Sept. 2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


East Allen Township is running a bus trip Dec. 7 to American Music Theatre, Lancaster.

Coplay: Take care driving; school is in session

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Now that schools are back in session, borough police are keeping a watchful eye on bus stops, particularly with younger children waiting to get on or off the school bus. Stops in the borough are mainly along Chestnut, Second, Fourth, Ruch and Oak streets. Motorists who fail to stop, despite the flashing lights and extended arm, face fines and possible prosecution.


Storytime at the Coplay Public Library, Fifth and Center streets, will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 29.

Gregory E. Besley

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Northampton

Gregory E. Besley, 73, of Northampton, died Aug. 25, 2019, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Joan M. (Marushak) Besley for 28 years.

Born in Cortland, N.Y., he was a son of the late Charles and Frances (May) Besley.

He was a senior project manager for D&K Construction, Middlesex, N.J., for 18 years until he retired earlier this year. Prior to that, he was the owner/operator of the former Brown & Matthews Inc., Clinton, N.J., where he had been an employee for many years.

Two-vehicle crash sends three to hospital

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Police Log


Lehigh Township police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash Aug. 25 at West Mountain View and Maple drives.

According to Police Chief Scott Fogel, when officers arrived at the scene, approximately 11:30 a.m., they found a silver Chevolet Equinox and a red Toyota Tundra pickup, both with heavy damage.

The driver of the pickup, Kim Gehris Jr., told police he was traveling east on Mountain View Drive when the Equinox, driven by Leon Borger, pulled out in front of him. The vehicles collided.

Northampton: Borough office closed Sept. 2

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Borough Municipal Building will be closed Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church will hold its annual family picnic Sept. 8 at Egypt Memorial Park, Main and Bank streets. The day begins with an 11 a.m. outdoor Mass.

Ethnic food, baked goods, children’s games, a basket raffle and games of chance are part of the event, held noon-7 p.m.

A deejay will entertain noon-3 p.m., followed by The Large Flowerheads 4-7 p.m.


Walter “Chuck” J. Frisch

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

resident of Fellowship Terrace

Walter “Chuck” J. Frisch, 85, of Germansville, died Aug. 20, 2019, at Fellowship Terrace, Whitehall. He was the husband of the late Bette J. (Handwerk) Frisch.

Born in North Coplay, he was the son of the late Frank and Gisella (Haber) Frisch.

He was employed at the former Coplay Cement Company for 35 years before retiring in 1995.

He was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Slatington, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as Eucharistic minister.

Carol L. Geiger

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Catasauqua High School graduate

Carol L. Geiger, 80, of Holly Springs, N.C., and formerly of Catasauqua, died July 29, 2019. She was the wife of the late William Geiger.

Born in Schoenersville, she was a daughter of the late Harry Woodring Sr. and Anna Alice (Schoenerberger) Knecht.

She was a 1956 graduate of Catasauqua High School.

She worked at Sears Department Store for many years.

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

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In the 100 block of Delaware Avenue, a vehicle was discovered on private property.

A burglary at Allentown Steel Fabricating Company Inc., 260 Race St., was investigated. Tools were taken, police said.

Criminal mischief — a hole in siding — in the 500 block of Church Street was reported.

A dispute in the 300 block of Howertown Road occurred.

Police said rail crossing gates were down on West Race Street.

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