Northampton Press

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fighting for life with the help of medicine, family, friends

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

It was difficult keeping such a rare cancer diagnosis from my sister and her family and my close friends; however, by doing so, I was able to ignore the disease and accept each day as it came.

I now look back and realize how careless and irrational my decision was to try to conceal such a disease. Concealing the disease ate away at my conscience and, ultimately, my physical body.

Joan Ann Kula

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Joan Ann Kula, 69, of Coplay, died June 13, 2017, at her home. She was the wife of Gerald G. Kula for 29 years.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late William and Dorothy E. (MacBride) Lynch.

She retired in 2016 from Muhlenberg College after a career in food service as a chef in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two stepsons, David and his wife Renata of Spotsylvania, Va. and Jason and his wife Jill of Fogelsville; a stepdaughter, Karrie Kula of Detroit, Mich.; and a granddaughter, Jordyn Kula.

Golf tournament

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Hankee Fund

The Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund will be holding its 10th annual Krysta Hankee Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 9 at Whitetail Golf Club, Bath. Shotgun starts are 7:40 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

The per-player fee includes greens fees, cart, lunch and prizes.

Lunch will be provided by Carmel.

Tee time will be secured when payment is received. Whitetail tournament and seasonal sponsorships are available.

For cost, registration and other information, email or call 610-767-4154 and leave a message.

Jonathan E. Flook

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Jonathan E. Flook, 60, of Coplay and formerly of Fullerton, died June 14, 2017, in Allentown. He was the husband of Debra Klinger of Coplay.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Gerald and Nancy Flook.

He was a Whitehall High School graduate.

He was a deejay for 91.3 WLVR Lehigh University, Bethlehem, for many years. He worked in the parts department of Haldeman Ford, Kutztown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Rebecca Bowman and Ellen Hyland and her husband Peter; a brother, David Flook and his wife Gail; a nephew; and three nieces.

north Catasauqua police

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers assisted Coplay police with a report of a domestic dispute in the 300 block of Schreiber Avenue.

In the 1000 block of Fourth Street, a domestic dispute brought out police.

Criminal mischief in the 1300 block of Third Street was reported to police.

Police responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of Howertown Road.

Officers assisted a citizen who fell in the 1400 block of Main Street.


William G. Lauffer Jr.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

William G. Lauffer Jr., 85, formerly of Emmaus, died Feb. 10, 2017, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. He was the husband of Joan (Balze) Lauffer.

He is survived by his wife; children, Nancy Anderson, John and Karen; three granddaughters; one great-grandson.

A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. June 17 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 Cedar Crest Blvd. A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. in the church.

Arrangements were made by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.

Editor’s View

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Politicians need to call an extended Christmas Truce to their rancor

Snoopy’s Christmas

“Christmas bells, those Christmas bells

Ring out from the land

Asking peace of all the world

And good will to man ...

“The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights

He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight

Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know...

“The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine

And forced him to land behind the enemy lines

Snoopy was certain that this was the end

When the Baron cried out, ‘Merry Christmas, my friend!’ ...

“The Baron then offered a holiday toast

Coplay: Scoreboard dedication is Saturday

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

A large crowd is expected noon Saturday at Sammy Balliet Stadium for the dedication of the impressive state-of-the-art digital scoreboard in the outfield. Local dignitaries, sports figures and others, including an IronPigs mascot, will participate.

The stadium grounds has the enviable reputation as one of the finest diamonds in the region, where Curt Simmons of Egypt and Phillies fame honed his pitching skills.