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Whitehall police

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 2

Officers responded to a fire in the 3600 block of MacArthur Road.

Animal complaints on Keystone and Fullerton avenues were reported.

The department responded to criminal mischief on Oak Alley.

Reports of harassment on MacArthur Road and Crystal Drive were addressed.

A theft occurred in the 700 block of Fifth Street.

Police responded to mental health calls on Virginia Avenue...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 15

Officers investigated a report of criminal mischief in the 1300 block of Howertown Road.

A disorderly group in the area of Lincoln and Green streets was reported.

A traffic stop was performed in the 1400 block of Main Street.

JULY 16

A theft from a vehicle in the 1000 block of Front Street brought police to the scene.

Officers assisted Coplay police with a report of a...

Catasauqua: Catty park concert features blues band

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua Park Amphitheater, 501 American St., presents the James Supra Blues Band 7-10 p.m. July 27.

Come on out with your lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments.

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Public Library of Catasauqua, 302 Bridge St., will be showing a family movie 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 28. The movie will be “Ferdinand” featuring John Cena.

The summer reading program concludes 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 31 with Officer Wiseman and his K-9 partner Zora visiting. There will be Oogie’s ice...

Allen/East Allen townships: Clam night planned

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Clam night at Lappawinzo Fish and Game, 25 Lappawinzo Road, will be held 4 p.m. Aug. 11.

The event is first come, first served and is open to the public.

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There will be breakfast at Lappawinzo Fish and Game 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 19.

There is a cost.

The event is open to the public.

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Reminder: The fourth annual Northampton Area School District Student Council car show will be held July 28 at Bicentennial Park West, 5351 Park West Lane (off...

Railroad series concludes

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this concluding column, Mr. Mike Bednar, noted local historian, recalls some of our railroad history. Mike worked on railroads for 41 years and, with the aid of his wife, Donna, wrote a number of books on railroad history and lore.

In the last column, we wrote about two famous Lehigh Valley Railroad trains — the Black Diamond and the John Wilkes.

Today, we board the Asa Packer, Maple Leaf and Central Railroad of New Jersey’s Philadelphia Flyer.

The Maple Leaf was a...

Northampton: AARP meeting to be held Aug. 8

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The Northampton AARP Chapter 3915 will meet Aug. 8 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

Doors open 11 a.m.

Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

If interested in any trips, please call Sharon at 610-261-9182

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1235 Main St., will hold a flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18.

Food will be available for purchase.

Proceeds benefit the church’s building fund.

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Lehigh Township: Lehigh Township Historical Society sets open house

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

There will be an open house at St. Paul’s Schoolhouse, run by Lehigh Township Historical Society, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 11.

The schoolhouse is located at 780 Almond Road, Walnutport.

There will be a special presentation in the church fellowship hall 11:30 a.m. by Tammy Schane (Talks by Tammy) about the progressive movement of the early 20th century and how it was affected by World War I and the flu pandemic in 1918.

At this annual event, snacks and drinks will be provided...

Council discusses options regarding fireworks law

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The seemingly never-ending fireworks that rocked neighborhoods all across Northampton Borough over the Independence Day holiday were the hot topic at the July 5 meeting of borough council.

Edward Deichmeister implored borough lawmakers to address the issue with action.

“The fireworks were going off all over,” Deich- meister said.

What really got his attention, though, was when someone, at approximately 2 a.m. July 2, detonated fireworks that “shook the house.”

He...

Coplay: Garden club meets July 26

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Coplay Garden Club meets 7 p.m. July 26 at St. John’s Lutheran Church’s social hall, 18 S. Third St.

The club members plant and take care of flowers at public sites, such as the library grounds.

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The St. John’s Lutheran Church Bible study group will have a summer cookout and movie July 29 beginning 6 p.m. at the parsonage of Pastor Timothy Boyer, Third and Coplay streets.

Another such evening will be held Aug. 19.

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Each year, the Sunday Pool...

Editor’s View

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

National and local news reports over the last several weeks have focused on efforts by environmentalists to ban plastic straws, which endanger marine life once they make their way to the oceans and apparently live on forever in landfills.

McDonald’s began the movement, announcing June 4 that biodegradable paper straws would be used throughout the United Kingdom by 2019.

The company also said it would begin testing plastic straw alternatives in the United States later this year...