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Whitehall plans to showcase Ironton Rail Trail in late September

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Stroll Down the Trail, a one-day celebration showcasing the Ironton Rail Trail, has been scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

Whitehall commissioner Phillips Armstrong shared plans for the event with his fellow commissioners at a short workshop meeting Monday night.

"We have a beautiful pathway through our township," said Armstrong, adding he hopes residents of all ages will explore the rail trail that day.

"It's all systems go, everything looks good for it," said Armstrong.

The total trail is nine miles long. It includes an almost-six-mile-loop and a three-mile-long spur. Most of it is paved.

Part of the spur section is in North Whitehall Township and part of the loop is in the borough of Coplay.

A free bus will drop people off and pick them up every hour at four spots along the trail, if they don't want to walk the whole thing or only want to walk it one way.

Armstrong said A-1 Limousine, where he works part-time, is paying half the cost for the bus and he is paying the rest.

Armstrong said it's his first year as a township commissioner and he wants to do more for the community than just vote.

He said the bus will pick up people at the Schadt Avenue playground in the township, where they will park their cars, and take them to the trail.

He also said Rite-Aid will give free blood pressure testing and offer flu shots in a pavilion at Hokendauqua Park.

The Whitehall fire department will be selling food at the event and a fire truck might be on display along the trail.

Local businesses and organizations are being encouraged to set up booths along the trail.

Armstrong said it will be a rain or shine event, then got some laughs when he accidentally told his fellow commissioners: "We're all hoping it's going to be rain."

"That might work," laughed Mayor Ed Hozza, Jr.

"Are you going to have the umbrella stand?" asked Commissioner Phillip Ginder.

Armstrong later said he hopes it will be a nice sunny day.

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