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Hockey thrives in Vistas Park

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Andrew Schantz, representing the South Parkland Youth Association, thanked South Whitehall commissioners for their support of the field hockey program.

Schantz noted the field at Vistas Park, near St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, is designated for field hockey.

“The program has grown to over 100 girls, and many coaches are involved,” Schantz said.

At a recent meeting, commissioners approved installation of an 8-foot by 10-foot vinyl storage shed for hockey equipment at the park.

Schantz said the shed will match the Vistas town houses behind the playing fields.

In other business, township Manager Renee Bickel reported a tentative agreement has been reached with the collective bargaining unit from the public works department.

The document, which involves employees in Teamsters Local 773, covers four years.

“We’re thrilled,” said Bickel, as she indicated discussions between workers and township representatives were “amicable.”

Turning to another matter, Bickel introduced George Kinney, now director of community development.

She said Kinney has many years of experience in traffic issues and community development.

Kinney earned his Bachelor’s degree in environmental planning from Bloomsburg University and his Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State.

“It’s a pleasure being here,” Kinney said. “I can tell you how great a reputation South Whitehall has outside the region.”

His previous job was with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented on Kinney’s hiring.

“We look forward to making our team even better,” Morgan said.