Parkland Press

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K-9 sniffs out gunpowder at L.C. Government Center

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Nevie, Lehigh County’s bomb-sniffing K-9, signaled to her handler, Sheriff’s Deputy Rich Garner, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 she had found a suspicious package at the Government Center during her daily mail inspection.

The Sheriff’s Office obtained Nevie, a German Shepherd, last year.

Born Sept. 11, 2014, Nevie was named “Never Again,” in memory of the attacks on 9/11.

She was provided to the sheriff’s office by Progressive K-9 Academy, Walnutport.

Nevie is trained in all aspects of explosive detection as well as human scent tracking.

Parkland graduate dies in two-vehicle crash

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

A 1960 Parkland High School graduate died in a Nov. 2 crash on Route 248 at the Route 873 intersection, Lehigh Township.

Richard Bowman, 76, of Pen Argyl, was killed in the crash which occurred just after 5 a.m.

Lehigh Township police say a Kenworth tractor-trailer was eastbound on Route 248 when a gray Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Bowman, attempted to turn onto Route 873 from Route 248 westbound.

Bowman drove into the path of the rig at the intersection.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

16th Senatorial District

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

The winning candidate will serve a four-year term in office.

The Lehigh Valley Press asked the candidates the following question: Following passage of the Comprehensive School Safety Law, what else do you believe needs to be done to keep our children safe in school?

Pat Browne, Republican

I am proud to have authored this legislation which provides security expertise and funding to schools so that they may invest in equipment or personnel to protect our children.

National Fire Prevention week

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion


According to the National Fire Prevention Association website, this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” is about educating people on the three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire — and how to escape safely in the event of one:


Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.


South Whitehall responds to NAACP travel advisory

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

South Whitehall Township has issued a statement in reply to the travel advisory for “minorities and persons of color” issued Aug. 29 by the Allentown Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People regarding travel in and to the township.

According to the advisory, posted on the group’s Facebook page, the travel advisory was issued “to warn minorities to be aware of personal safety in interactions with South Whitehall Township’s Police Force,” which the Allentown Branch of the NAACP says “lacks any African American Police Officers.”

It was a tornado!

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Heidel Hollow workshop roof damaged

She had just parked her car at the barn across the driveway from her house when she heard buckets rolling down the macadam. Then, she heard the roof of the farm workshop explode.

Sonia Fink, co-owner of Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville, described what she heard as she tried to make it to safety when an EF0 tornado ripped through her family farm just before 6 p.m. July 22.

“I struggled to make it to the tree,” Fink said.

That tree, between the driveway where her car was parked and the edge of the property where her house is located, more than likely saved her life.

Farmland preservation celebrated

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Fink family honored for having Bicentennial Farm

State and county dignitaries were recently welcomed to David and Sonia Fink’s Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville.

The June 7 visit had a dual purpose.

This year, Lehigh County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation are celebrating 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production in both the commonwealth and in the county.

More than 5,270 farm owners, have preserved over 550,000 acres in Pennsylvania, which leads the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.

‘Hunchback’ sweeps the Freddy Awards

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Parkland High School thespians garnered the most Freddy Awards and Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical for their presentation of the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” during the May 24 presentations at the State Theatre, Easton.

In addition, Parkland received Freddy Awards for:

·Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra;

·Outstanding Use of Scenery;

·Outstanding Chorus; and

·Outstanding Production Number for “The Bells of Notre Dame;