Parkland Press

Friday, June 23, 2017

There’s no ‘Doubt,’ POTS’ play certain to be a hit

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Stepping away from the norm, Players of the Stage has been hard at work rehearsing for its June 22-24 production of “Doubt” at Relevant Church, Allentown.

A small troupe of four actors sets this play apart from previous Players of the Stage production.

The all-adult cast takes on challenging issues in a performance that gets to the heart of human uncertainty.

“What do you do when you’re not sure?” asks Father Flynn during the sermon in the opening scene of “Doubt.”

Class of 2017 says a ‘proper goodbye’ to Parkland High School

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Looking forward to the future while appreciating the past was a theme that ran throughout the Parkland High School Class of 2017 graduation June 12 at PPL Center, Allentown.

In front of a full house crowd of family and friends, the students marched two-by-two in procession to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” played by Parkland’s High School Band, until the last of the 773 red-and-gray clad soon-to-be graduates sat neatly in rows, nearly filling the floor of the venue.

Parkland schools collect food for Second Harvest to help combat hunger in the community

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in School

Team work was the word for the day as representatives from all Parkland schools converged at the high school recently to help wrap pallets filled with various foodstuffs.

These pallets were then loaded onto trucks and taken to Second Harvest Food Bank, Nazareth. This 12th annual event was a district-wide effort in combatting hunger in the community.

In the month prior to the massive food delivery, students and staff from each of the eight elementary, two middle schools and the high school were encouraged to donate non-perishable canned or boxed food items.

Retired state police sergeant discusses sovereign citizens

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Robert Bemis recently presented a discussion concerning sovereign citizens at Kutztown University.

Co-sponsored by the Association for Campus events and the Criminal Justice Department, the presentation was aimed at providing information to the criminal justice students but it was also open to the public.

Bemis, a retired Marine, discussed the origins of the sovereign citizens’ movement, ways to recognize their beliefs and suggestions on how to decrease any violence on their part.

Students showcase scientific research at Parkway Manor

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in School

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade independently researched and then showcased their scientific inquiries through several project categories at the recent Parkway Manor Elementary Science Fair.

The “Engineering, Invention and Demonstration” category involved making a model, such as a volcano or slime.

Students read science-based material and presented their findings by making colorful and informative poster boards in the “Exploring Science Through Reading” category.

Board OKs location of pavilion

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The location of the Ironton Rail Trail pavilion was debated by supervisors and members of the IRT committee during the March 6 North Whitehall Township supervisors meeting.

IRT representatives told supervisors that after meeting with Township Manager Jeff Bartlett and the township engineer, it was recommended the pavilion be erected on the east end of the parking lot where the land is flat.

Supervisor Steve Pany had some concerns about the safety there due to the closeness of the ball fields.

‘Pippin’ finds itself this weekend at Parkland

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

“Pippin” is coming to the stage this weekend at Parkland High School.

“There is spectacle; there is magic; there is fun and there is color,” Director Frank Anonia said.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Roger Hirson, and originally directed on the Broadway stage by Bob Fosse, “Pippin” has amazed audiences for decades.

The story of an ambitious young man searching for his own “Corner of the Sky, the title character is played by high school junior Reese Diaz in his first title role.

OMS thespians say hello to ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’

Thursday, March 9, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

To wash away the winter blues, why not “Put on a Happy Face,” and treat the entire family to the simply sweet Orefield Middle School performance of “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

This musical comedy with book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams features many upbeat musical numbers as it follows Albert Peterson, a songwriter and music agent, who is about to lose his star teenage heart throb, Conrad Birdie, to the draft in the 1950s.

Tom Muller endorses Armstrong as successor for county executive

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Supporters and friends gathered around Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller for what was thought to be a “campaign kickoff” at Brookside Country Club, Lower Macungie Township.

However, just minutes into his speech, Muller announced he would not seek re-election for a second term.

“As great as this chapter of my life has been and continues to be, it will come to an end this year,” Muller said at the Feb. 13 event.

“This is not the kickoff of my campaign tonight. I know that will come as a surprise to most of you.”

Muller explained the reasons for his decision.

Historic Rockdale Hotel destroyed by fire on Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Just before 7 p.m. Valentine’s Day, a family lost their home and the community lost a historical landmark.

The former Rockdale Hotel at 1806 Rockdale Road, North Whitehall Township, caught fire very quickly and the entire structure along with years of history and memorabilia inside was consumed by flames.

The home built in 1885 originally opened as a hotel and became a frequent stop and rest area for coal miners transporting products on the railroad along the Lehigh River.

When the coal mines were no longer in service, the hotel became a residence.