Parkland Press

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Kozusko tells some ‘fish stories’ at Sportsmen’s Banquet

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

It’s been an entire year since the last Sportsmen’s banquet at Hope Community Church in Weisenberg Township.

In one year’s time, many hunting and fishing stories have developed.

This year’s banquet gave the opportunity for the sportsmen and ladies to swap tales about their adventures.

The food was excellent, as usual.

Dinner included different forms of venison, roast turkey, roast ham, duck soup, rabbit potpie, grouper, cheesy potatoes, green beans and coleslaw.

There was a bountiful array of desserts for after dinner eating (If you still had room).

Board readies for 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

It was that time of year again when all local municipalities in the state must reorganize on the first Monday in January.

Upper Macungie was no exception.

Jim Brunell was elected chairman with Sean Gill vice chairman.

Kathy Rader will remain as supervisor.

In other matters, a certificate of Valor was given to Grant Grim to show the township’s appreciation for the fire companies efforts during the fire at Heather Glen retirement community.

LVEDC rep visits board meeting

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Andrew Kleiner, Director of Community Outreach and Redevelopment, a department of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Committee, gave a short video presentation to Upper Macungie supervisors at their November meeting.

His department is in charge of marketing assets in the Lehigh Valley and his mission is to remove impediments to redevelopment in the two-county area.

Kleiner plans to visit municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties to discuss any problems or issues.

More information is available at

Board OKs Timber Ridge

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lew Rauch, engineer, and developer Lee Goldstein, representing Timber Ridge development, presented his plan to North Whitehall supervisors during their November meeting.

He proposes 55 and older apartments in six buildings with 14 apartments in each, along Levans Road. Each one- or two-bedroom apartment will have its own garage.

Several waivers and deferrals were requested for the development.

Supervisors approved the plan conditional upon meeting requirements from Keystone Consulting Engineers.

U. Macungie honors former solicitor

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

At the opening of the Upper Macungie supervisors October meeting, a proclamation was read commemorating the service of former solicitor William Schantz.

He started with the township as a part-time solicitor in 1965 and became full-time solicitor in 1973.

His widow, Pat Schantz, was present to accept the award.

In other matters, several residents, along with board members and Police Chief Edgardo Colón, praised the actions of those involved with the recent fire at Heather Glen retirement community along Blue Barn Road.

North Whitehall welcomes new manager

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall’s new township manager was introduced to the audience by Solicitor Lisa Young during the Oct. 7 supervisors’ meeting.

Christopher Garges will begin his tenure at the end of this month.

In other matters, the township will hold a special event honoring Parkland School District veterans, only, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the pavilion behind the Schnecksville Fire Company.

Veterans must preregister at the township office by Nov. 1.

Anyone interested should contact the North Whitehall Township office for more details.

U. Macungie police officers honored

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Three of Upper Macungie’s finest recently received recognition for a good deed in which they were involved.

Police Officers David Malischewski, John Sassaman and Philip Shedaker were instrumental in saving the life of a person who was in cardiac arrest.

They attended to this individual until the emergency medical service crews arrived.

Police Chief Edgardo Colón read the proclamation extolling the officers during the township supervisors’ Sept. 5 meeting.

‘Get Prepared Parkland’ Sept. 14 at high school

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the August Upper Macungie Township supervisors’ meeting, residents learned Get Prepared Parkland will be offered at Parkland High School from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14.

Upper Macungie, South Whitehall and North Whitehall townships will host this safety event.

Everyone is invited to participate in demonstrations and presentations to earn giveaways.

Police study update given to Upper Macungie board

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

A study done by Matrix Consulting Group concerning the Upper Macungie Police Department, was released to supervisors during their Aug. 1 meeting.

A comprehensive overview of the police department, the study showed a substantial decrease in the crime rate in the municipality – a 60 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017.

The report noted the police department has received the highest quality training – about 44 hours per year, which is well above the industry average of 25 hours.

Residents bring issues to the board

Friday, August 16, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall resident Charles Horwith wanted to know more about building coverage on a lot.

He alleged, during the supervisors’ Aug. 5 meeting, that his neighbor exceeded the maximum lot coverage by building an addition to an existing building near the intersection of Old Post and Mauch Chunk roads near the Binney Mart.

Township Solicitor Lisa Young attempted to explain the process for calculation of the maximum lot coverage.