Parkland Press

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Upper Macungie awards service citations to former fire chiefs

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Jacque Creamer and Leroy Gross were awarded distinguished service citations at the March 5 Upper Macungie supervisors meeting.

Creamer retired as Fogelsville Fire Company chief with eight years of service. Gross was credited with service as fire chief at Station 56 since 2008.

In other matters, the Keep PA Beautiful coalition has contacted the township to urge Upper Macungie’s participation in the project. They will give the township signs to erect at certain spots in the township. Bob Ibach will work with them on this project.

Two resolutions were on the agenda.

County executive urges N. Whitehall residents to complete census forms

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong attended the March North Whitehall supervisors meeting to urge the board to encourage residents to complete and return census forms.

Failing to return census information will cause the township to lose approximately $2,093 per person each year.

This is money that could be used for infrastructure, grants, fire companies, and more.

Armstrong also noted Lehigh County is in the top five counties in the state for the amount of land preserved for agriculture.

Meeting room warm during Americold vote

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

The room became so warm during the February Upper Macungie supervisors meeting that Treasurer Bruce Koller had to adjust the thermostat to a cooler temperature

There was standing room only for the crowd of about 75 people, many of whom came to see if the board would vote for the change in the allowable height of a building.

Americold Logistics is proposing a building with a height of 130 feet to 140 feet for a refrigeration business at Snowdrift and Ambassador roads.

The company wants to expand the business by building vertically.

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.