Parkland Press

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Covered Bridge Park ceremony initiates the Christmas season

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

South Whitehall Township had its third annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 2 at Covered Bridge Park, South Whitehall.

Hundreds of residents and visitors attended the ceremony which included vocalist Erin Kelly; Carly Simon with Parkland Community Library; Studio West Dance Center; and the Orefield Middle School Chorale.

The highlight of the evening was the arrival of Santa Claus, who arrived by way of Cetronia Truck 331, the township’s aerial truck.

The Jolly Ol’ Man in Red was whisked across Wehr Covered Bridge by Woodlawn Fire Company’s utility vehicle.

Country Meadows welcomes Fogelsville Elementary students

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in School

More than 100 first-grade students from Fogelsville Elementary School recently spent a special morning at Country Meadows Retirement Community, Upper Macungie Township.

During the intergenerational event, the children met veterans and other residents living at Country Meadows.

At the end of the program, seniors and students were entertained by Magic and Illusion by Tom Yurasits.

Nestle Water North America presents check to New Tripoli Fire Company

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Members and officers of the New Tripoli Fire Company met Nov. 13 to approve moving ahead with a new addition to their building.

The highlight of the meeting was the commitment by Nestle Waters North America to donate $50,000 toward the construction.

The company will pay the total in five year installments of $10,000 per annum.

The new building will be added to the existing building greatly enlarging the apparatus floor as well as additional office space.

Orefield students learn about air molecules

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Orefield Middle School students recently spent time outdoors learning about lighter than air molecular physics. They learned as molecules are heated, their activity increases and they become lighter.

Heat a bag of air and it rises as compared to the relatively cool air surrounding the bag.

A hot-air balloon is a good example and there just happened to be one Oct. 6 at the Orefield Middle School.

Upper Macungie firefighters respond to warehouse call

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Upper Macungie firefighters responded Nov. 21 to the NFI Distribution Center, 910 Nestle Way, for a report of smoke in a warehouse.

According to Station 56 Fire Chief Leroy Gross, a fork lift tire caught fire but was quickly extinguished by employees.

The resulting smoke triggered the alarm system dispatching the fire departments.

Responding firefighting units included Fogelsville, Trexlertown and Upper Macungie Station 56, along with the Cetronia Ambulance Corps.

No injuries or other mishaps were noted by Gross.

Greenawalds Celebration

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Mike Yellak of Greenawalds, South Whitehall, enjoys sharing his passion for Christmas with the community.

So, for several years he has used his father’s property along Greenawalds Avenue to show this passion.

With hundreds of Christmas lights, animated lighting, and help from Santa and the Grinch, Yellak kicked off this year’s show Nov. 19.

Drawing spectators from as far away as Easton, Yellak was pleased to see all the smiling faces attend his Christmas creation.

LCCC students tested on their alcohol IQ

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Members of the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force and community are participating in the Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Operation Safe Holiday enforcement effort through Dec. 3.

As part of this effort, law enforcement members, Lehigh Valley Hospital Network representatives, and PennDOT safety experts of the task force handed out educational information Nov. 16 about seat belt use and aggressive and impaired driving to students at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

They also tested the students’ alcohol IQ.

BoomBa club performs for Cedarbrook residents

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Happy Boomadears, an original BoomBa club based in the Lehigh Valley, entertained a very appreciative crowd on Oct. 7 at Cedarbrook County Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township.

Using Boombas, bells and clackers, the group had fun helping the residents have fun.

A dying instrument, the BoomBa is exclusive to the Pennsylvania German communities of Eastern Pennsylvania.

At one time, the Lehigh Valley Boomadears counted 40 to 50 members as part of its entourage.

Currently, there are only eight active members.