Parkland Press

Monday, June 18, 2018

Good Will Fire Company has 61st awards banquet

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, and the Ladies Auxiliary, recently celebrated their 61st annual awards banquet.

The event took place at the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, in order to give members a break from doing the work at their own station.

Following dinner, awards were given to members of both organizations whose commitment to the mission of the fire department were exemplary.

Michelle Conley-Ellerman received the Ladies Auxiliary Member of the Year Award from Auxiliary President Linda Gorr.

New Hampshire firefighter pedals for Project Hero

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia Fire Department was the overnight host ON May 9 for a volunteer firefighter from Sandown, N.H.

However, unlike most visiting firefighters, Jerry Lachance didn’t arrive by car, fire truck or any motorized apparatus.

He instead arrived on his bicycle in the midst of a 2,800 mile ride from Miami, Fla., to Canada.

Lachance, a Vietnam veteran, is raising funds for Project Hero, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to raising money to support veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.

Fire damages Upper Macungie garage, house

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Volunteer firefighters from Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, Fogelsville and Upper Macungie Station 56, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, were dispatched just before 3 p.m. on June 3 for a working fire in an attached garage at a home at 9359 Trexler Road, Breinigsville.

According to an email from Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger, Macungie, Alburtis, Lower Macungie, Topton and Weisenberg firefighters were called for a second alarm. Cetronia Fire Department was dispatched for additional manpower.

Students love the challenge of chess

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Parkway Manor Elementary School has been introducing students as early as second grade to chess.

Though a relatively easy game to learn, it takes many years to master.

With the help of mentors such as Pennsylvania State Chess Champions Sahasra and Sriman Goli and “Coach” Conrad Lee, Parkland High School Chess Team member, these youngsters will have an opportunity to become better at a game that is believed to have been created before the 7th century.

There are strong family ties between the mentor group as siblings and parents take pride in being together.

Firefighters train on RIT

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Cetronia and Greenawalds firefighters trained on Rapid Intervention Team drills April 30 at the Troxell Building, South Whitehall.

The goal of the exercise was to bring Cetronia firefighters up to speed on techniques to rescue fellow firefighters in the event of a structural collapse, flash over or any unexpected occurrence at an active fire scene.

Greenawalds firefighters have been dispatched as RIT responders throughout Lehigh County.

Parkland High School welcomes businesses to job fair for students

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Parkland High School was the scene of a unique event on March 1.

A job fair for high school students was held in the auxiliary gymnasium. Students were invited to explore a wide variety of summer and part time jobs available in the Lehigh Valley.

More than 50 business and community organizations provided information on jobs available for students and for career employment.

Kuhnsville Lions Club chicken barbecue benefits local programs

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Kuhnsville Lions Club held a chicken barbecue fundraiser on April 28 in the grove at Jordan UCC, South Whitehall Township.

Kuhnsville Lions Club is affiliated with the Lions Clubs International, based in Oakbrook Ill., which has more than 1.4 million members worldwide serving in 46,000 local clubs such as Kuhnsville.

The mission of the Kuhnsville Lions Club is to help fund programs that benefit those with vision and hearing loss in the Lehigh Valley.

Helping Hands of the Lehigh Valley is also a recipient of the Lions’ generosity.

Social is a hit with basket bidders in Fogelsville

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society had its 14th annual basket social on April 23 at Zettlemoyer Auction Company, Fogelsville.

With 288 donors contributing to the auction and a sellout crowd of 300, it was an excellent evening for all involved.

The society expects to earn close to, if not more than $10,000 from the basket social.

PennDOT highlights work zone safety

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

In an ongoing program to increase public awareness of work zones, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had a Work Zone Awareness media event April 10 along I-78 near the Summit Lawn Exit 59, Salisbury Township.

The event marked the upcoming National Work Zone Awareness Week April 9-13.

The program is designed to increase workplace safety for both PennDOT employees as well as the traveling public.

Statistics provided by District 5 Spokesman Sean Brown revealed there were 19 deaths in work zone crashes in 2017 in Pennsylvania.