Parkland Press

Sunday, October 21, 2018

OMS students use team work during anti-bullying program

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Students at Orefield Middle School spent Sept. 14 participating in an anti-bullying program designed to build teamwork and empathy among middle school students.

By engaging in group activities, classroom discussion and music, students were encouraged to be inclusive rather than exclusive of those they may consider different from themselves.

The “Take a Stand Band” performed inspiring music designed to promote positivity within the student body.

Magician Mysterrio mystifies audiences at 2018 Great Allentown Fair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Magician Mark Mysterrio, from East Stroudsburg, was on hand to delight and charm children, parents or anyone looking for a fun event at the Centennial Stage at the recent Great Allentown Fair.

The world record holder for the longest time spent on a bed of nails, 283 hours, 5 minutes, used volunteers from the audience to perform his sleight of hand magic with the help of “Miss Direction,” his aide-de-camp and cheerleader.

Seeing double at the fair

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The 2018 Great Allentown Fair, which ran Aug. 28-Sept. 3, sponsored a family look-alike contest on the Centennial Stage in the Agri-Plex

Mother and daughter, father and son and, even a father and daughter duo, entered the contest.

The Great Allentown Fair Queen McKenzie Hagenbuch, with help from Schuylkill County Queen Julie Wychunas, were judges for the contest. First-place winners were Ray Bleil and daughter Maggie, 5, of Allentown. Kyle French and his dad, Don, took second place and Emily and Jeannine Leonard of Heidelberg Township brought home the third place win.

Upper Macungie remembers the innocent lives lost on 9/11

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Upper Macungie Township firefighters, police, dignitaries, community members, and Macungie Ambulance Corps personnel attended a service Sept. 11 commemorating 9/11.

The event was held at Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown.

On hand were members of all three township fire departments: Good Will, Fogelsville and Upper Macungie Station 56.

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, was also there to thank the emergency responders for their duty.

166th Great Allentown Fair celebrates agriculture

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The 2018 Great Allentown Fair opened its doors to the public on Aug. 28 with its opening ceremony at the RCN Farmerama Theater.

With a promise of good times and food, excellent entertainment and quickly changing weather, this year’s fair, the 166th, was destined to be Great!

With the colors posted by the Lehigh Valley Composite Squadron 805, Civil Air Patrol, Egypt, the ceremony got underway.

Bev Gruber, president of the Lehigh County Agriculture Society was master of ceremonies.

Local youth learn the importance of emergency responders

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Upper Macungie Township fire departments, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Upper Macungie police recently sponsored the 2018 Junior Emergency Services Academy at Upper Macungie Station 56.

The academy, from July 23-27, was designed to introduce 12- to 16-year-olds to public service organizations.

During the week, the youth were involved in drills and classroom activities to help make them aware of the type of support needed to keep a community safe.

Instructors were members of the townships emergency response organizations.

Lightbridge Academy to build in Upper Macungie Township

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Steve DiNunzio, franchise owner of the Lightbridge Academy Early Childhood Education facility, Bethlehem Township, recently held a ceremonial brick laying at his new facility in Upper Macungie Township.

The academy will occupy 50 percent of the new construction site at 249 Cetronia Road and is scheduled for completion before the end of 2018.

Sharks rule at Parkland library’s interactive summer program

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Children attending Parkland Community Library’s “Libraries Rock” programs at Parkland elementary schools this summer, including Jaindl Elementary, learned the importance of libraries and reading.

Open to children from kindergarten to fifth grade, this fun, entertaining and educational interactive program was led by Jaclyn Hoimes, director of youth services with the library.

It was “Shark Day” at Jaindl Elementary School as Hoimes read “The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark” to the children.

They then set about crafting their own sharks using clothes pins.

Cetronia officers, trustees donate to fire company

Friday, September 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The officers and trustees of the Cetronia Fire Company, No. 1, recently donated funds to the fire department with the approval of the club membership.

Fire company funds are raised from small games of chance, bingo, and other fundraisers.

Approximately $4,000 was donated to the fire department and was used to replace aging gas meters, which are carried in the fire apparatus.

Two MSA Safety Altair 5X Multigas Detectors were purchased. Each meter is capable of detecting up to six gases, including natural gas, simultaneously.

Ground broken for new Veterans Memorial Elementary School

Friday, September 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Parkland School District officials, contractors, and local and state legislators, turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Veterans Memorial Elementary School, on Long Lane, Upper Macungie Township.

The 90,000-square-foot building is expected open in 2020 and accommodate 700 students.

It will be the ninth elementary school in the Parkland School District.

The land was donated by the Jaindl Family and was named by David and Jackie Jaindl.