Parkland Press

Friday, February 21, 2020

Fire ‘snaps, crackles and pops’ cereal boxes in warehouse fire

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Volunteer firefighters from Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Station 56, Trexlertown and Greenawalds were dispatched for a reported fire Feb. 4 at DSC Logistics, 400 Nestle Way, Breinigsville.

Upon arrival, firefighters found boxes of breakfast cereals and treats burning inside the building.

A sprinkler system helped prevent the spread of the fire while firefighters used hoses to extinguish the remaining fire.

Weisenberg firefighters responded with a specialized exhaust fan to help clear smoke from the building.

Volunteers create special day for kids

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Thirty-three Parkland students were treated to a special Christmas shopping spree lasr December thanks to the efforts of Target, the Parkland School District, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie police officers, Lehigh County Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania State Troopers and Parkland School Board member David Kennedy and his wife, Elizabeth.

The youngsters, three students from each of the 11 Parkland schools, were chosen by their guidance counselors to take part in participate in the annual Heroes and Helpers program.

Burning wood pellets damage S. Whitehall garage

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia, Greenawalds, Woodlawn, Western Salisbury and Alburtis firefighters, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, were dispatched 10:55 a.m. Dec. 20, 2019, for a structure fire at 3514 Broadway, South Whitehall.

Property owner Luis Alvarez reportedly opened the door of a pellet stove used to warm his garage allowing some burning pellets to fall on wood stored under the stove.

The fire quickly burned some of the corner of the garage, damaging the interior and melting siding on the outside.

Upper Macungie Twp residents receive visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Upper Macungie residents were treated to the arrival of Santa Claus Dec. 21, 2019, by way of Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived via Trexlertown’s “Quint,” aerial truck with multiple capabilities.

As Santa’s arrival was announced beforehand, many stops along the way were filled with excited children and families.

This annual event helps foster good relations between the fire department and the community.

Elevator motor causes evacuation at Roma

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Volunteer firefighters from Woodlawn, Greenawalds, Tri-Clover, Cetronia, Western Salisbury and Egypt, Whitehall Township, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, were dispatched Dec. 19, 2019, to a reported structure fire at the Roma Office Building, 1605 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall.

An employee called the 911 center to report smoke coming from a mechanical room.

The 911 center dispatcher told the employee to pull the fire alarm and evacuate the building.

When firefighters arrived, they saw light smoke in the area of the mechanical room.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps visits with Therapy Dogs

Sunday, December 29, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel were visited Dec. 16, 2019, by a group of happy dogs from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dog group.

Knowing the stress that first responders are subject to, Kim Blichar, director of marketing and public relations with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, invited the group to bring their dogs to the Operations Center on Broadway, South Whitehall Township.

The dogs visited with employees in the finance department, the dispatch center and the crew room where paramedics, emergency medical technicians and paratransit drivers await assignments.

Jordan United Church of Christ honors fallen veterans with first ‘Wreaths Across America’ ceremony

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall, joined more than 1,600 other groups to honor this nation’s fallen heroes on Dec. 14 with a Wreaths Across America ceremony.

The solemn day began in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Co., Harrington, Maine, found itself with surplus wreaths at the end of the holiday season.

Santa and his helpers

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Despite heavy rain early Dec. 14, Community Fire Company No. 1, Schnecksville, was able to complete Santa’s appointed rounds throughout the fire district.

Santa was located riding on a huge red sled with red lights and sirens while his elves braved rain-swept Route 309 through the village on foot, distributing oranges to residents along the way.

They luckily found their way back to the North Pole or in this case, the fire station with every elf and helper intact.

Cleaning fluid causes emergency response at local medical building

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Cetronia and Greenawalds fire departments were dispatched 1:36 p.m. Nov. 15 for a report of inhalation victims at the St. Luke’s West End Medical Center, South Whitehall Township.

Multiple advanced life support and basic life support units responded from Cetronia Ambulance Corps as well as an engine from both Cetronia and Greenawalds fire departments.

Lehigh County Special Operations John Kalynych responded and was prepared to dispatch the HazMat team, if needed.

South Whitehall brightens the night with tree lighting ceremony

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

South Whitehall Township had its annual tree and bridge lighting ceremony Dec. 7 at Covered Bridge Park.

With entertainment, refreshments and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, visitors were treated to a delightful holiday event.

South Whitehall Parks and Recreation employees installed 45,000 lights as well as two truckloads of snow for Santa’s sled.

The snow, amounting to between 30 to 40 yards, was provided by Blue Mountain Ski Resort, adding to the festive nature of the ceremony.