Parkland Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

S. Whitehall, Upper Macungie police participate in Safe Driver Week

Friday, August 16, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Officers from South Whitehall and Upper Macungie Township police departments were out in force July 17 on the Route 222 bypass in Upper Macungie Township, as part of the Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways program.

The joint enforcement program which included law enforcement agencies from Lehigh and Berks counties ran July 14-20.

Truckers were their main focus as there has been an increase recently in large rig accidents.

On the hunt for the spotted lanternfly

Friday, August 16, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Penn State Extension Specialist Heather Leach, MS, is traveling the Lehigh Valley and Berks County educating residents about the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly.

Leach, an entomologist at Penn State, is currently working with other extension program specialists in an effort to bring the spotted lanternfly explosion under control.

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, sponsored Leach’s presentation Aug. 8 at Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown.

Leach’s program stressed the need to identify where the spotted lanternfly is and what to do if found.

Community joins first responders for National Night Out

Friday, August 16, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

South Whitehall Township residents were treated to the police department’s annual National Night Out at Covered Bridge Park on Aug. 6.

National Night Out is designed to improve the relationship between residents and law enforcement, and enhance a sense of community.

Attending this year’s event were South Whitehall police, representatives from Emergency Management, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Woodlawn and Tri-Clover fire departments and local safety and home security vendors.

Food was provided by the township and served by employees and volunteers who serve the community.

Lions Club has festival in the grove

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Upper Lehigh Lions Club had a beautiful day July 27 for its annual Festival in the Grove, a fundraising event to further the work of the club.

Multiple vendors were on hand in the Neffs Union United Church of Christ Grove, Neffs, displaying a broad range of goods for sale.

Everything from antique kitchen utensils to jewelry, holistic health care and even products for the pets at home were available.

Dorney Park workers learn to ‘Stop the Bleed’

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Members of Dorney Park’s Safety Patrol were recently introduced to a program designed to control dangerous bleeding that occurs as a result of trauma.

The program, “Stop the Bleed” was presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network Adult Trauma Coordinator Bree Harrison and Emergency Room Director Brent Schoenfeldt, DO, at the park on July 24.

Attendees learned to pack wounds with a material designed for just such a task as well as using a tourniquet for severe extremity bleeding.

Lycoming firefighters visit Cetronia Fire Company

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Two firefighters from the Citizens Hose Company and Ambulance Service, Jersey Shore (Pennsylvania, that is) stopped by the Cetronia Fire Department recently for a visit while returning to Lycoming County following service on their rescue truck.

On hand were Cetronia firefighters Bryan Wheeland, Ashley Peralta, Leo Lopez, Fire Chief Jay Heicklen and this LV Press photographer and reporter.

The Wheelands’ home-town is Jersey Shore, located on the west branch of the Susquehanna River bracketed by Williamsport, 18 miles to the east and Lock Haven, 15 miles to the west.

Touring Parkland’s gardens

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Parkland Garden Club sponsored its annual garden tour on a beautiful July 13.

Expecting between 150 and 200 visitors, Parkland Garden Club President Bonnie Keller was grateful for the fine weather for this year’s event.

Each home had members of the garden club checking in visitors and providing information as needed for the current garden, as well as directions to additional gardens.

Cooling off in Fogelsville

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Upper Macungie Police Officers spent a few hours at Polish Ice in Fogelsville cooling off with customers and employees.

Mike Cardell, patrol officer and Bill Rohrbach, community service officer were on hand to say hello and explain the role of Upper Macungie’s Police Department to customers.

Officer Rohrbach arrived on a police motorcycle, which drew a good deal of attention, especially from the youngsters at the event.

‘Liberty Bell’ Church celebrates America’s independence

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th, was the keynote speaker at Zion’s “Liberty Bell” United Church of Christ Declaration of Independence Sunday.

The annual event commemorates the reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the church on July 8, 1776.

Eleven bells were brought from Philadelphia in 1777 to prevent the British from melting them down to be made into cannons.

The bells were hidden under the floorboards of Zion Reformed UCC.

Among those bells was State House Bell B, now known as the Liberty Bell.