Parkland Press

Friday, December 14, 2018

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.

Sarah Ayers, James Supra entertain at Blue’s Night Out

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

Once again, Sarah Ayers and her musical ensemble performed for a very appreciative crowd Aug. 25 at the annual Blues Nite Out at the Neffs UCC Grove.

James Supra, award winning Lehigh Valley harmonica artist, a fixture with Sarah Ayers, was on target with his voice and harmonica.

Al Wannamaker was energetic on drums.

Mitch Shelly brought up the bottom with his exquisite bass, and Dave Smith rounded out the group on guitar.

Northern Valley EMS dedicates three new ambulances

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services Inc., had a truck housing ceremony on Aug. 7 at its headquarters in Coplay.

Rather than the usual dedication of one new ambulance, this time three new ambulances were dedicated at one time.

NOVA’s old ambulances were well past their prime and in need of replacement rather than further repairs.

One ambulance had logged more than 200,000 miles, quite an accomplishment as ambulances are not pampered.

Gas leak forces evacuation of Tilghman Square mall

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn firefighters along with South Whitehall police responded to Tilghman Square, 4600 Broadway South Whitehall, Aug. 24 when a contractor struck a gas main at the rear of the complex.

Assisting police with traffic control were Upper Macungie police officers and fire police from the three South Whitehall fire departments.

All businesses in the complex were evacuated until the leak was repaired.

Regina Luciano of Emmaus, former assistant advertising sales manager for The Press, commented on Facebook about the gas leak.