Parkland Press

Monday, July 22, 2019

Fogelsville native presents floral demonstration

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Fogelsville native and successful florist Michael Grim recently brought an educational and entertaining floral program to St. John’s UCC, Fogelsville.

Grim and husband, Jim Osburn, demonstrated their flower and place setting expertise in front of a church full of old friends, family and new admirers.

Since leaving Allentown and moving to Manhattan and then Bridgehampton, Long Island, Grim’s reputation has grown to now count Billy Joel, Christy Brinkley and Julie Andrews as his clients.

New driving school opens

Friday, May 3, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

There’s a new business in town and it’s providing relief to new drivers who need take the Pennsylvania driver’s license test, but have a long wait at state testing sites.

Andre Wilkerson, owner of AW Driving School, 555 Union Blvd., Allentown, and his family had a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 3 at the new facility.

AW Driving School is a PennDOT authorized third-party testing site in the Lehigh Valley.

The school teaches new drivers and then tests and certifies that they have met the criteria to receive their license.

Huddling for food

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

The Lehigh Valley Zoo celebrated Easter weekend with numerous events April 18-22.

On April 18, there was a Bean the Sloth meet-and-greet, and on Monday, Earth Day, various community groups showed ways to help protect the Earth from pollution and degradation due to climate change.

Monday was also a good day to meet Luani, a 2-1/2-year old African penguin. Luani is a Lehigh Valley native as he was born at the zoo.

Older penguins now call the zoo their home as part of the Save Animals From Extinction program.

Parkland hosts community resource fair

Friday, April 19, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Parkland High School’s community resource fair welcomed members of the public April 6 to meet and speak with representatives of various service organizations from the Lehigh Valley.

Greeting visitors to this year’s resource fair was a Toyota Mirai provided by Air Products, Trexlertown.

The Mirai is a hydrogen fuel cell electric car providing exceptional fuel economy and emitting water as its only exhaust.

Test drives around the school parking lot were available for licensed drivers.

Porch damaged by fire

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn volunteer firefighters were dispatched just after 5 p.m. March 31 to a house fire at 965 Hollow Court, South Whitehall Township.

Also responding were Western Salisbury firefighters who brought along a supplemental aerial truck and Alburtis firefighters for a rapid intervention team.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel were dispatched to provide EMS coverage, if needed, as was a township police officer.

All clear given after hazmat response to bishop’s office

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Lehigh County Special Operations Team, Cetronia volunteer firefighters, Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, Allentown City paramedics and South Whitehall police responded to a possible hazard materials incident around 11 a.m. March 26 at the office of the bishop for the Allentown Catholic Diocese.

The office, located inside the American Bank building, 4029 W. Tilghman St., South Whitehall, was evacuated, as was the bank.

All aboard!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Agri-Plex is local stop on the ‘Train Meet Express’

The Allentown Train Meet Association recently celebrated its 40th year at the Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex.

Hundreds of tables were filled with a large variety of model trains with the iconic Lionel brand the most prevalent.

Prices ranged from just a few dollars for small parts up to the thousand dollar range for highly collectible and desirable train engines.

ATMA members set up a large train display in the complex, much to the delight of children and adults alike.

Good Will Fire Company volunteers have fastnacht fever

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown had its annual fastnacht sale March 2 at the fire station.

With a large crew at work, the fire company made more than 3,000 dozen of the doughy Lenten treats.

The work took dedication and long hours of hard work from members of the fire department, the ladies auxiliary and the community to make such a huge quantity of fastnachts.

Good Will Fire Company is one of the last Lehigh Valley organizations to use potatoes in its recipe, making them true to the original deep-fried.

Jahde predicted more winter

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Grundsau Lodsch 16 members celebrate the groundhog

When Jahde and his nephew Lee traveled via raft down the Jordan Creek on Feb. 2, the senior groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter.

With the 6-8 inches of snow that fell in the Lehigh Valley from the afternoon of March 3 into the next morning, Jahde may just have been right with his prognostication.

Jahde, the Grundsau 16 mascot, however, did not give away any additional weather secrets at the annual gathering to honor his celebrity status.