Parkland Press

Friday, December 14, 2018

Tara Thorson wins apple pie contest

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Eight local cooks brought their best efforts to the Schnecksville Community Fair’s apple pie baking contest sponsored by the New Tripoli Bank.

The judges, all employees of the New Tripoli Bank, had the envious task of taste testing each pie, making notes and comparing their impressions to choose the three top pies.

When it was all done and eaten, Tara Thorson of New Tripoli took first place with her “TNT’s Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie.”

Emmaus baker’s chocolate cake wins first place

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Seventeen chocolate cakes found their way to the Schnecksville Community Fair June 23, the last day of this year’s fair.

Doing their best to sort out the chocolate cakes were judges Carolee Smith of New Tripoli, and Mike Loder and Tiffany Williams, both from Schnecksville.

The race was close as the judges ate cake, drank water to refresh their pallets and keep their spirits up as they worked their way through all 17 cakes.

When the final fork dropped and decisions were made and agreed upon, Sara Kurtz of Emmaus took top honors with her “Mint Chocolate Chip Cake.”

Parkland presents check to two Marjory Stoneman Douglas students

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Parkland High School siblings Collin and Kyleigh Duff, LEO Club member Ishita Nar and school staff members presented a check for $20,000 to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland Fla. to help with recovery efforts following February’s shooting which took 17 lives.

Dan Duff, cousin to Collin and Kyleigh, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, survived the onslaught. He and friend Ryan Servaites accepted the check via Skype on June 22.

Emergency workers help reunite mom and babies

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

South Whitehall police, members of the public works water department and Cetronia firefighters were called out June 6 to help a lost family at the intersection of Cetronia Road and St. Luke’s West End Medical Center, South Whitehall.

A mother duck had her ducklings out for a stroll through the neighborhood when suddenly all of them disappeared.

After a careful search by South Whitehall Patrol Officer Kevin Azar, and Jeff Baker, fitness trainer at St. Luke’s West End Fitness Center, the babies were found in a storm drain near Cetronia Road.

Allentown celebrates Flag Day

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Allentown Flag Day Association held its annual Flag Day Ceremony June 14 in West Park, Allentown.

This is the oldest incorporated Flag Day Association in America, having been organized in 1907.

With the Allentown Band, under the direction of Ron Demke, the beautiful music was accompanied by beautiful weather.

Thomas Applebach, director with Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker.

Flag Day essay winners from Allentown middle schools recited their essays for the attendees.

Gary Day has open house at temporary headquarters

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, had an open house June 21 at his temporary office at the Good Will Trexlertown Fire Company building, Trexlertown.

Day moved his office following a fire in the New Tripoli mall where his office had been located.

Staff members Kailee Fisher, constituent outreach specialist, and Kathy McQuilken, district office manager, were on hand to help residents of the district with issues ranging from acquiring original birth certificates to permits for land use.

Fire company presents community service award

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, awarded the Fred J. Gross Memorial Community Service Award on June 5.

This year’s recipient was Olivia Morren, a senior at Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Morren, of Upper Macungie Township, completed 60 hours of community service.

This community service coupled with a high grade-point average at Central Catholic, pushed her to the top of the list of candidates for the $500 scholarship.

Morren will attend Gettysburg College in the fall majoring in biochemistry and then she would like to attend medical school.

Ambulance corps offers EMT class at high school

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, in cooperation with Parkland School District, offered a yearlong emergency technician class at the high school.

This was the first class of its type in eastern Pennsylvania.

Cetronia Operations Manager Chris Peischl and Director of Education Stephen Hall, instructed the 13 Parkland seniors.

Social studies teacher and volunteer firefighter in Lower Macungie Township Eric Gopen served as advisor for the group.

Gopen also received his emergency medical technician graduation certificate from the ambulance corps.

Fogelsville churches, VFW honor fallen heroes

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Residents of Fogelsville attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Fogelsville Cemetery to remember those who have fallen protecting the United States during its many wars.

The ceremony was led by Pastor Nelson Quinones of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fogelsville.

Members of Robert M. Fegely VFW Post 8282, Breinigsville, honored their fallen comrades with prayers, brief speeches and a rifle volley.

Scouts from Troop 72, Fogelsville, were flag bearers.

A combined women’s chorus from St. John’s UCC and St. John’s Lutheran churches sang “Taps.”

Good Will Fire Company has 61st awards banquet

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, and the Ladies Auxiliary, recently celebrated their 61st annual awards banquet.

The event took place at the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, in order to give members a break from doing the work at their own station.

Following dinner, awards were given to members of both organizations whose commitment to the mission of the fire department were exemplary.

Michelle Conley-Ellerman received the Ladies Auxiliary Member of the Year Award from Auxiliary President Linda Gorr.