Parkland Press

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Scout constructs shed for band boosters as Eagle project

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Parkland High School’s Band Boosters Association had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 3 at the football stadium.

Senior, band member and Boy Scout Robert Clapham III constructed a much needed utility shed for the band boosters at the stadium as his Eagle Scout project.

The building houses supplies, kitchen hardware and items necessary to support the band boosters food stand.

Lumber for the project was donated by 84 Lumber, South Whitehall. Income from the food stand, a very popular venue at sporting events, supports musical activities at the high school.

Browne and Day sponsor senior expo

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, and state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, recently sponsored a senior expo at Country Meadows Retirement Community, Upper Macungie.

Multiple vendors and support agencies were on hand offering help with Medicare plans, retirement income strategies and veteran support.

Lehigh Valley Hospital nurses were on hand to administer influenza vaccines.

Health Networks Laboratories personnel performed cholesterol and glucose screening studies as well.

Ironton Telephone calls on community to join celebration

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Ironton Telephone Company recently sponsored a community day at its headquarters along Mauch Chuck Road, Ironton.

The program strived to connect members of the surrounding communities to each other as well as community resources.

Neffs Fire Department and Community Fire Company No.1, Schnecksville, displayed firefighting apparatus.

Northern Valley EMS personnel were on hand to educate anyone interested in learning basic first aid and provide services in the event of any mishaps during the event.

Dirt track race cars were on display as well.

OMS students use team work during anti-bullying program

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Students at Orefield Middle School spent Sept. 14 participating in an anti-bullying program designed to build teamwork and empathy among middle school students.

By engaging in group activities, classroom discussion and music, students were encouraged to be inclusive rather than exclusive of those they may consider different from themselves.

The “Take a Stand Band” performed inspiring music designed to promote positivity within the student body.

Magician Mysterrio mystifies audiences at 2018 Great Allentown Fair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Magician Mark Mysterrio, from East Stroudsburg, was on hand to delight and charm children, parents or anyone looking for a fun event at the Centennial Stage at the recent Great Allentown Fair.

The world record holder for the longest time spent on a bed of nails, 283 hours, 5 minutes, used volunteers from the audience to perform his sleight of hand magic with the help of “Miss Direction,” his aide-de-camp and cheerleader.

Seeing double at the fair

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The 2018 Great Allentown Fair, which ran Aug. 28-Sept. 3, sponsored a family look-alike contest on the Centennial Stage in the Agri-Plex

Mother and daughter, father and son and, even a father and daughter duo, entered the contest.

The Great Allentown Fair Queen McKenzie Hagenbuch, with help from Schuylkill County Queen Julie Wychunas, were judges for the contest. First-place winners were Ray Bleil and daughter Maggie, 5, of Allentown. Kyle French and his dad, Don, took second place and Emily and Jeannine Leonard of Heidelberg Township brought home the third place win.

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.