Parkland Press

Monday, July 22, 2019

High school music boosters have used clothing fundraiser

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Parkland High School’s Music Boosters Association was accepting used clothing on May 5 to raise funds for three scholarships.

Clothing is sold by the pound, then either forwarded to Third World countries or repurposed as needed.

Funds are then used for three $1,000 scholarships for musicians in the band, orchestra and chorus.

FF&F adoption day is the cat’s meow for animal lovers

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Forgotten Felines and Fidos, a nonprofit rescue group at 6022 Mountain Road, Germansville, had a cat and kitten adoption day July 21.

The mission of the organization is to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted cats throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Forgotten Felines and Fidos, is an all-volunteer, no-kill organization.

Jordan Lutheran teaches children about faith, friendship

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Jordan Lutheran Church, Snowdrift Road, Orefield, helped Christian children learn more about their faith and the role of friendship in their lives.

More than 30 children attended this year’s Vacation Bible School from July 9-13 at the church.

Children from 3 years old to fifth grade were invited to attend and volunteers were encouraged to sign up as well.

The age minimum for a volunteer was they had to be in sixth grade and it ranged all the way up to 99 years old.

Red Hat awards presented at folk festival

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Kutztown Folk Festival was the stage for Queen Sharon Billger and her chapter, The Pretty Purple Posies of the Red Hat Society, for Best Red Hat contest.

Using the main stage as their venue, four beautiful ladies, two from as far away as North Carolina, competed for first and second prizes.

Queen Billger of Mertztown, organizer of the event, presented each contestant and asked for an audience response to her Red Hat.

Gauging audience response, Queen Bea Kathleen “Katarina the Red Grape” Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C., was the first-place winner.

Calvary Moravian Church now has ‘Mini-Me’ library

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The members of Calvary Moravian Church, Allentown, had a summer festival July 14 on church grounds.

The goal of the festival was to reach out to the neighborhood as well as entertain members of the church.

A new addition to the church property is a “Little Library,” built by David Teel, a longtime parishioner of Calvary.

The “Little Library” resembles the shape and bell tower of Calvary Moravian.

Live music, games and treats were offered to fest-goers.

Article By: LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Close to 11,000 visitors filled Earl Adams Park, Breinigsville, for the annual Breinigsville Independence Day Fireworks spectacular sponsored by Carl Schmoyer, III with Schmoyer, Trexler and J.S. Burkholder funeral homes.

On hand to help celebrate the founding of the United States of America, July 4, 1776, was the Municipal Band of Allentown and radio and television personality “Uncle” Jeffrey Tapler.

Food trucks were swamped with some completely running out of food before the night was over.

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.