Parkland Press

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Two new encounters

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs


Lehigh Valley Zoo is offering two new animal encounters to teach about the importance of conservation.

Starting Sept. 14, guests can have a special meet-and-greet with Naya and Luani, the zoo’s otterly adorable otter pair, or Meeko, the ambassador raccoon.

Book a private encounter with the zoo and participants will be invited to come to the zoo before hours to assist an otter keeper.

Throw the otters their breakfast fish. Keepers will give participants a very special painting made by one of these amazing otters.

Robert F. Koch

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

disc jockey

Robert “Bobby” F. Koch, 76, of Allentown, died July 1, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born in Quakertown, he was a son of the late Frank and Mildred (Andreas) Koch.

He was a Fountain Hill High School graduate.

A disc jockey, he ran his business BKDJ for many years. He was a regular on local radio and at area dance clubs.

President of the Allentown Patriots organization since 2011, he was an announcer and umpire at softball games for many years at Patriots Park.

Most recently, he was a residence driver for the Devin House, Allentown.

Chosen Words

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

The Wind

Did you ever wonder what it is that “nips” at you and me?

That blows your hat right off your head?

Well, it’s the wind, you see.

It howls and growls all winter, its angry voice implies,

that it will be around a while, at least ’til winter dies.

The wind can dance and it can sing, it doesn’t skip a beat.

It has a kind of humming sound, while whirling ‘round your feet.

It turns umbrellas inside out and whirls the paper all about.

It chants a sort of rhythmic beat

as leaves go skipping down the street.

Janice Swoyer

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Faith Lutheran Church

Janice Ellen Swoyer, 77, of Whitehall, died July 4, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born Nov. 14, 1942, in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late Kermit F. and Mildred (Eckrote) Deibert.

She was an administrative partner at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, and Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, campuses for 30 years before retiring.

She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.

Her survivors include a brother Carl R. Deibert of Wescosville; sister JoAnne S. Deibert of Easton; and nephews Brad and Justin.

Betty L. McGee

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Neffs UCC

Betty L. McGee, 83, died July 5, 2020, in Phoebe Nursing Home, Allentown.

She was the daughter of the late Martin C. and Ella H. (DeLong) Wieand.

Married to the late Paul Kuhns for 24 years until she was widowed in 1981, she then was married to the late Joel P. McGee for 35 years.

She worked for Hess’s in the shoe department for many years and also did babysitting in her home.

Her most important job was dedicating her life to caring for her disabled daughter, Debbie.

BrightFarms offering virtual field trip

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by The Press in Local News

BrightFarms Selinsgrove, greenhouse, Snyder County, is bringing the field trip to families by filming an interactive tour designed to teach kids, parents and teachers about indoor farming.

BrightFarms Grower Charlie will walk through the greenhouse as viewers discover how BrightFarms brings fresh, tasty and delicious local produce to supermarkets in the region.

Kids will learn about the science behind indoor hydroponic growing:

•How they grow indoors all year-round (even in winter!);

John O. Duddek

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship

John O. Duddek, 90, of Allentown, died July 6, 2020, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Rena O. (Guth) Duddek.

Born April 25, 1930, in Decatur, Ill., he was the son of the late John and Marie Duddek.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era.

Employed at Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown, for 33 years, he retired in 1985.

He was actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 50 years.

COVID-19 resources updated

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Penn State Extension provided the following information about resources available to the community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access the following resources:

·Prevention: Tips and best practices for hand washing, social distancing, and more to stay healthy.

·Personal and Family Resources: Information on cooking from your pantry, budgeting, activities to do with your children, protecting yourself from scams, keeping mentally fit and more.