Parkland Press

Friday, June 23, 2017

Editor’s View

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

EDITOR’S VIEW:Politicians need to call an extended Christmas Truce to their rancor

Snoopy’s Christmas

“Christmas bells, those Christmas bells Ring out from the land

“Asking peace of all the world

And good will to man ...

“The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights

“He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know...

“The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine And forced him to land behind the enemy lines

“Snoopy was certain that this was the end ...

“When the Baron cried out, “Merry Christmas, my friend!” “The Baron then offered a holiday toast

Chosen Words

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by The Press in Opinion


Oh, how I long to feel once more, the lovely

days of summer.

The warmth of sunshine

on my face,

the flowers blooming

every place.

The gentle rain ... I see it still;

The way it dances on the sill.

A vibrant blue

ornates the sky,

while pompous clouds

go passing by.

The weeping willow swaying, as the gentle breezes blow;

The thunder and the

lightning, that so quickly come and go.

The children’s laughter

fills the air.

The birds are chirping


Leukemia, Lymphoma Society names Man, Woman of the Year

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Luke Jaindl and Rita DiBenedetto, both of Orefield, have been chosen by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as 2017 Lehigh Valley Man and Woman of the Year.

The two were named during the society’s grand finale celebration June 6 at DeSales University.

Individual winning totals will be announced this summer after the national titles are awarded to the top fundraisers in the country.

Walter Graf

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

worked at Bethlehem Steel

Walter Graf, 87, of Whitehall, died peacefully June 12, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He and his wife, Agnes C. (Frisch) Graf, were married 64 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Charles and Hermina (Keppel) Graf.

A 1946 graduate of Allentown High School, he honorably served with the U.S. Army, and returned home to work at Bethlehem Steel for more than 43 years.

He enjoyed horse racing, playing poker and attending auctions.

Kelsy Lynn Thomson

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

1999 Parkland High School graduate

Kelsy Lynn Thomson, 35, of Whitehall, died June 7, 2017. Her greatest love in life were her daughters, Addison and Kendall.

There was nothing she would not do to see them happy.

Christmas was a favorite time, decorating the tree with the girls and making it a special celebration.

She loved music, specifically Bruce Springsteen, and she would frequently coach her daughters on singing along to the songs she herself enjoyed.

Being such a loving and caring person made her perfectly suited for her job with the human resources team at Amazon.