Parkland Press

Friday, March 23, 2018


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

‘All truths are easy to understand once discovered; the point is to discover them.’ (Galileo Galilei)

It’s been a big week in space, so to speak.

An American astronaut was found to have altered his genes through space travel, the science and space savvy the world over celebrated the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, and a luminary scientist left us for worlds unknown.

Not that earthbound news did not keep headline readers and writers busy.

Dawn A. Straughn

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Lynn Township secretary, treasurer

Dawn A. Straughn, 62, of Allentown, died on March 17, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Inpatient Hospice Unit, Allentown.

She was the widow of Michael W. Straughn.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late H. Edward and Jeanette (Kleppinger) Taylor.

A paralegal for the Law Offices of Steckel and Stopp, Slatington, for many years, she was also secretary and treasurer for Lynn Township for 15 years.

She loved animals and enjoyed volunteering at The Sanctuary at Haafsville.

Brenda L. Frana

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

administrative assistant at LCCC

Brenda L. Frana, 60, of Germansville, died peacefully March 12, 2018, surrounded by her loving family in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born Feb. 1, 1958, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Janice E. (Deiley) Mosser.

She and her husband Terry A. Frana were married 37 years on Oct. 4, 2017.

She was an administrative assistant for the healthcare and science department at Lehigh County Community College, Schnecksville, for the past 12 years.

Upper Macungie Twp Police

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

House windows

Upper Macungie Township police say windows were broken 10:30 a.m. March 2 on two houses in the 5400 block of Doris Drive.

One window was shot with a BB pellet.

The other had a brick thrown through it, police say.

Police say the suspect is described as a female in her mid 20s with dark hair, driving a white coupe with dark tinted windows, possibly a Hyundai Tiburon.

Upper Macungie Township police say a 58-year-old Alburtis woman and employee at O’Briens Moving and Storage, 7066 Snowdrift Road, Upper Macungie Township, reported being robbed 12:50 p.m. Feb. 27.

Ronald W. Bauer Jr.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1982 Parkland High School graduate

Ronald W. Bauer Jr., 54, of Lehighton, died March 16, 2018, from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicular accident on Route 443, in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County.

Born Jan. 2, 1964, in Allentown, he was the son of Ronald W. Bauer Sr. of Summit Hill and Penelope M. (Gogel) Frederick of Lansford.

A 1982 graduate of Parkland High School, he was employed at Welded Construction Commercial Contractor, Lebanon.

Before that, he was a truck driver for J Conti LLC, J&R Slaw Inc., Ametek, Savage Services, Culligan and Techna Plastics.

Elizabeth H. Gorr

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Paul’s UCC

Elizabeth H. “Betty” Gorr, 91, of Breinigsville, died March 13, 2018, at home.

She was the wife of the late Donald J. Gorr Sr.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Gertrude (Bittner) Kuhns.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Trexlertown.

Past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, she was a member more than 60 years.

She was an avid bingo player.