Parkland Press

Monday, July 22, 2019

Garden tour delivers a ‘kaleidoscope of color’

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Parkland Garden Club’s 21st annual garden tour, “Kaleidoscope of Color Around the Lehigh Valley,” offered eight gardens on July 13 for visitors to tour and enjoy.

“This year’s garden tour reflects the idea that gardeners are always including color, textures, patterns, and different forms and shapes into their gardens,” said Barbara Campbell, chairman of the tour.

The 1-acre property in the 5000 block of Elmhurst Drive, Schnecksville, featured colorful perennial flower beds, 200 dramatic lilies standing 4- to 5 feet tall and flowering viburnums and hydrangeas.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Local News

According to information provided by Lehigh Valley Zoo President and CEO Melissa Borland, the July 4 article in The Press regarding the zoo and the Lehigh County commissioners meeting incorrectly stated the land and animals are owned by the county and leased to the zoo for $1 a year.

“This is not fully the case. The animals are owned by AZA and the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society, not the county,” Borland emailed The Press. “However, the elk and the bison in the preserve, are owned by the county, in which the county contracts with the Zoo to care for the elk and the bison.

Chosen Words

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Opinion


Yesterday is gone for good,

It’s gone for evermore!

But today is now upon us,

It’s today we must endure.

Each day that comes has a story to tell,

There is something new every day.

Capture the moment, enjoy every hour,

’Cause today will soon go away!

Tomorrow will come,

We’ll live life again,

Today will be out of our way;

No matter what, no matter how,

Each day turns to yesterday!

By Shirley Binkley

Cedar View Apartments

Band at Haines Mill

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs


The Allentown Band will perform a free, open-air concert July 21 at Historic Haines Mill, Cetronia.

Hosted by the Lehigh County Historical Society, the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. in the public park surrounding Haines Mill.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Haines Mill is located at Haines Mill and Dorney Park roads. Park in the lot accessed from the driveway south of the mill signed “Cedar Creek Parkway East,” and walk along the paved path from the parking lot to the mill.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Legislation is a platter, not a buffet

My dad was the ultimate meat and potatoes guy. Beef and potatoes, sausage and potatoes, pork and potatoes … pretty much every meal.

If I wanted spaghetti one night, I was usually told “you’ll have what mom makes for dinner … this isn’t a buffet.”

Legislation is a lot like dinner was in my house growing up: you ate the platter that mom served.

As much as I would like to, I simply can’t pick and choose the parts of a bill I support; it’s always take it or leave it.

The 2019-20 state budget included a lot that was quite good.

Isabelle C. Kercimar

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

owned BELL-MAR Enterprises

Isabelle C. Kercimar, 90, of Allentown, died in the Inpatient Hospice Unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

She was a countess of Slovak ancestry, and the daughter of the late Florence Stefania Sivak Burdock Bandzi and Michael Burdock of Allentown, PA.

The devoted and loving wife of Francis C. “Frank” Kercimar, who died four months and one day earlier, through her unbearable grief, she died of a broken heart.

Inseparable in life, they could not be separated by death itself.

Margaret M. Varner

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Albany Township

Margaret M. Varner, 64, died July 12, 2019, in Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall.

Born in Albany Township, she was a daughter of the late Mark H. Miller and Annetta M. (Varner) Kleinsmith.

She was of the Protestant faith.

Her survivors include her sister, Betty K. (Steve) Heydt, of Akron; brother Kermit (Bonnie) Kleinsmith of Reading; and several nieces and nephews.

Visit to leave condolences for the family.

Arrangements made by Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, New Tripoli.

Sally S. Longenberger

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

chemistry teacher at Parkland

Sally S. Longenberger, 80, of Orefield, died July 13, 2019, in her home.

She was the wife of the late Drue R. Longenberger.

Born Dec. 31, 1938, in Kingston, Luzerne County, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Elizabeth C. (Nagy) Skomsky.

The valedictorian of Berwick High School, Class of 1956, she graduated from Gettysburg College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Sciemce degree in biology, and earned her Master’s degree in marine biology from Duke University.

She taught chemistry at Parkland High School for 33 years before retiring in 1997.

Megan L. LeVan

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

physician manager at KidsPeace

Megan L. LeVan, 35, of New Tripoli, died July 12, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She and her husband, Daniel E. LeVan, were married seven years.

Born June 14, 1984, in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of Mark R. and Sharon L. (Ross) Maletsky of Schnecksville.

She was a physician manager at KidsPeace, Schnecksville.

She will forever be remembered as a strong-willed and dedicated wife and mother.

College Corner

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in

Students on

J. Madison

Nicolette Chuss of Fogelsville and Harrison Hall of New Tripoli were named to the president’s list for the spring 2019 semester at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Students who earn president’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.900 or above.

Chuss is majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Hall is majoring in biology.