Parkland Press

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

South Whitehall commissioner supports Diane Kelly on May 21

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

I am proud to support Diane Kelly for South Whitehall Township commissioner.

Having served almost two complete terms as commissioner, I can tell you first hand from knowing Diane that she possesses the leadership qualities and skills that will help South Whitehall Township move forward in the right direction that South Whitehall residents and businesses would be in favor of.

Diane began her career in the dental field and was trained in the highest standards of performance and professionalism.

PennDOT offering motorcycle training

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from now through October is offering an exciting line of Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program clinics focusing on developing operator proficiency free of charge to prospective, experienced, and new riders who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license.

Developed by PennDOT’s program coordinator, Total Control Training Incorporated, PAMSP offers five training syllabuses tailored not just to hone a rider’s knowledge, but to test his or her ability to physically manipulate a motorcycle properly.

Hartzell seeks second term on board

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Dan Hartzell has announced he is running for a second, four-year term on the board.

Hartzell, 68, of South Whitehall Township, is a Democrat who took office in January 2016.

A Lehigh Valley native, he is a Whitehall High School and Kutztown University graduate.

A former Morning Call reporter, editor and columnist, Hartzell covered municipal government during more than 38 years in the news business before retiring in 2014.

He wrote the “Road Warrior” question-and-answer column on travel and transportation matters.

Chosen Words

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Opinion


Home is just a building,

Stucco, brick or wood,

But home is where we need to be

For everything that’s good.


Home is windows, curtains, shutters, doors,

Hugs and kisses, love and more.

Shelter, comfort from the weather,

Home is where we get together.

Home is where you hang your hat

And where you sleep at night.

Home’s your destination,

Where you go to make things right.

Sometimes home is just a word,

We say it now and then.

Especially when we are tired,

We want to go home again.

Nancy J. Madtes

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

co-owned Madtes Poultry

Nancy J. Madtes, 79, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of New Tripoli, died on May 1, 2019.

She and her husband Willard E. Madtes were married 41 years last July.

Born in New Tripoli, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Miriam (Heintzelman) Seidel.

She and her husband co-owned and operated the former Madtes Farms and Madtes Poultry, Lynn Township, for many years.

The couple had a poultry, egg, and produce stand at the Allentown Farmer’s Market where she was every weekend happily talking to customers and employees.

Ronald G. Evans

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

lead guitarist of ‘Von Sorcerer’

Ronald G. “Ron” Evans, 59, formerly of Palmerton, lead guitarist of “Von Sorcerer” and “The Lenny Evans Project” died on May 2, 2019, in ManorCare Health Services, Allentown.

Born Jan. 10, 1960, in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Arja and Gertrude (Paules) Evans.

With more than 35 years of heavy metal, hard rock and progressive music, he was a self-taught guitarist who dedicated his life to music.

He performed in many venues throughout the Lehigh Valley and Carbon County and produced his own album “The Church of the Everlasting Space Crystal” in 2012.

Julianne Jacob Brazina

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

teacher and guidance counselor

Julianne Jacob Brazina, 73, of Edgewater, Fla., formerly of Germansville, died May 11, 2018.

She was the wife of the late Fred J. Brazina.

She was born in Trenton, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jacob and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Szabo.

She was a teacher and guidance counselor for Northwestern Lehigh, Central Catholic and the Allentown School District.

Justin Sheftell Tourney to take place on June 15

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The 15th annual Justin Sheftel Memorial Softball Tournament will take place June 15 at the Lehigh County Athletic Fields.

What started as a friendly softball game in 2005 in memory of Sheftel, who was hit and killed by a drunken driver just hours after graduating from Parkland High School, has now donated more than $450,000 to the Lehigh Valley community.

For the 15th Anniversary, an anonymous donor will match any new donations, including increased donations to the 2019 tournament from past donors.