Parkland Press

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ziegels Union Church dates back to 1750

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, could be considered something of an anomaly, according to the Rev. Jeffrey Kistler, of the United Church of Christ.

“This is what is called a vintage church in the literature,” Kistler said. “One of the things that has always been positive about a vintage church is the pastors are committed to doing pastoral care. If someone is sick, we go to the hospital.

“My perception is that is not always the case in nonvintage churches.”

Another anomaly is there are actually two Ziegels Union churches, well, sort of.

Zaun starts fast at state XC championships

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Parkland’s Maddie Zaun, a calculating and talented cross country runner, ended her Trojan cross country career Nov. 3 with a strong showing at the 2018 PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey.

Running on a course that was subjected to a downpour the night previous and by wind gusts on race day, Zaun, the only Trojan girls runner, finished 32nd overall out of 228 participants in the Class 3A category. She completed in 20 minutes and 18 seconds.

The senior runner strived for a good start.

Bower paces Parkland boys

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Parkland boys cross country team concluded a fine 2018 campaign at the 2018 PIAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3 in Hershey.

The Trojans finished 14th out of 19 teams with 366 points and an average time of 17 minutes and 56 seconds.

“They were a little off but came out it OK,” said coach Loretta Dodson. “In a big race like this you need to get out quick and set your pace. It’s important in a race like that to stay focused and you can’t get frustrated.”

Zaun takes third in D-11

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Parkland Girls cross country team had some work to do between the week of the East Penn Conference meet and the District 11 Cross Country Championships. And the team managed to get the work done.

The Lady Trojans had a nice performance at the district meet, held Oct. 24 at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, finishing fourth out of 14 schools overall with an average time of 20:43. Unsurprisingly, the talented senior Maddie Zaun led the squad, finishing third in the field with a time of 19:26.

LV Arts Council disburses grants to fund 33 projects

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

How do the arts enhance your life?

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) says plenty.

The 501c3 organization was established “to promote the value of the arts, foster collaboration in the community and encourage arts engagement for all people in the Lehigh Valley.”

The Arts Council honored its membership at the annual Arts Count 2018 annual fall reception and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grant Awards presentation Oct. 16, Butz Corporate Center, 842 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Hornets hand PHS loss in season finale

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus High School Marching Band was performing the 1982 Michael Jackson classic “Thriller” as the Parkland Trojans were on what proved to be their final offensive drive in their Oct. 26 game against the Green Hornets.

It was an apt musical selection, as this year’s edition of the Battle of Cedar Crest Boulevard was certainly a thriller. Down four points with two minutes remaining, Trojan quarterback Tanner Lewis had the boys methodically on the move for the go-ahead and possible winning touchdown.

Renovated 19th St. Theatre is more than a building

Friday, October 26, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

The year is 1928. The Roaring ‘20s are nearing their conclusion and the Great Depression’s desolation awaits.

In West Allentown, a stately, regal and artful movie palace opens known as the Nineteenth Street Theatre.

Ninety years later, years of planning, months of renovations and $5.5 million have created a refurbished Civic Theatre of Allentown, which officially reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 11.

PHS boys XC earns league championship

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Riley Williamson gave everything he had. The Parkland boys cross country runner had just run a brilliant race Oct. 16 at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Championships at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course and was paying the price. Barely able to stand, arms draped around two others, eyes squeezed shut and wincing in pain, Williamson looked like the walking wounded.

Zaun takes second in EPC

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The thing about the Parkland girls cross country team is that they are good. They’re so good that when they finish second out of 14 teams, the mindset is that they can do better.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” Trojan head coach Loretta Dodson said after her team’s second-place finish Oct. 16 at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Championships, held at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course. “I think just maybe working on individual goals and what they need to do to be a better team.”