Parkland Press

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

South Whitehall police seek help to identify pickup truck

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police are seeking the public’s help to identify the owner or business that owns a truck involved in an incident that occurred around 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2018, in the 2500 block of Highland St., South Whitehall.

This case is under active investigation and no other details can be released at this time, police say.

Anyone who may be able to identify the business or owner of the pickup truck or has information regarding this investigation, is asked to contact South Whitehall Detective Timothy Shoudt at 610-398-0337.

’Tis the season for cops and kids

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Target, police, Dorney create special day for youngsters

Christmas 2018 was special for more than 30 Parkland students thanks to the efforts of Target store employees, Pennsylvania state troopers, South Whitehall, Upper Macungie and Allentown police officers, Lehigh County Sheriff’s deputies, and Dorney Park security officers.

The 33 youngsters who took part in the annual Heroes and Helpers program were treated to lunch at Chickie and Pete’s at Dorney Park, and a shopping spree at Target.

Students adapt toys for peers with disabilities

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh Carbon Career and Technical Institute and Jim Thorpe High School students recently participated in a Toy Adaptation Day to help make Christmas 2018 a little brighter for students with disabilities.

The Toy Adaptation Day took place at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, Independence Drive, Schnecksville.

Danielle Argot, M.Ed., CBIS, assistive technology consultant and BrainSTEPS team leader at CLIU 21, was instrumental in organizing the special day on Dec. 6, 2018.

NWL graduate joins S. Whitehall police

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Ryan King, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, recently joined the South Whitehall Township Police Department.

King received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bloomsburg University in 2013.

He is also a 2015 graduate of Philadelphia Police Academy class 371.

King served in the 24th district of the Philadelphia Police Department until 2017. He was then was sworn in as a police officer with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.

Lions host Christmas party

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Allentown Kuhnsville Area Lions Club hosted its annual Christmas party for hearing and visually impaired children and adults Dec. 8 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fogelsville.

David Daniel with the Lions Club spoke with The Press before the party began.

This is the eighth year the Lions Club has hosted this party for local residents who are hearing or visually impaired, Daniel said.

“The Western Lehigh Lions Club originally started hosting these parties years ago but when they disbanded, we took over hosting the party,” Daniel said.

NWL graduate joins South Whitehall police

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Ryan King, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, recently joined the South Whitehall Township Police Department.

King received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bloomsburg University in 2013.

He is also a 2015 graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy class No. 371.

King served in the 24th district of the Philadelphia Police Department until 2017, when he was sworn in as a police officer with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.

UPPER MACUNGIE: New Year’s Eve fun for kids

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township will host a Kids Noon Year’s Eve 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Good Will Volunteer Fire Company, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

This free event will have something fun to do for the entire family.

There will be a balloon drop at noon, Dazzling Doodles face painting, games, giveaways and DJ JJ Sands.

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

For information, go to uppermac.org.

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Therapy Dogs ease student stress before Cedar Crest finals

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The last week of winter semester classes went to the dogs at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, but, in this case that was not a bad thing.

Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs were on campus Dec. 6 for Exam De-stress Day.

The dogs are trained by volunteers to promote well-being and healing through comfort and companionship.

As the end of the semester can be a tense time for the college community, the Therapy Dogs were on-hand (or in this case on-paw) to help ease the stress.

The event was sponsored by the Cedar Crest College School of Nursing.

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP: Zion’s Union Church, Maxatawny, having live nativity on Dec. 8

Friday, December 7, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

The Sunday School at Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, will have a live nativity 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

Shows will be every half-hour with the final show at 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Everyone, from third grade through adult, is welcome to help, Sunday School member or not.

For more information, call the Sue Haas at 610-683-6099.

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St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville, will show the movie “Star” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Students learn how to turn passions into careers

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Springhouse Middle School students learned how to turn their passions into careers from Valerie Weisler, founder and chief executive officer of The Validation Project, during the school’s recent Take a Stand anti-bullying presentation.

The Validation Project, an international organization, works with more than 6,000 teenagers in 105 countries to turn their passions into positive action through mentoring and social justice assignments.

Weisler told the students she started the organization when she 14, a freshman in high school, who was being bullied at school.