Parkland Press

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Grundsau says six more weeks of winter

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Mid 30-degree temperatures did not deter the 50-plus groundhog aficionados from gathering 7 a.m. Feb. 2 at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall, to watch Jahde and his nephew, Lee, float down the Jordan Creek.

As members and supporters of Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 awaited the groundhog’s weather prediction, they were treated to cookies and hot beverages.

Lodsch Haaptmann David Adam of Orefield opened this year’s ceremony by welcoming everyone in Pennsylvania Dutch.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Good Will Fire Company cooking breakfast Feb. 9

Friday, January 31, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, will be cooking up breakfast from 8 a.m. from 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Meal includes two eggs cooked to order, one to three pancakes, two choices of meats — sausage, ham, bacon or mackerel — toast, coffee, orange juice and water.


Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall, is hosting a take your child to the library day for all ages 10 a.m. Feb. 1.

Woman charged with stealing money from Sanctuary

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The former treasurer of an Upper Macungie nonprofit animal rescue group has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property after allegedly stealing more than $11,000.

According to an affidavit of probable cause and criminal complaint obtained from District Judge Michael Faulkner’s office, Upper Macungie Police Detective Jason Wheeler stated that around April 28, 2018, police received a complaint from Linda Green, president of The Sanctuary of Haafsville.

2020 Census postcards to be mailed in mid-March

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The U.S. Census Bureau kicked of its 2020 decennial census Jan. 21 in the rural Village of Toksook Bay, Alaska.

National Census Day, however, isn’t officially observed until April 1.

Robert F. Toth Jr., area census office manager with the Philadelphia Regional Census Center, Allentown Area office, 3900 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall, told The Press Jan. 17 his office, which covers Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Pike and Wayne counties, is still in the recruiting phase of hiring workers.

Police investigate home burglary

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A home in the 3000 block of Jordan Road, in the Grist Mill Estates development North Whitehall Township, was burglarized between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Jan. 25, State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say. Police say two juvenile runaways from KidsPeace, 5300 KidsPeace Drive, Orefield, burglarized the home.

The juveniles were allegedly found in possession of the stolen property, police say.

UPPER MACUNGIE: St. John’s Lutheran Church offering free community dinner

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., Fogelsville, is hosting a free community dinner 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17.

The meal includes chicken potpie, applesauce, salad, dessert and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call the church office at 610-395-5535.


Parkland Library is offering a “Growing Adventurous Eaters” class for adults with registered dietitian Kim Slack of On Your Table from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18.

Devastating fire leads to new friendships

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Beau Drobot, good Samaritans recall day automotive shop is destroyed

In addition to the volunteer firefighters from six companies who responded just before noon Jan. 7 to a devastating two-alarm blaze at Drobot Automotive, 3221 Mauch Chunk, North Whitehall, three individuals have come to the assistance of shop owner Beau Drobot, of Germansville.

Jesse Probus, Dr. David Roy, owner of North Whitehall Chiropractic and Drobot’s good friend Josh Haines, owner of Back Home Bagels Deli and Bake Shop in Schnecksville, met on Jan. 9 at the Willow Street Pub, North Whitehall, to recount the heroic efforts made to help Drobot save his belongings and shop.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Churches offering Christmas Eve services

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8227 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, is offering a Christmas Eve service 4 p.m. for families, and a festival service at 9 p.m. Dec. 24.

For more information, 610-398-7000.


St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., Fogelsville, is offering two Christmas Eve Communion services. One is at 4 p.m. for families, and a candlelight at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

For more information, call the church office at 610-395-5535.


Parkland Press reporter peeks into the life of EMT, paramedic

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Cetronia Ambulance offers ‘Go for a Ride’ program

Cetronia Ambulance Corps recently offered the Lehigh Valley Press a chance to participate in the “Go for a Ride” program.

Reporters who took part experienced a day in the life of a Cetronia paramedic and emergency medical technician.

After receiving a tour of the ambulance and learning about some of the equipment from Cetronia Paramedic Austin Carpenter and EMT Robert Owen, this reporter, Carpenter and Owen were off to our first call — a patient with abdominal pains, who was transported to a local hospital.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Zion’s Union Church live Nativity, Dec. 14

Friday, December 6, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

The Sunday School at Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, will be offering its annual live Nativity 5-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14.

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

For more information, call 610-683-7485.


Ziegels Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will participate in Wreaths Across America noon Dec. 14.

They will be laying more than 200 wreaths for veterans at Ziegels cemetery.

There will also be a ceremony before the laying of wreaths.