Parkland Press

Monday, July 22, 2019

Manito riders take home the gold at Devon Horse Show

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Eleven students’ from Manito Equestrian Center, South Whitehall Township, recently participated in this year’s Devon Horse Show.

This prestigious show had its therapeutic riding division at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Malvern.

The show had 145 competitors and 50 classes, including equitation, dressage and trail.

Manito Life Center’s show team took home five first- and fourth-place wins; four third-place wins, three second- and sixth-place wins; and two fifth-place wins.

Manito winners include:

Parkland student with autism works at local art studio

Friday, July 12, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

A 19-year-old Parkland High School student was given a unique opportunity with help from school staff and state and local agencies to work in an art studio.

Ajai Lanathan, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, attends the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Lifehouse program, the IU workshop, and the breakfast and crafts program.

He also wipes tables at Applebee’s and now he can add Art Fusion in Whitehall to his work-based learning jobs.

Former Parkland teacher charged with sexual assault

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

More victims sought by Bucks County district attorney

Lehigh and Bucks County District Attorneys Jim Martin and Matt Weintraub announced during a joint news conference June 27 additional charges have been filed against former Parkland and Palisades teacher Christian Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, for allegedly sexually assaulting four Parkland High School students.

Weintraub began the news conference.

New Tripoli resident concerned after hearing loud explosion near her home

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A New Tripoli resident is concerned after hearing a loud explosion near her home around 7:15 a.m. June 25.

Micki Tapper of Flint Hill Road spoke with The Press by telephone the next day about the explosion.

“My first thought was a tree fell on our house. We (Micki and husband Gene) live on five areas,” Tapper said. “I went outside and looked around, but didn’t see anything.”

She said the explosion shook her house and windows.

Tapper said there is nothing she knows of in the area that would have caused the explosion.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Fireworks Spectacular July 6 in Breinigsville

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township, along with Schmoyer, Trexler and J.S Burkholder funeral homes, will host the Breinigsville Independence Day fireworks spectacular July 6 at Earl Adams Memorial Park, 8935 Breinigsville Road, Breinigsville. Rain date is July 7.

Concession stands open at 3 p.m. and WTAP TV personality Uncle Jeffery will begin broadcasting at that time.

There will be music by the Allentown Municipal Band at 7 p.m. with an old-fashioned patriotic sing-along at 8:15 p.m.

The patriotic reading will start around 9:10 p.m. with the grand fireworks spectacular at dusk.

UNSUNG HEROES: PART I

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Seniors honored for their generosity of time, spirit

In honor of Older Americans Month, 14 Lehigh County residents were honored during the 19th annual tribute to Unsung Heroes at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

This tribute honors older adults in the Valley who have displayed exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.

Part I of the Unsung Heroes story includes local honorees Barry L. Faust, William H. Wehr and Nancy J. Eckert.

Barry L. Faust

Students participate in Law Day ceremony

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Parkland and Allentown Central Catholic high school students presented compelling legal arguments on the First Amendment and student speech as they related to school dress codes and student walkouts during Law Day ceremonies May 1 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Allentown.

Parkland students Ryan Azar, Rishika Rohatgi and Kaitlin Shaul and Allentown Central Catholic students Anahbell Gonzalez, Morgan Dietz, Anna Hadded and Dylan Ferareza served as attorneys.

New Tripoli resident graduates college with highest honors

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in

Juliet Elisabeth Long of New Tripoli, graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in communication studies May 18 from Grove City College, Grove City, Mercer County.

She was also named to the college’s dean’s list with high distinction.

A semester GPA between 3.85 and 4.00 is required for this honor.

“Julie worked so very hard and my wife and I are so very proud of her,” Perry Long, her father said. “Not to boast, but it is a real accomplishment to graduate from Grove City College with highest honors.”

Long is working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

New food pantry working to ‘crush hunger’ in the Parkland area

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A new food pantry — Parkland Community Aid Reaching Every Student— will open its doors June 19 at 5074 Kernsville Road, Unit 4, Orefield.

Katrina Sundstrom, executive director with Parkland C.A.R.E.S. said the food pantry, down the road from Kernsville Elementary School, began as a simple food drive to honor one of Parkland’s own.

Sundstrom, her husband Rich, daughter Sydni and son A.J. held a food drive to honor late bus driver Gary Smith.

Good Samaritan with gun aids man being attacked

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An 18-year-old Allentown man was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, making terroristic threats, and traffic offenses after he allegedly attempted to stab a 47-year-old man around 12:59 p.m. June 5 at 3017 Tilghman St., South Whitehall.

According to South Whitehall police, officers responded for a report of a fight with a weapon at that location.

Upon arrival, officers took the male, identified as Matthew Gavilanes, into custody without incident.