Parkland Press

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Homecoming float winners are announced

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Parkland High School recently announced the winners of the homecoming float parade held Oct. 11 at the football game at Orefield Middle School stadium.

The winners of the float contest included: PALS- Avengers, first place; National Art Honor Society, second place; Dance Team- Care Bears, third place; Conservation Club, Most Sustainable; Interact’s Stuff the bus won Spirit of Parkland and SADD’s organ and tissue donations won for Best Theme.

Petco awards local animal shelter $50,000 grant

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Volunteers with The Sanctuary at Haafsville as well as cats and dogs they care for, and area residents are benefiting from a grant initiated a year ago by founder Liz Jones.

Dave Mariano, district leader with Petco Foundation, honored the animal shelter at 901 Nestle Way, Breinigsville, on Sept. 14 for how it is using a $50,000 grant awarded to the shelter earlier this year.

Donna Dougherty, with The Sanctuary events and fundraising team, addressed the audience.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Calling all canines: Barktoberfest will be on Oct. 12

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township and Keystone Consulting Engineers will host Barktoberfest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Upper Macungie Park, 1625 N. Route 100, Fogelsville. Rain date is Oct. 13.

A demonstration by the police K-9 team will be presented 12:30 p.m., with music, activities, giveaways by vendors, a pet parade and costume contest with prizes.

Pet parade registration takes place 11 a.m. to noon at the welcome table. Winners will be announced at 1:10 p.m.

Admission is free. All pets must be on a leash to attend.

Something was squirrelly in South Whitehall Twp

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Nothing can change a day in a newspaper office more than a power outage.

As this reporter arrived around 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 to the Parkland Press office, 1633 N. 26th St., South Whitehall Township, I learned the power in the area went out around 7:30 a.m.

After tracking down a PPL electric utility truck driven by Brian Walter, a lineman with the company, the cause of the outage was revealed.

“A squirrel took out the line,” Walter said.

“It climbed on top of the transformer and was electrocuted.”

Firefighters, police rescue senior citizens

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

3-alarm blaze forces evacuation of personal care facility

Volunteer firefighters from Upper Macungie Station 56, Trexlertown, Cetronia, Woodlawn, Western Salisbury, Lower Macungie, Alburtis, Catasauqua, Lower Milford, Berks County, Nancy Run and Emmaus worked feverously, climbing ladders and guiding water through hand-held hoses to save 82 senior citizens after a three-alarm fire broke out just before 3 a.m. at Heather Glen Senior Living, 415 Blue Barn Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Berks County man charged with sexual assault at KidsPeace

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced that a Berks County man was charged with committing institutional sexual assault for an alleged incident at KidsPeace in North Whitehall.

Kharee Javon Greene, 23, of 204. S. Kemp St., Lyons Station, Berks County, a former KidsPeace employee, has been charged with one count of institutional sexual assault, a felony of the third degree.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church having pet blessing on Oct. 6

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Zion’s Union Church, Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, is collecting new socks for men, women, children and infants between Oct. 6-27 to be distributed to local organizations and shelters.

For more information, call the church office at 610-683-7485.

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St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8227 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville, will offer a blessing of the pets at 1 p.m. Oct. 6. This event will be held rain or shine.

Arrive by 12:30 p.m. for food, drinks and raffle ticket sales. Hot dogs, baked goods and drinks will be available for purchase.

Granitz named Allentown’s interim police chief

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Speaking before a crowded room, Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell announced the appointment of Capt. Glenn E. Granitz Jr. as the city’s interim police chief.

Mayor O’Connell began his speech by stating, “Seventeen months ago, when I took this job as the interim mayor of the City of Allentown, one of the first tasks I had was the selection of a new police chief,” O’Connell said. “Glen Dorney was retiring from the city heading to South Whitehall Township, so the department needed a new police chief. I selected Tony Alsleben.”

O’Connell then noted Alsleben was an excellent chief.

Firefighters battle fire at salvage yard

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

As this reporter was leaving the Parkland Press office at 1633 N. 26th St., South Whitehall, at 10 a.m. Aug. 28, smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from behind Grandview Cemetery.

Sirens could be heard as volunteer firefighters from Greenawalds, Woodlawn, Cetronia, and Tri-Clover fire departments responded to a fire at South Whitehall Salvage, 2000 Minnich Road, South Whitehall.

Greenawalds Assistant Fire Chief Adam Garger told The Press at the scene that the fire started in a pile of scrap metal near an old garage.

Not a bomb, says police chief

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

As State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, were clearing a three-vehicle, hit and run around 9:44 a.m. Aug. 16 on Route 22 West at Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall, a firefighter with one of South Whitehall’s fire departments reported seeing a suspicious device that looked similar to a pipe bomb.

As a result, the Allentown Fire Department Bomb Squad and the Pennsylvania State Police Hazardous Device and Explosive Section responded.

Traffic on Route 22 West was closed temporarily while the device was removed by HDES to a field near Wehr’s Mill Dam, South Whitehall.