Parkland Press

Friday, June 5, 2020

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Various community Easter events offered April 4 for kids

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township is offering a free Easter Bunny Scramble (egg hunt) for children ages 12 and younger 10:30 a.m. on April 4 at Lone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Children must be registered to receive prizes and giveaways.

There will be music, light concession foods, giveaways and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

To register or for more information, go to or call 610-395-4892.


Orefield thespians to present ‘Guys and Dolls’

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Orefield Middle School Theater students will present their version of the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls” March 5 through 7.

This two-act musical set in 1920s New York City and Havana, Cuba, tells the overlapping story of gambler Nathan Detroit, who is engaged to Miss Adelaide, the headliner at the Hot Box Club and high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown.

The performance opens with Detroit, played by Andrew Saches searching for the next location for his illegal “floating” craps game.

State hospital demolition to begin in July

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Montgomery County demolition and environmental contractor has been awarded a $12.7 million contract to demolish the former Allentown State Hospital off Hanover Avenue in east Allentown.

On July 2, 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf signed S.B. 701 which was introduced by state Sen. Patrick Browne, R-16th.

The bill authorized the competitive solicitation committee, which included Browne, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, and official representatives of Allentown and Bethlehem to review proposals and recommend a buyer.

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.