Parkland Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Driver dies in N. Whitehall crash

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An 81-year-old Northampton County man was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck a tree around 6 p.m. April 28 in front of 3914 Mauch Chunk Road, North Whitehall Township.

Robert Drey of Lehigh Township was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Kroon 6:40 p.m. at the scene, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.

According to the coroner’s office, an autopsy was performed April 30 to determine the cause and manner of Drey’s death.

Grim said the cause of his death is attributed to multiple blunt force injuries and ruled the death and accident.

County students participate in 4-H conference

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Nearly 600 young people descended on State College earlier this year for the Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference or the Junior Leadership Conference.

Five youth from Lehigh County participated including Emily Mittl of Kempton, Liana Panik of Emmaus, Sophia Vargas of Germansville, Ian Royer of Schnecksville, and Kaytlin Dietrich of Kempton.

The weekend was an opportunity for 4-H’ers to come together for leadership training, networking, and learning experiences.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: St. John’s Lutheran selling buns

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, will be having a spring flower fundraiser until April 30.

American Girl Club, for kids in second to sixth grade, will meet at 6 p.m. April 12.

Everyone is invited to learn more about the historical time period as well as enjoy some activities and crafts.

For more information or to register, call the library at 610-398-1361.


St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., is accepting orders until April 15 for its cinnamon bun bake sale from April 22-24.

‘The Hunchback’ to roam Parkland’s stage

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Parkland thespians will perform “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” April 12-15 at the high school.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” tells the story of deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo, the son of Jehan Frollo, who was raised by his uncle, Dom Claude Frollo, the arch deacon of Notre Dame in 15th century Paris.

This two-act musical is based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel.

Reese Diaz, who portrays Quasimodo, and Alex Atiyeh, who plays Dom Claude Frollo, commented on their characters.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Spring flower sale April 2-30 at library

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Friends of Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, is having a spring flower sale at the circulation desk April 2-30.

The library will show the movie “Wonder” at its Modern Brown Bag Classics 1 p.m. April 2. Bring a lunch. The library will provide the beverage.

The senior book club will meet at 3 p.m. on April 10 at Luther Crest, 800 Hausman Road, South Whitehall, to discuss the novel “The storied Life of AJ Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Zoo offering Easter events

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, will have Easter festivities March 31 and April 1.

Participate in the scavenger hunt to find all the wooden egg cutouts hidden around the zoo.

There will be family friendly arts and crafts, games and interactive activities as well as a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny.

There will also be interactive exhibits, keeper talks and Wonders of Wildlife encounters.

For more information, call the zoo at 610-799-4171.


Yu’s mom speaks with The Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Esterly awaits extradition from Florida

Runaway teen Amy Yu, 16, has been returned to her mother, Mui T. Luu, and brother, John Yu, in Allentown.

Yu ran away on March 5 with Kevin Esterly, 45, of Lowhill Township.

He is awaiting extradition back to Allentown from Miami, Fla.

Luu spoke to The Press at her home on March 19 about her daughter’s return.

Her minister sat close by during the interview.

“I am very happy she is home safe and I know where she is,” Luu said.

“John is very happy Amy is back home.”

Luu said Yu was brought home by Allentown police 4 a.m. on March 18.

Woman dies 11 months after South Whitehall Twp crash

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Caitlin McGarry, 23, of Schuylkill County, has died, almost 11 months after she was involved in a two-vehicle crash 7:19 a.m. April 26 near Dorney Park, in the 3500 block of Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, McGarry was pronounced dead at noon March 17 at The Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital, Bethlehem.

An autopsy was scheduled for March 19 to determine the exact cause of her death, Grim said.

St. Joseph students learn lessons about helping people, animals

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Students at St. Joseph the Worker School helped raise funds for a children’s hospital, served food at a local rescue mission, decorated clothes for newborns, and made blankets for animals during National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in America.

Lisa Geosits, director of school advancement at St. Joseph the Worker School, spoke with The Press Feb. 27 about Catholic Schools Week.

Local police officer named 2018 A-Treat Hero winner

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A-Treat recently announced the 2018 A-Treat Hero winner is Officer Scott Rothrock with Catasauqua Police Department.

Rothrock received over 2,000 of the 6,000 total votes during the campaign.

He will be donating his $10,000 to the Fraternal Order of Police LE-Hampton No. 35.

Two of the six finalists from their first A-Treat Heroes campaign, which was launched in January were Donna Jacobsen, of Orefield, and Matthew Brett of Lenhartsville.

According to A-Treats website, Jacobsen was nominated by Chuck Deprill and Brett was nominated Courtney Loeb.