Parkland Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Players of the Stage presenting ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been practicing diligently to present the one-act play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Based on Barbara Robinson’s work of the same name, the play tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after learning snacks would be served.

Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday School’s Christmas play.

Upper Macungie resident Emmerson Masenheimer, from Cast 1, portrays Grace Bradley.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: LV Zoo, Christmas Décor offering holiday light shows

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, and Christmas Décor are hosting their third Winter Light Spectacular 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday nights until Dec. 21.

This season will feature 36 scheduled events.

There will be no event showings on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Disney Frozen Princess Elsa will be onstage 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 2, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20, 22, 27, 29 and 31.

Disney Beauty and the Beast Princess Bella will be onstage 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 28 and 30.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Fogelsville churches having joint Thanksgiving service

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, 1028 Church St., and St. John’s UCC, 1027 Church St., both in Fogelsville, will be offering a joint Thanksgiving Eve service at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at St. John’s UCC.

The Rev. Nelson Quiñones will deliver the sermon.

For more information, call St. John’s UCC at 610-398-7015 or St. John’s Lutheran at 610-395-5535.


The Busy Bees from St. John’s UCC, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville, are accepting orders for their nut, raisin or coconut sticky bun sale until Nov. 29.

Jury finds former Orefield man guilty of killing four

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A former Parkland High School student was found guilty Nov. 16 in a Pasco County Court in Florida of murder in the first degree regarding the 2014 deaths of four people and dumping their bodies in a roadside ditch.

According to Pasco County court records, Adam Matos, 32, formerly of Orefield, and 7719 Hatteras Drive, Hudson, Fla., was found guilty of killing Megan Brown, 27, her parents Margaret and Gregory Brown, both 52; and Megan’s boyfriend, Nicholas Leonard, 37.

Matos was a senior at Parkland High School in 2004.

Korea/Vietnam Memorial celebrates 12th anniversary

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Korea/Vietnam Memorial Inc., hosted its 12th anniversary of the dedication of the U.S. Armed Forces Plaza this spring in the Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Service Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

The dedication, to honor the most recent entries at the plaza, began with the laying of wreaths by the Korean War Veterans of Pennsylvania.

Parkland High School graduate Erin Kelly sang the National Anthem, the Armed Forces Medley and God Bless America.

‘Annie Jr.’ to be performed ‘Tomorrow,’ Saturday and Sunday at high school

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Parkland theater students, from elementary through high school, will present the musical “Annie Jr.,” this weekend at the high school.

The two-act musical, set in 1933, New York City, portrays Annie’s life at the Municipal Girls Orphanage and the world of luxury at billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks’ mansion.

The musical is based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray.

Hannah Whitson, a ninth grader at Parkland High School, portrays Annie, an orphan.

“Annie is an extremely determined and hopeful girl,” Whitson said.

Veteran attends Army-Air Force reunion

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Former Army Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Haenn, 100, well remembers his time serving his country.

The centenarian recently attended the 2017 reunion of the Army’s 467th Bombardment Group-Heavy Duty in Arlington, Va.

Haenn was accompanied by his daughter Judie Herb, a retired Parkway Manor Elementary School nurse.

He spoke with The Press about the upcoming reunion before his trip to Arlington.

“I am anxious to see if I know anybody,” Haenn said. “I thought I was done going to reunions.”

He also discussed his time in the military.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Upper Macungie welcomes pickleball fans

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township’s pickleball flex League meets 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Sundays all year at Blue Barn Park, 5770 Snowy Orchid Lane, Allentown, Upper Macungie Township.

Indoor basketball for participants age 21 and older will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays until Nov. 16 at Jaindl Elementary School, 1051 Weilers Road, Breinigsville.

All equipment will be provided.

Pickup volleyball for ages 14 and older meets 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays until March 27, 2018, at Fogelsville Elementary School, 312 S. Route 100, Breinigsville.

All levels are welcome to participate.

Seipstown Grange donating to several community groups

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Seipstown Grange 1657 will disburse $18,000 toward community service by awarding $1,000 checks to 18 organizations and charities 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Weisenberg Township Volunteer Fire Company, 2500 Golden Key Road, Weisenberg Township.

According to Grange Master Brian Wetzel, last fall, after the sale of the grange hall in 2015, Seipstown Grange, now a 102-year-old agriculture and community based organization, resumed its mission of community service by financially reaching out to several area groups.