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Three employees injured in Tek Park explosion

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the explosion that injured three workers Feb. 16 at Broadcom Ltd., formerly CyOptics Inc., at Tek Park, 9999 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville.

“The employees were changing out canisters containing what is believed to be the chemical trimethylindium when the explosion took place,” OSHA Spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins emailed The Press on Feb. 21.

CyOptics Inc., has no prior OSHA history, she said.

Hawkins noted OSHA has up to six months to complete its investigation.

Fire damages pellet stove in South Whitehall home

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Volunteer firefighters from Woodlawn, Greenawalds and Cetronia fire departments were dispatched at 12:34 p.m. Feb. 7 for a dwelling fire at 1725 N. 21st. St., South Whitehall Township

According to South Whitehall Fire Marshal John Frantz, the fire was in the ash pan of a pellet stove in the home.

It was called under control shortly before 1 p.m., Frantz said.

“One adult and two children were in the home at the time of the fire,” Frantz said. “No injuries were reported.”

There was no damage to the home, he said.

UPDATE: Driver, 3 children injured in 2-vehicle I-78 crash

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

UPDATE: A driver and three children, all from Brooklyn, N.Y., were injured when their sedan was involved in a two-vehicle crash at 11:52 a.m. Feb. 21 on I-78, at mile marker 48.1, Upper Macungie Township.

According to State Police Troop M Fogelsville, Ralph Stewart of Princeton, Ky., was driving a commercial motor vehicle in the left lane, when he attempted to merge into the right lane and struck the sedan driven in the right lane by Sonali A. Clinton of Brooklyn.

The impact caused the sedan to spin, strike the center median and roll onto its roof.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP Many activities offered in community

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township is hosting pickup volleyball under the direction of Rich Kiser 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays until March 28 at Fogelsville Elementary School, 312 S. Route 100, Fogelsville.

All levels of skill are welcome. Must be 14 years of age to participate.


Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall, is hosting “Games We Love” 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

Everyone is invited to have fun playing bridge, pinochle, canasta or chess.

The library is hosting a Mardi Gras Celebration 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18.

Cedar View resident touches others’ lives through her poetry

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

One resident of Cedar View Apartments in South Whitehall is touching people’s lives with her words, poetry and music.

Shirley Ann (Bentz) Binkley, born in 1935, in Easton, has written a book titled “Inside Out,” which includes 90 poems about loved ones, friends, animals, flowers, the different seasons and more.

“To tell a story, and write with emotion and feelings, has been my journey,” Binkley said.

Binkley graduated from Easton High School in 1953 with straight A’s in English and was an executive secretary most of her working days.

‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ to surface at JCC

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will present “The Little Mermaid Jr. Feb. 16, 18 and 19 at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown.

The two-act musical, which follows the story of Ariel who dreams of a world above the sea, is based on Doug Wright’s book and the 1989 Disney film of the same name.

Music is by Alan Menken. Lyrics are by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater.

Megan Brenkert of Upper Macungie portrays Ariel. Max Wetherhold of Northampton plays her father, King Triton.

Mr. Parkland 2015 returns to judge 2017 competition

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Mr. Parkland 2015 Alfred Hayward returned to his alma mater this past weekend to be a judge at the Mr. Parkland 2017 competition.

Army Pfc. Hayward, serving with the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade, Md., spoke with The Press about the competition.

He said Melissa Goldstein, a Mr. Parkland advisor and one of his high school teachers, contacted him in September 2016 and asked him to help judge the competition.

“Being a prior contestant, I know just how much energy and excitement there is for each show, and I wanted to enjoy it again,” he said.

Parkland’s Superintendent Sniscak inducted into William Allen Class of ’17 Hall of Fame

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Richard T. Sniscak, superintendent of the Parkland School District, was inducted into the William Allen High School Class of 2017 Hall of Fame Feb. 4 during a ceremony in the J. Milo Sewards Gymnasium.

Sniscak was the head football coach at William Allen High School from 1990-92.

Grundsau Lee prognosticates an early spring for this year

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

Light snow flurries and a 34 degree temperature did not deter groundhog aficionados from gathering at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall, around 7 a.m. Feb. 2 to watch Yahdee and his grandson, Lee, float down the Jordan Creek.

As both members and supporters of Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 awaited the groundhog’s weather prediction, they were treated to cookies and hot beverages.

Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Am Jahden Haaptmann (president) David H. Adam of Orefield opened this year’s ceremony by welcoming everyone in Pennsylvania Dutch.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP Zion’s Union Church having Miller-Keystone blood drive

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall, is hosting toddler story time for kids 18 months to age 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16.

There will be stories, songs and rhymes.

Preschool story time for kids 3-5 is scheduled for 1-1:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16.

A caregiver must remain in the library.

Baby story time for kids birth to age 2 will be held 10:30-11 Feb. 6, and 13. Kids and their caregiver, can enjoy favorite picture books, rhymes and songs.