Parkland Press

Monday, April 6, 2020

NORTH WHITEHALL: Memories of Spruce Street

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

With public events at a standstill, readers might be interested in hearing some reminiscences from the past.

Our family moved to Spruce Street, Schnecksville in the 1950s. At that time, the section from Route 309 down Spruce Street to the point where what is now Hickory, was paved.

At the lower end of the street, Spruce continues to the left and Hickory to the right.

In the 1950s, from that Y onward, everything was a dirt road off to the right. The left section was paved to the Reitz potato cellar, then also became dirt.

South Whitehall investigating land preservation

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

At the South Whitehall Township commissioners Jan. 15 meeting, Commissioner Matthew Mobilio suggested the township establish a land preservation department to look for ways to preserve open space.

He raised the possibility of inaugurating an earned income tax for the exclusive purpose of preserving land.

The matter could be placed on a referendum to give the public an opportunity to express their opinions on land preservation in the township, Mobilio said.

He recommended taking a look at preserving what is there now while also looking to the future.

Article By: SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

With nearly a mile of the Jordan Creek Greenway completed in South Whitehall, township commissioners granted approval to a project which will include a 2-mile, 10-foot paved trail from Wehr Mill Road to Cedar Crest Boulevard and Parkland High School.

The new section will connect with the portion already finished from Wehr Mill Road westward.

New vehicles ordered for police

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The South Whitehall Police Department will be obtaining six new vehicles and associated equipment at a total cost of $397,083.

All Fords, three will be marked patrol units, and three will be unmarked command vehicles.

Equipment will include license plate readers, in-car camera systems, and mobile radios and computers.

Police Chief Glen Dorney commented on the need for the vehicles during the Feb. 19 meeting.

“Eight of our cars have over 100,000 miles,” Dorney said. “This project will lower maintenance costs and extend the life of the fleet.”

Board OKs education partner budgets

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District directors recently approved budgets for three education entities which serve district residents.

These partners include Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute and Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21.

Representatives of each presented 2020-21 budget requests to the board and provided comments on their work.

Parkland representative on the LCCC board of trustees Roberta Marcus commented.

“This is the premier community college in Pennsylvania,” Marcus said. “Parkland and LCCC represent the best of the best.”

NORTH WHITEHALL: Some events still planned

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

At this point in time, despite coronavirus concerns, it is expected the Miller-Keystone Blood Mobile will be set up at The Neffs National Bank 1-5 p.m. April 3.

Sign up ahead of time by calling a bank representative at 610-224-4264.

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The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, is planning on having an Easter bread (Paska) fundraiser. Loaves will be available with or without raisins, in small or large sizes.

Call Julie at 610-262-7749 by April 3 to order for pickup on April 10.

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Assistant business manager hired

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s school board recently approved Angel Green as assistant director of business administration to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Frank Pearn.

Green’s most recent position was director of business administration for the Blue Mountain School District, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a certified public accountant.

District provides budget update

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District Business Manager John Vignone provided an update on the 2020-21 budget to the board during the Feb. 25 board meeting.

He explained budget preparation is an ongoing project with numbers that are always fluid.

Vignone stated the administration is often working on two or three budgets at a time, as one school term ends, another begins, and preparation has to be underway for the succeeding year.

For 2020-21, Vignone is projecting revenues of $188,613,717 and expenditures of $194,421,476.

District makes security a priority

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

When Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman began his midyear goals review, safety and security were the top items in his report at the Feb. 18 workshop.

“We want to make certain our children feel safe and secure,” Troutman said.

He noted the important work being done by Dr. Anthony Naradko, director of safety and security.

“He’s a one man department with the support of all building principals,” Troutman said.

A major district objective is to continue offering safety and security professional development opportunities for staff members.