Parkland Press

Friday, February 21, 2020

NORTH WHITEHALL: Churches prepare for Lent

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

On Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 25, Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will host a free pancake supper with the menu including not only pancakes, but sausage, applesauce and fastnachts as well.

Youth of the church will help serve the meal which begins at 6 p.m.

Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a time for merry making and eating before the penitential season of Lent.

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, all are welcome to stop by the church office during the day for ashes and a blessing from the pastors.

New commissioners oppose Pinsley for membership on green council

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

Although former commissioner Mark Pinsley provided the impetus for the South Whitehall Green Advisory Council, two new board members voted against his appointment to the group.

At the Feb. 5 commissioners’ meeting, board President Christina “Tori” Morgan and Matt Mobilio voted in favor of Pinsley joining the advisory council, while Diane Kelly and Michael Wolk voted no.

About a year ago, Pinsley introduced the idea of cutting back on single use plastics in the township.

New potties for park OK’d

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have given the go ahead to township staff to purchase replacement restrooms at Covered Bridge Park.

Parks and Recreation Manager Mike Kukitz reported during the Jan. 15 board meeting the public frequently complained toilets were undersized, often malfunctioned, had a bad odor, and were not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The outdated restrooms were demolished in fall 2019.

Kukitz said after reviewing several options, staff chose the Cedar Forests Parkaire Activity Center at a cost of $170,000.

Taxes remain steady in South Whitehall

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners approved the township budget for 2020 with the millage real estate tax rate set at 2.84975, the same as 2019.

The fire tax rate also remains unchanged at 0.47.

In documents presented by Finance Manager Steve Carr, general fund revenues are anticipated at $19,843,884 and expenditures at $19,686.530.

The capital reserve fund lists $3,395,378 in both receipts and expenditures.

The fire fund forecasts $1,764,802 in revenue and $1,145,794 in expenditures.

More town houses for Blue Barn Meadows

Friday, February 7, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners recently authorized construction of 69 town house units for Stage 3 of the Blue Barn Meadows subdivision of Posocco Equities.

The plan includes a 17-space parking lot and 1,280 feet of new roadway on 8.9 acres.

The overall Blue Barn Meadows project includes 207 townhouses on a 42-acre parcel. A small portion of the site is in Upper Macungie.

Stages One and Two of the development are already approved and under construction.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Area churches respond to world, national crises

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will observe blanket Sundays Feb. 9, 16 and 23.

Donations from the Neffs congregation and others throughout the United States are forwarded to Church World Service which supplies blankets to families affected by severe weather events, homelessness and poverty.

Recipients can use the blanket to keep warm or as a soft padding to sleep on hard surfaces.

Sometimes, they hang the blankets as room dividers for privacy in emergency shelters.

Other individuals use the blankets to carry items as they move from place to place.

Fast-food restaurant planned for Broadway and Cetronia Road

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to KRE Spring View Commercial for a fast-food restaurant on a one acre site at the southeast corner of the Broadway and Cetronia Road intersection.

The proposed 3,400-square-foot building includes 34 parking spaces. A drive-thru is not planned, however.

For two hours at their Jan. 15 meeting, commissioners discussed KRE’s request for a left-turn lane from the restaurant driveway onto Broadway.

There were quite a few objections to the plan.

On the Cetronia Road side of the property, a left turn is not permitted.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Union UCC collects food for starving people in Africa

Friday, January 24, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, hosted Feed My Starving Children of the Lehigh Valley for a meal-packing event before the winter holidays.

Organizer Eliot Lightner commented on the effort.

“This year’s event was huge,” Lightner said. “We packed over 100,000 meals again, and now they are on their way.

“This time they have two destinations.”

He noted 69,984 meals are going to Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, to be distributed through the Global Aid Network known as GAIN.

Nestle reps discuss odor control at plant

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Representatives of Nestle Purina presented a report to South Whitehall commissioners on odor control at the pet food manufacturing facility also known as ALPO.

At a December 2019 meeting, plant Manager Winston Silva offered comments to the board and public.

“We want to share with the community what we’re doing with our odor remediation plan,” Silva said. “We’re working with experts.

“It’s a complicated issue. There are different types of odors.”

The issue of unpleasant odors was raised at a September 2019 meeting by Antler Court resident Daniel Spiegel.

Board readies for 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Diane Kelly, Matthew Mobilio and Michael Wolk took their oaths of office on Jan. 6 to join the South Whitehall board of commissioners.

They won their positions in the general election last November.

The public meeting room was filled with family members and friends and a feeling of good will as the new board members were applauded.

Joe Setton, who was appointed to the board after the resignation of Mark Pinsley, took his oath previously at the office of Magisterial District Judge Jake Hammond.