Parkland Press

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ollie’s plans upgrades

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, 4750 West Tilghman St., will be undergoing a renovation to the building as well as improvements to the parking lot.

Located on an 8.5-acre site, the property consists of a single floor, 69,528-square-foot commercial building with 200 existing parking spaces.

The building is located on the south side of Tilghman Street, west of the Tilghman Square shopping center.

The owners propose to install new exterior finishes and new retail spaces under an existing canopy area.

The plan includes a new entrance vestibule for a future store tenant.

School district proposes 2018-19 budget

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board has granted preliminary approval to the $179,394,218 budget for 2018-19.

The real estate tax rate will be 15.42 mills, 0.29 mill higher than the previous term, an increase of 1.92 percent.

For every $100,000 of assessed value, the property owner will pay an additional 29 dollars.

Taxes for a property at the district average residential assessed value of $226,989 will go up $65.83.

To balance the budget, the district will appropriate $6.5 million of the Parkland Fund Balance to the general fund and $500,000 to the capital reserve fund.

Board OKs warehouses

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have granted conditional use approval to the Black Creek Group of Rutherford, N.J., for three warehouses totaling 898,800 square feet along Crackersport and Eck roads.

The complex is situated on 90 acres all together

The applicant proposes consolidating eight lots and removing dwellings and other structures on a 56.7-acre section for the largest warehouse at 640,000 square feet.

There will be 343 parking spaces, 140 dock spaces, 48 oversized parking spaces, 160 trailer parking spaces and stormwater management facilities.

Work begins at new school in Upper Macungie

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Site work for the new elementary school along Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road in Upper Macungie Township began May 10.

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak told The Press environmental controls had to be taken care of first to prepare the site.

Then, stone driveways were put in place for use by construction vehicles.

Construction manager Alvin H. Butz is overseeing the contractors throughout the project.

Livengood is doing the earthwork. The company was awarded the job with its bid of $4.47 million.

County offers land to township

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Lehigh County has offered a gift of land to South Whitehall Township at Covered Bridge Park upstream from Wehr’s Dam on the north side of the stream.

Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports the county and South Whitehall purchased the 24-acre parcel jointly in 1994 at a cost of $175,000.

Since then, the township has maintained the property, although ownership continued at 50-50 for the two entities.

Cope explained the section of land is included in the Covered Bridge Park master plan.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Upper Lehigh Lions Club having chicken barbecue

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Upper Lehigh Lions will be serving up barbecued chicken dinners from noon to 6 p.m. June 2 in the Schnecksville Fire Co. pavilion.

Meal includes chicken, baked potato, pickled cabbage, roll and beverage. Bake sale items will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit community projects.

Call 610-398-2619 for tickets. Walk-ins are welcome.

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St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, welcomes children of the community to Vacation Bible School.

The VBS, themed “Shipwrecked: Rescued By Jesus,” will take place June 18-22.

Bob Bold honored as Friend of Education

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Parkland Education Association recently honored its first Friend of Education — Robert E. Bold.

The honor was bestowed at a dinner of the Lehigh-Northampton Counties local association of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

Bold has been a member of the Parkland School Board since 1999.

He served as president of the board five terms and vice- president three terms.

He leads the Buildings and Grounds Committee and is the legislative liaison for Region 8. He was a founding school board representative to the Parkland Education Foundation for six years.

Rooms needed at the manor

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland Manor Vice President David Harte, a retirement facility underway at the former West End Racquetball Club, asked South Whitehall commissioners to approve additional rooms for the venture.

Harte reported, during the April 18 meeting, market studies indicate more single occupancy rooms, than the architect had originally proposed, are recommended.

“We have a big demand for private occupancy rooms,” Harte told the board. “That’s the demand in the market place.

“We’ll have the same number of people.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Upper Lehigh Historical Society welcomes new officers

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Upper Lehigh Historical Society has a new president — Adam Schneck.

He is looking for ideas for a special event to acquaint the community with the Schneck House and the organization.

Schneck is also seeking ideas on what makes the historical society important.

Other officers are Ann Heiser, vice president; Ann Fortney, secretary; and Vicky Kern, treasurer.

Jim Schneck has volunteered to be facility manager.

Call Adam Schneck at 484-201-4716. New members are always welcome, and volunteers are needed for various tasks.

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Grants sought for park

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Operations Randy Cope reported at the April 4 commissioners’ meeting, he is applying to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a $200,000 to $300,000 grant for improvements at Covered Bridge Park.

The funds would be used for a new 30-car parking lot for the soccer field, a new playground for all ages, including a tot lot, and landscaping.

Cope is also re-submitting a grant request to DCNR for $175,000 for renovations to the Mill House at the corner of Wehr Mill and River roads near the covered bridge.