Parkland Press

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Harrison gives final report on Econo Lodge

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Attorney John Harrison, hired by South Whitehall to handle issues relating to the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, presented a final report to commissioners at their Nov. 1 meeting.

Harrison was brought in during the summer to conduct an investigation of the Econo Lodge after a shooting on the premises which affected an adjacent business.

The incident raised concerns among neighbors regarding their safety and the possibility of illegal activities going on at the motel.

They were uneasy about long-term occupants living in the back portion of the establishment.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union Lutheran Church having holiday craft show

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville, will host its annual holiday craft show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 18.

Eighty-five crafters will be present with items such as jewelry, bird houses, floral arrangements, greeting cards, purses, embroidered and crocheted children’s apparel, fine art, photography, wooden crafts and more.

A Chinese auction and bake sale will be included. Breakfast and lunch will be available.

Here is a great opportunity to experience the holiday atmosphere while also looking for gifts for any occasion.

S. Whitehall police chief announces retirement

Friday, November 3, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police Chief John Christman will be retiring from the township in January 2018.

Christman, who led the 39-member police department, began as a patrol officer in South Whitehall 25 years ago.

He was elevated to chief in November 2015.

At that time, he received an outpouring of support from family, friends, police officers and public officials.

At the recent commissioners’ meeting, board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented on the chief’s service.

“We’re very sorry to see him go,” Morgan said. “He has many accomplishments.”

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Schnecksville Fire Company cooking breakfast in pavilion

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Schnecksville Fire Company will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast in the pavilion from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 5.

Menu includes any style eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, homemade chipped beef, applesauce, toast and beverages.

The fire company is working to restore the building since the roof collapsed earlier this year and damaged much of what was inside.

The fire hall will need new trusses and roof, new heating and air-conditioning, new kitchen appliances and a handicapped accessible bathroom.

Election Day voting on Nov. 7 will take place in the pavilion.

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Two openings, 3 candidates for South Whitehall board

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Incumbent Christina “Tori” Morgan has cross-filed for re-election to a four-year seat as South Whitehall Township commissioner.

Thomas Johns, also an incumbent, is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket, and Mark Pinsley is waging a campaign on the Democratic side of the ticket in the Nov. 7 Municipal Election.

Morgan’s name is appearing on the Democratic ballot as she won sufficient write-in votes in the primary to obtain a listing there.

Residents may vote for only two of the three candidates for board of commissioners.

Pro-life club settlement announced by board

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s School Board has approved a settlement agreement resolving a dispute which arose last spring when students wanted to establish a pro-life club at the high school.

In June, Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported the club’s application raised some concerns the high school administration found objectionable.

At that time, Solicitor Steven Miller said the district has certain parameters to be met by every club.

If the group would make revisions to be compliant with the district’s club policy, the application would be approved, Miller said at the time.

$35 million needed for new school

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

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports the cost of the new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township is projected to be $34,995,953.

The amount includes construction costs, on-and off-site costs, and soft costs.

The total could change when bids are received in early 2018.

The building will be constructed on an 18-acre parcel of land donated by David and Jackie Jaindl along Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road.

Fresh food coming to Dorney

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

Visitors to Dorney Park will have some new food options and an improved venue for dining next season at the Tidal Wave Cafe.

The project will get underway soon on the main midway between the water park and the traditional section of amusement rides and other attractions.

At a recent South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Mike Fehnel, vice president and general manager of Dorney Park, spoke about the venture.

“We’re going to make fresh foods,” Fehnel said. “We’ll have rotisserie chicken, hand-breaded shrimp and a macaroni and cheese bar.”

Pastor Moore to be honored at Union Lutheran Church

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

The Rev. Dennis W. Moore will be recognized as pastor emeritus of Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, during the 9 a.m. Oct. 29 worship service.

The event will be a celebration of Moore’s 20 years of service to the church, as well as a special occasion commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Interim pastor, the Rev. Mark Swanson, will officiate at the service and Moore will preach the sermon. A huge chocolate party celebration will follow.

Hockey thrives in Vistas Park

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Andrew Schantz, representing the South Parkland Youth Association, thanked South Whitehall commissioners for their support of the field hockey program.

Schantz noted the field at Vistas Park, near St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, is designated for field hockey.

“The program has grown to over 100 girls, and many coaches are involved,” Schantz said.

At a recent meeting, commissioners approved installation of an 8-foot by 10-foot vinyl storage shed for hockey equipment at the park.