Parkland Press

Sunday, October 21, 2018

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP: Union churches invite kiddies to trunk or treat

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, and Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, invite children to trunk-or-treat 3-5 p.m. Oct. 20.

Decorated vehicles will be set up at both church parking lots. Children can wear costumes, walk through the cemetery, and pick up treats at each place.

Both churches will have food for the hungry ghosties and goblins.


Come to hear lovely music performed by Trio Jolie at Union UCC, Neffs, at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Oct. 21.

Board swats at spotted lantern fly

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports South Whitehall will be scheduling meetings and workshops to tell residents what to do to get rid of spotted lanternflies.

“We need everyone’s help to get control of this pest. We’re working diligently,” Cope said during at a recent commissioners’ meeting. “It’s a yearlong process of an eradication plan which will be an annual battle.”

He said sessions will include identification of the Tree of Heaven, a favorite of the lantern flies.

Cetronia walks away with the Golden Shoe Award

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports 415 children participated in this summer’s playground program, 75 more than last year.

Locations were set up at the Cetronia, Kratzer, and Parkway Manor elementary schools and were guided by South Whitehall Recreation Program Specialist Page Durflinger and 30 counselors, mostly college students.

Group trips were taken to an IronPigs game, a trampoline park and Beltzville State Park for a fossil hunt.

Bridge to open by December

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Valley Road Bridge near Guthsville Rod and Gun Club should reopen in late November or December, according to South Whitehall Public Works Manager Jeffry Clapper.

At the Sept. 19 commissioners’ meeting, Clapper reported seven bids were received for the job, and the lowest overall responsible bid of $94,560 came from Professional Construction Contractors Inc., Bethlehem. Clapper noted Keystone Consulting Engineers, the firm involved with the bid process, has worked with the company and concurs with the staff’s recommendation to award the project to them.

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP: Quilts and crafts at St. John’s UCC

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, is hosting a craft fair and quilt sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 13.

The event features handmade crafts, refreshments, bake sale, Chinese auction and raffle.

Quilts will be displayed in the sanctuary. They may be purchased or simply viewed for their interesting patterns.

This is an opportunity to find gifts for any special occasion.

Come and enjoy lunch with a variety of homemade items including barbecue and soup.

Enjoy a fun filled day in the country at St. John’s UCC.

Fire chiefs get new vehicles

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have approved the purchase of new vehicles for the volunteer fire company chiefs at a total cost of $265,195.

The amount includes payoff of the balance at Woodlawn Fire Company for the Chevrolet Tahoe purchased last year for use by Chief James Kutz.

At Cetronia Fire Company, a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe will be obtained to replace the 2011 model in use now.

This will be driven by Chief Jay Heicklen.

A 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe will replace the existing 2012 model used by Chief Andrew Garger at Greenawalds Fire Company.

South Whitehall Twp police welcome K-9s Kyra and Drax to the department

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Two new K-9s recently traveled from Holland to join the South Whitehall Township Police Department. They will be training until the end of October.

“Then, they will hit the streets,” Police Chief Glen Dorney explained.

Kyra, a 17-month-old Dutch Shepherd, specializes in explosive detection. Drax, a 19-month-old Belgian Malinois, is specifically trained for narcotics detection.

Both K-9s will also be used in patrol work, tracking and apprehension.

Ridge Farm seeks waivers

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Representatives of the proposed Ridge Farm development requested eight waivers from the South Whitehall planning commission at the Sept. 11 meeting at Springhouse Middle School.

Although the project covers both the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard, the waivers relate to the portion on the northeast corner along Cedar Crest Boulevard between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.

According to the public notice for the development, 713 dwelling units, commercial buildings, a club house, dog park and village plaza are proposed for approximately 129 acres.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Worship times change at Union Lutheran Church

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, announces Sunday worship times are now at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. A variety of music will be offered at each service.

Christian education hour is 9:30 a.m. each Sunday for all ages.

The catechetical program begins Sept. 25.

A contemporary worship service will be offered 6 p.m. Sept. 22. The service will feature the group SWIM, with Bobby Siegfried leading the music along with youth musicians.

Board receives security update

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland Safety Administrator Dr. Anthony Naradko provided a school safety and security update to the board at a recent meeting.

He reported Pennsylvania Act 44, which took effect in June, specifies active assailant protocol for employees to follow and lists the school safety coordinator’s responsibilities.

Naradko noted Parkland has had a safety coordinator for five years and is already doing most of the requirements spelled out in Act 44.

He said the active assailant protocol, however, introduces new training with the key words “Run, Hide, Fight.”