Parkland Press

Sunday, July 23, 2017

No space for truck parking

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

After more than a year of scrutinizing township streets in search of parking spaces for oversize vehicles, commissioners have not been able to find anything suitable.

The issue arose quite some time ago when a township resident was having difficulty finding a place to park his truck without raising objections from neighbors or nearby businesses.

At the June 21 meeting, Board of Commissioners President Tori Morgan commented on the matter.

“Our hope was to come up with some parking for oversize vehicles,” Morgan said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t come up with much.”

Little pantry at church offers free foodstuffs

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, has set up a small pantry at its main entrance this spring as a way to reach out to people who need food and other basic supplies in an emergency.

Interim Pastor Mark Swanson commented on the pantry.

“This is something to sustain life until they can get something more substantial,” Swanson said.

Built by The Journeymen with help from some Eagle Scouts, the pantry consists of a small cabinet with a door which is always unlocked.

S.W. board responds to requests

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners responded, during their July 5 meeting, to requests from residents on personal concerns.

Stephen Perun reported he purchased a house at 1128 N. 26th St. in March with the intention of converting the furnace from oil to natural gas.

After confirming the existence of a gas line in the street, Perun applied to the township for a permit to make the connection to his house.

Perun said a township official told him the permit was denied because the street was paved in 2015 and there is a moratorium on any road work until 2020.

Low return on group lawsuit

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District will submit a claim form in the class action lawsuit, Albert Gallatin Area School District et al v. The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County.

However, the district’s reimbursement will be disappointingly small.

At the June 27 meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported Parkland paid $71,755 to the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School but will receive only $523 in the class action settlement.

Board member Rob Cohen, who opposes payments to cyber schools, commented on the issue.

Mom asks board to OK pro-life club

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Monica Atlas has asked the Parkland School Board to reconsider a request from students for a pro-life club at the high school.

“It would be good for kids who want to get together to discuss the culture of life,” Atlas told the board.

She noted one of her children just graduated from Parkland, and another one is going to be attending in the future.

During the past school year, a group of students submitted a proposal to start a pro-life club, but the request was denied by district officials.

Turtles could bog down plans

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District will be searching for bog turtles and web-footed toads in a wetland area near the location of the proposed new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township.

At the June 20 meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak explained the need for a fauna study at the site.

“Because road widening at Schantz Road will infringe on wetlands, we need to look for the bog turtles and web-footed toads,” Sniscak said. “If these are discovered, we have to construct a new habitat for them somewhere else.”


Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

NORTH WHITEHALL: Agape Church to have flea market

Agape New Testament Fellowship Church, 5229 Route 873, Schnecksville, is having a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30, and from 8 a.m.-noon July 1.

There will be an assortment of items for sale, including clothing and refreshments.

Proceeds will benefit youth ministries.

Agape Church invites young people ages 11-19 to a VBS camp out 6 p.m. July 14 to 10 a.m. July 15.

Attendees will share time together for breakfast.

The theme, “God is Not Dead,” includes teaching, games, crafts, snacks, a rock-a-thon, and a movie.

MAX-imizing educational chances

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

At a recent Parkland School Board meeting, representatives from Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 explained Project MAX, a program from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for students with complex instructional needs.

Deborah Popson, CLIU director of special programs and services, stated the intention is to maximize access to the general educational curriculum and Pennsylvani Core standards for all children.

Natalie Krebs, CLIU educational consultant, reported 1 percent to 3 percent of students have complex instructional needs.

Board OKs $1 million in spending

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Looking toward the next school year, the Parkland School board approved more than $1 million for purchasing new technology devices and updating existing computers.

The largest expense is $710,125 for 2,300 Chromebooks for middle school students in grades six through eight.

At the May 16 meeting, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations Tracy Smith explained during the May 16 meeting the district has a three-year plan for ensuring every student in grades three through 12 has a technology device.

Board prepares to dissolve authority

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners voted recently to begin the process of terminating the board of authority which owns and oversees the water and sanitary sewer systems serving township residents.

Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented on the matter.

“On a day-to-day basis, absolutely nothing changes,” Morgan said. “Operationally, nothing changes.”

She added efficiency will increase as the level of bureaucracy decreases.