Parkland Press

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

North Whitehall Township

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Columns

Union UCC to host craft show

The Country Holidays Craft Show will take place at Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18.

Come for a time of fellowship while meeting many juried crafters. Select from a lunch menu of homemade soup, hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods.

On Oct. 12, singer and songwriter Bryan Sirchio will be worship leader and guest musician at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services.

Sirchio, author of "The Six Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music," is a UCC pastor.

Wehr's Dam report due Oct. 9

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Representatives from KCI Technologies are expected to present a report on their study of Wehr's Dam at the Covered Bridge Park recreation center near the dam 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

After the presentation, comments from the public will be received.

The KCI Technologies review was funded by a grant obtained by the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus.

At a meeting in June, South Whitehall commissioners agreed to allow the environmental preservation organization to seek funding for the engineering study, which would give the board advice regarding the possible removal of Wehr's Dam.

Parkland district revises vision

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Parkland School District has revised its concise vision statement, "Educating for Success, Inspiring Excellence," as part of the comprehensive plan in effect from 2015-18.

At the Sept. 16 board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman introduced the new mission statement identifying what the district can do, for whom it can do it, and for what benefit.

S.W. police seek accreditation

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall Police Chief Thomas Toth reports the acquisition of records management software will enable the department to move forward in the process of accreditation.

At the Sept. 17 meeting, South Whitehall commissioners approved $5,720 for purchase of the software, which will be used to transfer policies and procedures from paper to electronic form.

"Electronic is much more efficient than paper," Toth said. "We can distribute policies and procedures very quickly and officers can reference them easily."

John Vignone's contract extended

Thursday, October 2, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

As Business Manager John Vignone has been so successful guiding Parkland School District through difficult financial times, the board extended his contract to Jan. 29, 2021.

Vignone looks for sources of increased revenue while working with staff to reduce expenditures to minimize tax increases. At a recent meeting, District Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on his work.

"John is a tremendous asset to the Parkland School District," Sniscak said.

Vignone returned the compliment.

Parkland School Board welcomes new teachers

Thursday, October 2, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in School

The energy and enthusiasm of bright young people radiated throughout the room as board members greeted teachers and administrators who are beginning their careers in the Parkland School District.

Director of Human Resources Pam Kelly offered opening remarks at the Sept. 23 meeting.

"There is much anticipation as we bring forth new teachers and administrators," Kelly said. "It was a true team effort focused on finding top notch hires. They survived a rigorous, competitive interview process."

She reported 800 applications were received and 400 interviews were conducted.

Pitstop wins Peoples' Choice Award in clown contest

Thursday, October 2, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

During a recent, beautiful week in September, Orefield resident Harold Reitz participated in Clownfest in Seaside Heights, N.J.

For Reitz, who won two awards for his efforts, entertaining people of all ages and seeing their happy faces is just as rewarding as any prize.

"After three days of classes, on Saturday we worked the boardwalk with the public," Reitz said. "We clowned and mingled with the people."

Clowns from across the United States were present for the occasion, playing games with the children.

New look for Hamilton Boulevard Boulevard

Thursday, October 2, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

If consultant Thomas Comitta's vision becomes reality, Hamilton Boulevard will look less like a highway and more like an attractive parkway.

At a recent South Whitehall commissioner's meeting, Comitta presented a proposal for enhancements designed to improve safety and aesthetics along Hamilton Boulevard from Lincoln Avenue to Cedar Crest Boulevard.

Comitta's plan includes a gateway with trees and a unique monument sculpture at the eastern and western boundaries of the designated section of the boulevard.

He provided an explanation of the tree-like sculpture.

Superintendent requests turf

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in School

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak has asked the board to consider obtaining turf for the district fields used by soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey teams.

"This is a need-to-have item," Sniscak said, at a recent school board meeting. "Parents say Parkland students are at a disadvantage.

"We are the only one of the large schools in the Lehigh Valley without a turf field."

He said stress on the fields intensified when the PIAA moved spring soccer to fall.

North Whitehall Township

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Columns

Café group cooking pork meal

The Women's Cafe group of Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will be serving a pork and sauerkraut dinner 4-7 p.m. Sept. 27.

In addition to the pork and sauerkraut, the menu includes mashed potatoes, applesauce, rolls, dessert and beverages.

Tickets will be available at the door, but save a dollar by obtaining them in advance.

Call 610-767-6884 for information.

***

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will have a basket social in fellowship hall Oct. 1. Doors open 5:30 p.m. The event begins 7 p.m.

Hot dogs, soda and baked goods will be available.