Parkland Press

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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.

Police getting new cars

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Police Chief Glen Dorney has received permission from commissioners to proceed with purchase of four new vehicles.

The total cost of $235,531 includes complete fitting of car camera systems and license plate readers.

As only $185,000 was budgeted for the vehicles, $50,531 will have to be transferred from the unappropriated reserve.

Purchase will be made from Kovatch Ford, Nesquehoning.

Dorney said the new vehicles will increase services to the community and will provide cost savings for the future by reducing fleet maintenance.

School district expenditures approved

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Maintaining the 11 schools and several other buildings serving 9,300 Parkland students requires large expenditures in addition to the costs of instructional materials.

At the April 17 meeting, the board approved mechanical upgrades at Springhouse Middle School and Fogelsville Elementary at a cost of $462,562.

Purchase of four modular classrooms was approved for a total price of $365,900. They will be used at Cetronia elementary school.

Director of School Services David Keppel reported two existing modular classrooms will be removed and replaced by the four new ones.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union UCC to host Country Sale

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will stage its annual Country Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 5.

Vendors will be set up inside the church and outside over to the grove.

Highlights include a book sale, Santa’s Attic and homemade baked goods.

Lunch will be available with items such as homemade soup, barbecues, sides, and burgers cooked outside by the Grill Guys.

It’s a great time for the community to come together for fun and food.

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The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, is having a flea market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5, Food will be available.

Valley Road closed due to defective bridge

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Valley Road, a short thoroughfare connecting Kernsville and Haasadahl roads in South Whitehall Township, is closed due to a defective bridge near the Guthsville Rod and Gun Club.

Public Works Manager Jeff Clapper reported to commissioners during their April 4 meeting, that employees noticed deterioration on the bridge in February and immediately set up barricades to prevent traffic from crossing.

Township representatives asked Keystone Consulting Engineers, Wescosville, to conduct an inspection.

District readies for new school

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports after two years of working on plans for the new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township, action will soon begin at the site.

“We’re hoping to mobilize after May 8,” Sniscak said. “First we have to record the deed and take ownership by the end of this month.”

He noted David Jaindl donated about 18 acres of land for the school on the west side of Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road.

Kay attorney responds

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

At the South Whitehall commissioners workshop session at Springhouse Middle School on April 11, James Preston, attorney for Kay Builders, defended his client’s right to develop the 190-acre property known as Ridge Farm.

The project proposes development on the north and south sides of Huckleberry Ridge and the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard, between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.

Preston noted the township ordinance allows even more housing units than the 741 proposed by Kay Builders.

Board gives zoning presentation

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Community Development George Kinney presented information on zoning and other factors regarding land use to residents at an April 11 meeting at Springhouse Middle School.

Hosted by the township board of commissioners as a workshop session, the gathering also included information on the review process from South Whitehall Planner David Manhardt and an update from Kay Builders on the proposed Ridge Farm development.

Parkland names athletic director

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

William Dreisbach has been approved as the new athletic director for the Parkland School District.

He replaces Jeffrey Geisel who will retire in June after 30 years of service to the district.

Dreisbach has served as the Parkland assistant boys basketball coach for the past 11 years.

He has a 32-year career as a teacher in the North Schuylkill and Upper Perkiomen school districts.

His experience includes positions as director of athletics, physical education teacher, and head basketball coach.