Parkland Press

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New elementary school is just awaiting students

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

Construction of Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Upper Macungie Township has been completed, and the facility is nearly ready for the expected opening of school in the fall.

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak told The Press walls in the school have been painted, tile floors are installed and furniture is in.

“The interior is basically in good shape,” Sniscak said.

He said items such as light fixture adjustments, objects to be hung in the rooms, and balancing the heating system remain to be done.

School district offers E-Learning

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District officials are striving to provide successful E-Learning for all grade levels, electives and special needs programs.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports the district is offering special education instruction in “the most appropriate way possible in the circumstances.”

He said special education teachers are collaborating through phone and video conferencing to provide programming for their students.

“We want to best meet the needs of the child at home in this virtual environment,” the superintendent said.

School board meets via phone

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Due to the unprecedented situation of the coronavirus pandemic, the Parkland School Board had its March 24 meeting via telephone conferencing.

Only President Lisa Roth, Vice President David Hein and central administration officials were present.

Using the phone set-up, the board worked through the agenda but did not have any presentations or student recognition items.

The board approved the purchase of five Halo Disinfectant System machines from Global Access Medical, Fort Washington, at a total cost of $40,430.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Memories of Spruce Street

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

With public events at a standstill, readers might be interested in hearing some reminiscences from the past.

Our family moved to Spruce Street, Schnecksville in the 1950s. At that time, the section from Route 309 down Spruce Street to the point where what is now Hickory, was paved.

At the lower end of the street, Spruce continues to the left and Hickory to the right.

In the 1950s, from that Y onward, everything was a dirt road off to the right. The left section was paved to the Reitz potato cellar, then also became dirt.

South Whitehall investigating land preservation

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

At the South Whitehall Township commissioners Jan. 15 meeting, Commissioner Matthew Mobilio suggested the township establish a land preservation department to look for ways to preserve open space.

He raised the possibility of inaugurating an earned income tax for the exclusive purpose of preserving land.

The matter could be placed on a referendum to give the public an opportunity to express their opinions on land preservation in the township, Mobilio said.

He recommended taking a look at preserving what is there now while also looking to the future.

Article By: SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

With nearly a mile of the Jordan Creek Greenway completed in South Whitehall, township commissioners granted approval to a project which will include a 2-mile, 10-foot paved trail from Wehr Mill Road to Cedar Crest Boulevard and Parkland High School.

The new section will connect with the portion already finished from Wehr Mill Road westward.

New vehicles ordered for police

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The South Whitehall Police Department will be obtaining six new vehicles and associated equipment at a total cost of $397,083.

All Fords, three will be marked patrol units, and three will be unmarked command vehicles.

Equipment will include license plate readers, in-car camera systems, and mobile radios and computers.

Police Chief Glen Dorney commented on the need for the vehicles during the Feb. 19 meeting.

“Eight of our cars have over 100,000 miles,” Dorney said. “This project will lower maintenance costs and extend the life of the fleet.”

Board OKs education partner budgets

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District directors recently approved budgets for three education entities which serve district residents.

These partners include Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute and Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21.

Representatives of each presented 2020-21 budget requests to the board and provided comments on their work.

Parkland representative on the LCCC board of trustees Roberta Marcus commented.

“This is the premier community college in Pennsylvania,” Marcus said. “Parkland and LCCC represent the best of the best.”

NORTH WHITEHALL: Some events still planned

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

At this point in time, despite coronavirus concerns, it is expected the Miller-Keystone Blood Mobile will be set up at The Neffs National Bank 1-5 p.m. April 3.

Sign up ahead of time by calling a bank representative at 610-224-4264.


The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, is planning on having an Easter bread (Paska) fundraiser. Loaves will be available with or without raisins, in small or large sizes.

Call Julie at 610-262-7749 by April 3 to order for pickup on April 10.