Parkland Press

Sunday, January 20, 2019

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Schneck House featuring cookies and clear toys

Sunday, December 16, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Upper Lehigh Historical Society will sell homemade Christmas cookies and clear toy candy at the Schneck House 1-4 p.m. Dec. 16,

Everyone is invited to visit the historic Schneck log house along Route 873 across from McDonald’s in Schnecksville and purchase the special holiday treats.

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Bingo has resumed Monday nights in the Schnecksville Fire Company.

Doors open 5:30 p.m. Early bird bingo begins 6 p.m. Regular games start at 6:45 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

Four new rooms for school

Sunday, December 16, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Four new classrooms will be added to Schnecksville Elementary School through conversion of a garage bay which once housed the Blake model space shuttle.

At the Nov. 20 meeting, superintendent Richard Sniscak said the district conveyed the space shuttle to the airport for $1 some years ago.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman said the district wants to have the additional classrooms ready for children moving into new housing developments proposed for the area.

School board welcomes new officers

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

During their reorganization meeting Dec. 4, Parkland School Board members granted unanimous approval to naming Lisa Roth as the new president and David Hein as vice president.

Roth assumes the position held by David Kennedy. Hein moves into the office held by Roth.

Roth, who works in customer service at Air Products, has been a school board member for 10 years and vice president for three years.

Looking ahead to the new year, Roth said she is enthusiastic about construction of the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Upper Macungie Township.

Article By: SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

During their reorganization meeting Dec. 4, Parkland School Board members granted unanimous approval to naming Lisa Roth as the new president and David Hein as vice president.

Roth assumes the position held by David Kennedy. Hein moves into the office held by Roth.

Roth, who works in customer service at Air Products, has been a school board member for 10 years and vice president for three years.

Looking ahead to the new year, Roth said she is enthusiastic about construction of the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Upper Macungie Township.

Board OKs 5 waivers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

After listening to a presentation from Ridge Farm representatives and public comments from 24 individuals, South Whitehall commissioners approved five waiver requests, denied one and tabled another.

The actions were taken Nov. 27 at a special meeting at Springhouse Middle School.

The denied item was a request to allow a 9-1/2 percent grade on the north-south road running through the development between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.

The township ordinance requires a 6 percent grade for the unnamed street, which is designated a collector road.

Veterans Memorial school is taking shape

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The new Parkland elementary school, Veterans Memorial, is taking shape on an 18-acre site in Upper Macungie Township, on the west side of Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road.

During the Nov. 20 meeting, Rob Avitabile, senior project manager for Alvin H. Butz, Inc., reported work is proceeding on schedule and within budget.

He noted 88 “weather days” with rain or snow occurred since breaking ground in May.

Nevertheless, he anticipates having the building enclosed by the end of February 2019. Target time for completion is August 2020.

Students present design ideas

Thursday, November 22, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Preserving trees and planting new ones, while also saving barns and historic structures are recommendations from a team of University of Pennsylvania graduate students who conducted studies in South Whitehall this spring and summer.

At the Nov. 7 commissioners’ meeting, Ellen Neises, from the university’s Department of Landscape Architecture, presented a report on the project which was a part of the Penn Praxis design program.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union Lutheran Church to host craft show on Nov. 17

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will present its seventh annual holiday craft show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17.

The event includes 85 crafters with homemade items such as jewelry, bird houses, floral arrangements, greeting cards, purses, hand-woven baskets, crocheted children’s apparel, chocolates, and more.

This is a great time to enjoy fellowship, do some Christmas shopping, and hear music of the season.

Breakfast, lunch, and baked goods will be available.

Admission is free.

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King George site looking better

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Recent actions by South Whitehall administrative staff and property owner Atul Patel have yielded improvements in the area around the King George Inn, reported township Manager Renee Bickel during the Oct. 17 board of commissioners’ meeting.

In August, Commissioner David Bond raised the issue with concerns not only about the surrounding property but about the inn itself.

“The building is deteriorating,” said Bond at the time. “It could just fall down.”

Commissioner Christina “Tori” Morgan voiced her opinion at the time.

Soil issue affects general fund

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The $10 million borrowed by Parkland School District for capital projects earlier this year may be depleted before the next bond issue anticipated for January or February 2019.

At the Oct. 23 meeting, the board approved a resolution to use the general fund for capital needs until new money is received, probably in March 2019.

The district will then reimburse the general fund.