For 67 years, the Parkland Trojan Alumni Varsity Club has worked to promote and encourage participation in extracurricular athletic activities in the school district.
President Ron Bealer reports the club provides educational scholarships for athletes, offers support for various school activities, advances social and physical improvement among students, and promotes camaraderie for all district athletes and friends.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, notes Lent starts on Valentine’s Day this year and ends with the Easter celebration on April Fool’s Day, April 1.
Before that spiritual journey begins, Union UCC will have a pancake, sausage, applesauce and fastnacht supper 6 p.m. Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13.
The mealis free but donations will be accepted.
On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, worship services will be in the sanctuary with a quiet time for prayer, communion and ashes, noon to 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Parkland School Board has approved a resolution to increase taxes for the 2018-19 school year no higher than the 2.4 percent Act 1 Index calculated for the district by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Business Manager John Vignone said the department of education blends the statewide average weekly wage with the national employment cost index into a formula to derive a base index for each school district.
As Parkland is considered a wealthier school, its index is on the lowest tier. An economically challenged district would have a higher allowable index.
Salaries, at $81.4 million, are the largest item in the proposed $180.3 million Parkland School District budget.
Benefits are second at $52.7 million.
In a budget presentation at the Jan. 23 school board meeting, Business Manager John Vignone reported the amount for salaries was helped along by a $200,000 attrition savings.
As most retirements have been announced, Vignone could calculate how much the district is likely to save as new teachers at the lower end of the salary scale replace long-term, higher paid staff.
In response to growing enrollment in Parkland schools, the proposed 2018-19 budget includes funding for 10 new teachers.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman spoke with The Press about the need for additional professional staff.
“We’ll use them [new employees] in areas where enrollment continues to grow,” Troutman said.
He said seven of the new teachers will be assigned to various schools throughout the district, probably Springhouse Middle School, the high school, and Parkway Manor and Cetronia elementary schools.
During the public comment portion of a recent South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, township resident Sam Lipot complained about the trees bordering Grandview Cemetery along Walbert Avenue.
The cemetery is owned by Stonemore PA LLC, 2735 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall
“The trees over near the cemetery look like a jungle,” Lipot said. “The township should be involved in it.”
Township Manager Renee Bickel replied PennDOT trimmed the trees, as Walbert Avenue is part of its jurisdiction.
Under the direction of Pastor Adam Kern, The Vine Church has been meeting at the Schnecksville Grange, 5322 Route 873, for more than a year.
Services take place at 6 p.m. every Sunday on the upper level.
On the first Sunday of each month, a free meal is offered at 5 p.m.
Kern explains the worship experience.
“We teach verse by verse through the Bible,” Kern said. “It is a contemporary worship with a more modern type of songs.
“Child care is provided up to third grade with snacks, play and a short Bible lesson.”
Construction of Hotel Hamilton, adjacent to the former King George Inn, Dorneyville, has been delayed going into a second year due to location of a stormwater pipe connection on the premises of The Shops at Cedar Point.
South Whitehall Planner Gregg Adams explained the situation to The Press.
“There is only a swale there now which goes to a stormwater inlet,” Adams said. “To put in a proper stormwater system, they must go on The Shops’ property to do anything.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to Nestlé Purina Pet Care for an expansion project covering 6.5 acres of the 114.6 acre property at 2050 Pope Road.
The proposal includes additions of 5,800 square feet to the packaging and labeling warehouse; 7,700 square feet to the administration building; 300 square feet to the utility building; 11,800 square feet to the meat batching production factory; and 6,000 square feet to the can operations facility.
Attired in his black robe, District Judge Jacob Hammond administered the oath of office, at the Jan. 2 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, to individuals who were successful in the November 2017 Municipal Election.
Christina “Tori” Morgan, who has been a commissioner since 2008, was re-elected, and newcomer Mark Pinsley is starting his first four-year term on the board.
Tax Collector Alvin Thompson and his deputy, Sandra Dieter, were also installed in office.
The board then proceeded with election of officers.