Site work for the new elementary school along Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road in Upper Macungie Township began May 10.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak told The Press environmental controls had to be taken care of first to prepare the site.
Then, stone driveways were put in place for use by construction vehicles.
Construction manager Alvin H. Butz is overseeing the contractors throughout the project.
Livengood is doing the earthwork. The company was awarded the job with its bid of $4.47 million.
Lehigh County has offered a gift of land to South Whitehall Township at Covered Bridge Park upstream from Wehr’s Dam on the north side of the stream.
Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports the county and South Whitehall purchased the 24-acre parcel jointly in 1994 at a cost of $175,000.
Since then, the township has maintained the property, although ownership continued at 50-50 for the two entities.
Cope explained the section of land is included in the Covered Bridge Park master plan.
Upper Lehigh Lions will be serving up barbecued chicken dinners from noon to 6 p.m. June 2 in the Schnecksville Fire Co. pavilion.
Meal includes chicken, baked potato, pickled cabbage, roll and beverage. Bake sale items will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit community projects.
Call 610-398-2619 for tickets. Walk-ins are welcome.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, welcomes children of the community to Vacation Bible School.
The VBS, themed “Shipwrecked: Rescued By Jesus,” will take place June 18-22.
The Parkland Education Association recently honored its first Friend of Education — Robert E. Bold.
The honor was bestowed at a dinner of the Lehigh-Northampton Counties local association of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Bold has been a member of the Parkland School Board since 1999.
He served as president of the board five terms and vice- president three terms.
He leads the Buildings and Grounds Committee and is the legislative liaison for Region 8. He was a founding school board representative to the Parkland Education Foundation for six years.
Parkland Manor Vice President David Harte, a retirement facility underway at the former West End Racquetball Club, asked South Whitehall commissioners to approve additional rooms for the venture.
Harte reported, during the April 18 meeting, market studies indicate more single occupancy rooms, than the architect had originally proposed, are recommended.
“We have a big demand for private occupancy rooms,” Harte told the board. “That’s the demand in the market place.
“We’ll have the same number of people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.