South Whitehall commissioners recently approved a two-year contract extension for police officers.
The contract authorizes a move from eight hour to 12-hour shifts.
Chief Glenn Dorney said, under the new arrangement, officers will work 80 hours in every two-week period.
They will have six, 12-hour days and one eight-hour shift in each two week pay schedule.
“It will be easier to manage and better for their families,” Dorney said. “They will have every other weekend with three days off and never work more than three days straight.
After sifting through 700 applications and conducting 300 interviews, Parkland administrators selected 52 individuals for professional positions during the 2018-19 school year.
Director of Human Resources Pam Kelly reported at the end of September about half are long-term substitutes to fill in for teachers out on temporary absence, such as maternity or family medical leave.
The remainder are occupying vacancies created by retirements, resignations or are new positions.
Kelly noted 45 percent of the new hires have Master’s degrees or beyond.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laury’s Station, will host a walk-in basket social from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3,
The drawing begins 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Plenty of food and beverages will be available for purchase to eat in or take out.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will have a bake, soup, and sandwich sale in the social hall, 2375 Levans Road, Ormrod, on Election Day, Nov. 6.
South Whitehall’s planning commission has recommended conditional approval for Ridge Farm in a unanimous vote during the Oct. 16 meeting at Springhouse Middle School.
The action resulted from consent to all but two waiver requests from the applicant, Kay Builders.
The subdivision is proposed for both the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.
Parkland Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman recently presented an overview of the 2019-22 comprehensive plan which will replace the expiring strategic plan of 2012-18.
He began with a look at the education community and how it has changed from 2013-14 to 2017-18.
In that time period, enrollment increased by 240 students while the number of district personnel grew by 139 employees.
Administrators remained the same at 63.
Project manager Mark Bradbury presented a request to South Whitehall commissioners for rezoning a 7.3-acre portion of land at the northwest corner of Route 309 and Snowdrift Road from Rural Residential to Neighborhood Commercial.
During the board’s Oct. 3 meeting, Bradbury stated a section of the tract owned by Theodore and Lynn Lopsonzski along Blue Barn Road is suitable for five or six houses.
Bradbury said the remaining portion includes a drainage channel, swale and a banked area.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, and Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, invite children to trunk-or-treat 3-5 p.m. Oct. 20.
Decorated vehicles will be set up at both church parking lots. Children can wear costumes, walk through the cemetery, and pick up treats at each place.
Both churches will have food for the hungry ghosties and goblins.
Come to hear lovely music performed by Trio Jolie at Union UCC, Neffs, at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Oct. 21.
Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports South Whitehall will be scheduling meetings and workshops to tell residents what to do to get rid of spotted lanternflies.
“We need everyone’s help to get control of this pest. We’re working diligently,” Cope said during at a recent commissioners’ meeting. “It’s a yearlong process of an eradication plan which will be an annual battle.”
He said sessions will include identification of the Tree of Heaven, a favorite of the lantern flies.
South Whitehall Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports 415 children participated in this summer’s playground program, 75 more than last year.
Locations were set up at the Cetronia, Kratzer, and Parkway Manor elementary schools and were guided by South Whitehall Recreation Program Specialist Page Durflinger and 30 counselors, mostly college students.
Group trips were taken to an IronPigs game, a trampoline park and Beltzville State Park for a fossil hunt.
Valley Road Bridge near Guthsville Rod and Gun Club should reopen in late November or December, according to South Whitehall Public Works Manager Jeffry Clapper.
At the Sept. 19 commissioners’ meeting, Clapper reported seven bids were received for the job, and the lowest overall responsible bid of $94,560 came from Professional Construction Contractors Inc., Bethlehem. Clapper noted Keystone Consulting Engineers, the firm involved with the bid process, has worked with the company and concurs with the staff’s recommendation to award the project to them.