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North Whitehall Township

Thursday, January 1, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Auxiliary selling dumplings

If you're looking for some warm comfort food on a cold winter night, the homemade chicken potpie Jan. 10 at Union Lutheran Church might be just the right thing.

Kitchen Chief Terry Hoffman reports the menu will also include pickled cabbage, applesauce, biscuits with honey butter, macaroni and cheese and assorted cakes.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at a discount but will also be available at the door.

Dinner will be served 4:30-7 p.m. Snow date is Jan. 17.

Call 610-767-6884 for information and tickets.

Soccer fields receive go ahead from board

Thursday, January 1, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

At the Dec. 3 meeting, South Whitehall commissioners granted approval to Lehigh County to proceed with Phase I on a 139-acre property at 4200 Broadway.

The proposal includes construction of two soccer fields, a stone walking path connecting fields to parking areas, 70 new parking spaces, extension of W. Walnut Street by 400 feet, and modifications to the existing detention basin.

Funding study underway

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

At the Parkland School Board workshop Dec. 16, Dr. Thomas Seidenberger, circuit rider for the Campaign for Fair Funding, gave a presentation on the non-partisan effort to look for more equitable funding of Pennsylvania public schools.

Seidenberger, retired superintendent of East Penn School District, is traveling through Berks, Bucks, Carbon and Lehigh counties to communicate the need for changes in public education funding.

Board chooses Sanctuary

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Once again South Whitehall has chosen The Sanctuary at Haafsville for assistance with animal control issues in 2015.

At the Dec. 17 commissioners' meeting, Sanctuary Director Liz Jones explained the township contract is based on the number of animals served.

"You pay as you go," said Jones.

Charges will be $110 for a dog picked up and $50 for each cat.

"We seek to provide humane, effective and economical services for your municipality and its residents," Jones said. "We do this with the intent to return as many animals as possible to their homes."

PPL Center will be site for 2015 high school graduation

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland High School's Class of 2015 will have its graduation at the PPL Center, the new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Allentown.

The location is a change from Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, where commencement has taken place for many years.

Parkland is the first district to sign on for the PPL Center. Rental cost is $18,000, which includes sound.

Stabler would cost less at $14,500, but the district would have to pay an additional amount for the sound service.

Board names student services director

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

Brenda DeRenzo will serve as the new director of student services, effective July 1, 2015.

DeRenzo, who is principal of Fogelsville Elementary School, will have an annual salary of $117,000.

She will replace Robert Thornburg upon his retirement.

DeRenzo is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders.

She also has a Master's degree from Bloomsburg University in speech and language pathology.

School district looks for large savings through bond refunding

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

During a presentation at the Dec. 2 school board meeting, representatives of Public Financial Management Inc. reported the district has two opportunities for significant savings through bond refunding in 2015.

A series of 2008 bonds with $10,345,000 principal outstanding at a 5-percent interest rate is callable March 1, 2015.

The net savings are anticipated to be $337,480 or 3.93 percent of the refunded principal.

This money would help the financial situation in the fiscal year 2014-15.

Coordinated Health plans new street lights, wants digital sign

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Jim Tsokanos, president of Coordinated Health, presented a concept to South Whitehall commissioners for development of a campus atmosphere among the medical buildings along Cedar Crest Boulevard, across from Weis and Target.

At the Dec. 3 meeting, Tsokanos said Coordinated Health wants to erect new signs and banners with a unifying logo.

The signs would provide clearer directions for identifying the services at each building and would help clients find their way on and off Cedar Crest Boulevard and Route 22.

North Whitehall Township

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Santa's coming to town atop Schnecksville fire truck

Listen for a siren on Dec. 20, as Santa tours Schnecksville atop a fire truck bringing holiday wishes and treats for boys and girls.

There will be a flea market 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 21 in the fire company pavilion.

Community Fire Co. No. 1, Schnecksville, is conducting its annual fund drive. Unlike some areas with paid firefighters, Schnecksville depends on volunteers to respond to emergency calls.

Contributions from residents and proceeds from events at the hall are the primary sources of funds for the fire company.

Marcus, Kennedy re-elected as school board officers

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board has granted unanimous approval to the same leadership team as in 2014.

Following nomination at the Dec. 2 reorganization meeting by David Kennedy, Roberta Marcus was elected president.

Mark Hanichak nominated David Kennedy for the vice presidency.

Voice votes made it all official. Board member Lisa Adams was not present.

Marcus, who joined the board in 1995, begins her fifth term as president, not all consecutive.

A fervent advocate of public education, Marcus has received numerous awards at the state and national levels.