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Dorney plans weekend haunts

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

A new 3,200-square foot, one-story haunted house will be installed in Dorney Park just in time for the Halloween season.

At the June 3 South Whitehall Township commissioners' meeting, Dorney Park's attorney, Erich Schock, commented on the proposal.

"This will be a permanent structure for seasonal use on weekends," Schock said.

The project includes pavement around the building, sidewalks, queue lines and a service drive. There will be no new bathroom facilities.

Despite increase, Parkland's tax rate is lowest in the county

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School board directors granted unanimous final approval to the $157.68 million, 2015-16 budget at their June 23 meeting.

District Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the millage rate for the new term.

"We are once again proud to showcase Parkland's millage rate remains the lowest in Lehigh County at 14.35," Sniscak said.

Business Manager John Vignone said the district's financial situation benefits from a solid industrial commercial tax base.

Jaindl Land Co. to improve road near Fogelsville Elementary

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Situated along Route 100, the Fogelsville Elementary School is an island surrounded by heavily traveled roads and large commercial properties.

At the June 16 school board meeting, engineer Bruce Anderson of the Pidcock Company, described a conceptual design to enhance roadways at the school and adjacent businesses on behalf of his client, Jaindl Land Company.

"We have a plan for access management at no cost to the school district," Anderson said.

He provided background on the Lehigh Valley West II Industrial Park, which nearly surrounds the school.

S.W. lists summer projects

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Public Works Bob Ibach reports the township road crew is nearly caught up with winter damage and is now undertaking some street resurfacing projects.

At the June 17 meeting, commissioners awarded a $598,120 bid to Bracalente Construction and a $207,534 bid to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions for road projects.

Ibach said both contractors were used last year with satisfactory results.

He stated a chip and seal procedure will be used on some streets.

Dorney Park to have full-time police officer

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Police Log

A South Whitehall police officer will be assigned to Dorney Park 40 hours a week for the 2015 summer season.

Deputy Chief John Christman came up with the idea and worked with Dorney Park officials in an effort to provide quality coverage to the park while not diverting officers from neighborhood street patrols.

Christman reports Dorney Park attendance can equal or even exceed the entire township population.

"Using one consistent officer all summer long will improve general continuity between the park patrol and South Whitehall police," Christman said.

North Whitehall Township

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Yard sale June 19, auction June 20 at Agape New Testament Fellowship

Agape New Testament Fellowship Church, 5229 Route 873, Schnecksville, will have its annual yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19 and 8 a.m.-noon June 20.

The event will benefit the children's and youth ministry and the Vacation Bible School program.

On June 20, there will be an auction at 1 p.m. of tractors, other farm equipment, and a variety of goods large and small at Agape to benefit the church's food pantry.

Items will be added up to the start of the auction. Donations have come from farmers, businesses, and individuals.

Board honors retirees

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Acknowledging many years of dedication and leadership, South Whitehall commissioners approved certificates of appreciation for three individuals retiring from township boards.

Steven Seyer served on the board of commissioners for 12 years and the South Whitehall planning commission for 10 years.

Donald Werley served on the township planning commission for 25 years and the public safety commission for 16 years.

Richard Klotz served on the board of commissioners for four years and the township board of authority for 10 years.

S.W. Twp board votes to suspend police for conduct unbecoming

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Following an executive session, at their May 20 meeting to discuss alleged misconduct of several police officers, South Whitehall commissioners voted to suspend three individuals from their responsibilities for specified times.

Deputy Chief John Christman recommended the suspensions based upon neglect or violation of official duties and inefficiency, neglect, intemperance, disobedience of orders and/or conduct unbecoming an officer, relating to sections 6442 and 6444 of the First Class Township Code.

Auction to benefit Agape Fellowship food pantry

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Farmers, local businesses and individuals are contributing items for an auction at Agape New Testament Fellowship Church, 5229 Route 873, Schnecksville, 1 p.m. on June 20.

Proceeds will be directed to the food pantry at the Agape church, which serves about 50 families a month.

Some funds may also be given to Second Harvest Food Bank, which helps people at various locations throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Agape is affiliated with Second Harvest.

District installing cameras on vans, school buses

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

Parkland School District will be installing Internet protocol security cameras on its fleet of 131 school buses and 20 vans.

At the May 19 meeting, the board awarded a bid of $314,958 to ProVision, Byron Center, Mich., for the cameras.

District Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the acquisition.

"We have just a few cameras now, but not nearly enough," Sniscak said. "We move them around where needed.

"Now we'll have one on every bus and van in the fleet."