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Board considers flashing lights

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

In response to a resident's request for safer speeds through Mechanicsville, South Whitehall commissioners have been studying options on how to address the issue.

At the Nov. 5 meeting, township engineer Ralph Russek recommended a flashing light system be installed.

One flashing device would be placed along Orefield Road at the existing curve warning sign, while the other would be along Mauch Chunk Road, also on an existing curve warning sign.

Russek said the Penn-DOT manual allows beacons as a supplemental emphasis to warning signs on regulatory markers.

North Whitehall Township

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Music, flea market and more

St. John's United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will have a walk-in basket social 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8.

The drawing begins 3:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be baskets for food lovers, sports fans, holidays, children and more.

Plenty of food, including homemade baked goods, and refreshments will be available for eat-in or take-out.

For more information, call 610-262-8061.

Boy Scout Troop 144 will have a spaghetti dinner and basket social raffle 4-7 p.m. Nov. 15, at St. John's UCC.

Board to decide on turf

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

During the Oct. 28 board meeting, Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak recalled a discussion on artificial turf for the soccer field commenced in August.

"The board granted us consensus to move forward with a cost analysis," Sniscak said.

He proceeded to introduce Thomas Daniels, senior project manager at Alvin H. Butz Inc., which conducted a study of the field and compiled anticipated costs for conversion to artificial turf.

"It's not a cheap project," Daniels said. "It's a million and a half, or so."

Union United Church of Christ honors beloved Pastor Thomas

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Rev. Thomas N. Thomas has retired from Union United Church of Christ where he served as senior pastor for 30 years.

Seven months of special activities in his honor culminated Oct. 26 with Thomas' recognition as pastor emeritus.

Events that Sunday included a message from the Rev. Alan Miller of the UCC Penn Northeast Conference, presentation of gifts and remarks from staff and church leaders, and a grand celebration and picnic in the church grove.

South Whitehall drops Berkheimer

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall's contracts with Berkheimer Tax Administrators for collection of water, sewer, refuse and business privilege bills have been terminated effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The arrangement was inaugurated January 2014 upon the recommendation of auditors, Buckno, Lisicky, in an internal controls document dictating the separation of duties.

At the Oct. 15 commissioners' meeting, Finance Manager Lenore Horos reported with the implementation of a new software package having utility billing, it makes sense to bring the work back in-house.

Budget season begins

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Although the 2014-15 term has been in session only two months, Parkland School District Business Manager John Vignone and administrative staff are already planning the 2015-16 budget.

In a presentation at the Oct. 21 meeting, Vignone reported Parkland derives about 84 percent of its total revenue from local sources.

Since federal funding remains flat at 2 percent and state funding is often unpredictable, rarely increases and sometimes declines, the school district has to depend on taxes collected here.

Parkland School board members honored for their support of arts

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District Director of Visual and Performing Arts Mark Stutz congratulated the school board for receiving the 2014 Arts Education School Board Leadership Award Oct. 2 from the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network.

At the Oct. 21 meeting, Stutz said the school board was recognized for showing great leadership in developing kindergarten through grade 12 music, dance, theater and visual arts curricula, as well as providing financial support for sustaining and expanding the arts programs.

North Whitehall Township

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Baskets, breakfast and treats

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will have a basket party from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 24, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 25.

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

Call 610-767-6884 for tickets.

To receive a free sheet of tickets, bring a grocery bag full of non-perishable items for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank.

The kitchen will be open with a menu including homemade soups, sandwiches and baked goods.

Last year the congregation prepared more than 200 creative baskets and would like to do as well this time.

Glenn Block speaks out on Wehr's Dam

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Commissioners Board Vice President Glenn Block explained his views on the Wehr's Dam issue to the Press after the Oct. 1 commissioners' meeting.

"I want to make sure all sides are heard, then we can make the best decision," Block said. "There would have to be a compelling reason, environmental, financial, to tear it down. I am interested in practicality, whether it needs to come down or doesn't.

"If there is no compelling reason, I'm in favor of leaving things the way they are."

Study underway on dam

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Environmental scientist Nate Hoffman provided a review of the $200,000 study now underway addressing potential removal of Wehr's Dam and restoration of the Jordan Creek in Covered Bridge Park, South Whitehall.

At the Oct. 9 meeting at the recreation center near the dam, Hoffman, project manager of the study, reported an underwater inspection of the dam has been conducted, and a topographic survey has begun on 3,100 feet of the stream from the S-Turn to a point west of the Pennsylvania Turnpike crossing.