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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.

Dogs menace neighborhood

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

South Whitehall residents Lisa Schadt and Mark Miner told South Whitehall commissioners unleashed pit bulls have been causing fear among children, adults and pets in their neighborhood, just south of the Troxell school building.

At the Dec. 3 commissioners meeting, Schadt, who runs the Manito Equestrian Center, 2160 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., said the dogs have developed a pack mentality as they escape through the fence or gate of an adjacent home and prowl through the surrounding region.

North Whitehall Township

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Churches to present holiday concerts

Parkland High School chorale and Women's Ensemble will present a holiday concert 7 p.m. on Dec. 14, at Union United Church of Christ, Neffs.

Come and enjoy good cheer and the holiday spirit in the beautifully decorated sanctuary.

The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Union UCC will have an advent celebration on Dec. 7 after the 10:30 a.m. service. Brunch will be served, plus there will be Christmas cookies to share and an opportunity to decorate a gingerbread man.

Call 610-767-6971 to learn more about this afternoon of food, friendship and fun.

South Whitehall residents face first tax increase in 26 years

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Through a series of budget preparation meetings this fall, South Whitehall administrators and commissioners have determined a tax increase will be necessary to balance the 2015 budget.

The township has prided itself on being able to avoid increasing taxes since 1989, but costs have been rising while revenue remained the same or even less due to inflation.

Director of Administration Howard Kutzler commented on the increase at the Nov. 19 meeting.

Board approves artificial turf

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board has voted 5-4 to proceed with installation of artificial turf on the field at the high school used for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse.

Board members Robert Cohen, Mark Hanichak, Barry Long, Roberta Marcus, and Jef Reyburn voted for the $1.5 million undertaking during the Nov. 18 meeting.

Fellow board members Lisa Adams, Bob Bold, David Hein, and David Kennedy voted against the artificial turf.

Robert Thornburg to retire in June 2015

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

Parkland School District Director of Student Services Robert Thornburg will be retiring after a 36-year career in education, effective June 30, 2015.

"This will create a huge void in the Parkland School District," District Superintendent Richard Sniscak said, at the Oct. 28 board meeting. "Rob always has a smile on his face."

Board member David Kennedy offered comments on Thornburg's services to Parkland students.

North Whitehall Township

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Churches offering Thanksgiving Eve services on Nov. 26

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will host a community Thanksgiving service 7 p.m. Nov. 26.

Refreshments will be served afterward in Memorial Hall.

The offering will be directed to the food bank administered by Agape Fellowship Church, Schnecksville.


St. John's United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will have a Thanksgiving Eve service 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26.

Pastor James Gott-wald has planned grief support workshops at St. John's UCC at 9 a.m. on Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7.