Parkland Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Laurys Station having Community Day on Sept. 16

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The seventh annual Laurys Station Community Day begins 3 p.m. Sept. 16 and culminate with fireworks in the evening.

Festivities take place at the Laurys Station Fire Company and North Whitehall Township athletic fields, 5314 Egypt Road.

Features include a variety of food, vendors, games, car show, bake sale, historical displays, Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 144 encampment, MS Walking Warriors team basket raffle, chili cook off, and photo contest.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will accept blood donations 3-7 p.m.

Fogelsville Elementary converting to gas

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s school board has taken the first step toward conversion of Fogelsville Elementary School heating system from fuel oil to natural gas.

At a recent meeting, Director of School Services David Keppel reported the action will save the district $40,000 annually, after about 3-1/2 years to recoup the initial investment.

The board approved Snyder Hoffman Associates Inc. for professional mechanical and electrical engineering services at a cost of $5,380 leading toward the conversion.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak noted the amount is only for design work.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Blues Nite Out in Neffs Grove

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

There is still another chance to enjoy two summer evenings of food, music and fellowship at Union United Church of Christ grove, Neffs.

Blues Nite Out begins Aug. 25 with the Bryant Brothers on stage at 7 p.m.

On Aug. 26, Bev Conklin and BC’s Combo Band begins entertaining at 4 p.m.

Headliner and local favorite The Sarah Ayers Band starts its program at 7 p.m.

James Supra, an award-winning blues harmonica player, will join the Sarah Ayers group.

Organizer Phil Wehr reports the talented musicians may also include some surprise guests.

Waiting to hear school costs

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

An update to the Parkland school board on the proposed elementary school in Upper Macungie Township from design professional Jamie Bortz of the architectural firm KCBA, led to inquiries about the cost.

Although the Stantec consulting firm projected a cost of $31.7 million in a study conducted in 2015-16, no current figures have been given.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak explained analysts will be able to start providing estimates when design development is completed soon.

Board member Barry Long questioned Bortz.

Horos heads contract reviews

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Lenore Horos, former South Whitehall director of finance, has taken the helm at a newly created department, “Risk Management and Contract Administration.”

At a recent commissioners’ meeting, Horos stated she looks forward to creating the department from the ground up.

“I think it’s needed and I won’t let you down,” Horos said.

She plans to take a look at all insurance policies to make certain township buildings and their contents have proper coverage.

Volunteer fire company policies will also be evaluated.

Bickel named township manager

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Renee Bickel, who started working at South Whitehall as manager of human resources six years ago, has become the new township manager.

She replaces Howard Kutzler who resigned in February.

Bickel was named assistant township manager in October 2015 and has served as interim manager since Kutzler’s departure.

Bickel oversees all departments in the township, including 106 full-time staff and 25 seasonal employees.

Before her arrival at South Whitehall, Bickel held human resources administrative positions in manufacturing, long-term care and consulting.


Thursday, August 10, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, is seeking volunteers to apply for two openings on its board of directors.

Kristie Wilk, director of administration, said the board meets once a month. If an individual serves on a special committee, that group also meets once a month.

Wilk reported Don Steffy has retired as a NOVA board member after 20 years of service.

NOVA offers the opportunity for car safety seat checks. Call ahead to schedule an appointment. NOVA personnel will examine the car seat to make sure it is installed properly.

Neighbors up in arms over motel shooting

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall residents are concerned over a recent shooting at the nearby Econo Lodge motel, 1151 Bulldog Drive.

They filled the room at the Aug. 3 board meeting and asked commissioners and police to take action to safeguard the area.

Police Chief John Christman said about five shots were fired in the July incident which also involved a pistol whipping.

He added no one was hit by the shots.

One bullet, however, reached the Lehigh Valley Home and Garden Center, 4220 Crackersport Road.

School district adopts final 2017-18 budget

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

Parkland School board granted final approval to the $172.3 million, 2017-18 budget at the June 27 meeting.

Business Manager John Vignone commented on the process.

“We’ve been talking about this for 11 and a half months,” Vignone said. “We strategized and planned not only for next year but down the road.”

Superintendent Richard Sniscak also commented.

“We strive to provide our residents with an exceptional school system,” Sniscak said.

“This board and administration are highly sensitive to raising taxes and the impact on the community.

Board OKs spending on various services

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Looking to the new school term, the Parkland board has approved various major expenditures for services and purchases to benefit students, staff and buildings.

Salaries of the administrators who will continue to lead and guide Parkland in the next school year have been established.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak will receive $177,434; Assistant Superintendent Rodney Troutman, $158,135; Director of Business Administration John Vignone, $157,256; and Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations Tracy Smith, $140,324.