Harold Reitz has retired after 61 years of service to the Heintzelman Funeral Home.
During that time, he was involved in nearly every aspect of the business and was recognized by many as he stopped traffic in the middle of Route 309 for visitors to cross from the parking lot to the Schnecksville funeral home.
In addition to his career with Heintzelman’s, Reitz has participated in many public events as PITSTOP the clown and other costumed characters. He plans to continue that hobby.
South Whitehall commissioners have approved construction of two basketball courts in Covered Bridge Park at a cost of $50,000.
The new items will replace volleyball courts at the athletic field entrance to the park along River Road.
Director of township operations Randy Cope commented on the plan.
“Volleyball courts were grossly underutilized, so we will turn this area into a facility that can be programmed with leagues, clinics, and small tournaments,” Cope said. “The township has electricity in place should lights ever be added to the courts.”
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, 4750 West Tilghman St., will be undergoing a renovation to the building as well as improvements to the parking lot.
Located on an 8.5-acre site, the property consists of a single floor, 69,528-square-foot commercial building with 200 existing parking spaces.
The building is located on the south side of Tilghman Street, west of the Tilghman Square shopping center.
The owners propose to install new exterior finishes and new retail spaces under an existing canopy area.
The plan includes a new entrance vestibule for a future store tenant.
Parkland School Board has granted preliminary approval to the $179,394,218 budget for 2018-19.
The real estate tax rate will be 15.42 mills, 0.29 mill higher than the previous term, an increase of 1.92 percent.
For every $100,000 of assessed value, the property owner will pay an additional 29 dollars.
Taxes for a property at the district average residential assessed value of $226,989 will go up $65.83.
To balance the budget, the district will appropriate $6.5 million of the Parkland Fund Balance to the general fund and $500,000 to the capital reserve fund.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted conditional use approval to the Black Creek Group of Rutherford, N.J., for three warehouses totaling 898,800 square feet along Crackersport and Eck roads.
The complex is situated on 90 acres all together
The applicant proposes consolidating eight lots and removing dwellings and other structures on a 56.7-acre section for the largest warehouse at 640,000 square feet.
There will be 343 parking spaces, 140 dock spaces, 48 oversized parking spaces, 160 trailer parking spaces and stormwater management facilities.
Site work for the new elementary school along Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road in Upper Macungie Township began May 10.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak told The Press environmental controls had to be taken care of first to prepare the site.
Then, stone driveways were put in place for use by construction vehicles.
Construction manager Alvin H. Butz is overseeing the contractors throughout the project.
Livengood is doing the earthwork. The company was awarded the job with its bid of $4.47 million.
Lehigh County has offered a gift of land to South Whitehall Township at Covered Bridge Park upstream from Wehr’s Dam on the north side of the stream.
Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports the county and South Whitehall purchased the 24-acre parcel jointly in 1994 at a cost of $175,000.
Since then, the township has maintained the property, although ownership continued at 50-50 for the two entities.
Cope explained the section of land is included in the Covered Bridge Park master plan.
Upper Lehigh Lions will be serving up barbecued chicken dinners from noon to 6 p.m. June 2 in the Schnecksville Fire Co. pavilion.
Meal includes chicken, baked potato, pickled cabbage, roll and beverage. Bake sale items will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit community projects.
Call 610-398-2619 for tickets. Walk-ins are welcome.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, welcomes children of the community to Vacation Bible School.
The VBS, themed “Shipwrecked: Rescued By Jesus,” will take place June 18-22.
The Parkland Education Association recently honored its first Friend of Education — Robert E. Bold.
The honor was bestowed at a dinner of the Lehigh-Northampton Counties local association of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Bold has been a member of the Parkland School Board since 1999.
He served as president of the board five terms and vice- president three terms.
He leads the Buildings and Grounds Committee and is the legislative liaison for Region 8. He was a founding school board representative to the Parkland Education Foundation for six years.
Parkland Manor Vice President David Harte, a retirement facility underway at the former West End Racquetball Club, asked South Whitehall commissioners to approve additional rooms for the venture.
Harte reported, during the April 18 meeting, market studies indicate more single occupancy rooms, than the architect had originally proposed, are recommended.
“We have a big demand for private occupancy rooms,” Harte told the board. “That’s the demand in the market place.
“We’ll have the same number of people.