South Whitehall commissioners have approved the purchase of new vehicles for the volunteer fire company chiefs at a total cost of $265,195.
The amount includes payoff of the balance at Woodlawn Fire Company for the Chevrolet Tahoe purchased last year for use by Chief James Kutz.
At Cetronia Fire Company, a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe will be obtained to replace the 2011 model in use now.
This will be driven by Chief Jay Heicklen.
A 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe will replace the existing 2012 model used by Chief Andrew Garger at Greenawalds Fire Company.
Two new K-9s recently traveled from Holland to join the South Whitehall Township Police Department. They will be training until the end of October.
“Then, they will hit the streets,” Police Chief Glen Dorney explained.
Kyra, a 17-month-old Dutch Shepherd, specializes in explosive detection. Drax, a 19-month-old Belgian Malinois, is specifically trained for narcotics detection.
Both K-9s will also be used in patrol work, tracking and apprehension.
Representatives of the proposed Ridge Farm development requested eight waivers from the South Whitehall planning commission at the Sept. 11 meeting at Springhouse Middle School.
Although the project covers both the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard, the waivers relate to the portion on the northeast corner along Cedar Crest Boulevard between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.
According to the public notice for the development, 713 dwelling units, commercial buildings, a club house, dog park and village plaza are proposed for approximately 129 acres.
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, announces Sunday worship times are now at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. A variety of music will be offered at each service.
Christian education hour is 9:30 a.m. each Sunday for all ages.
The catechetical program begins Sept. 25.
A contemporary worship service will be offered 6 p.m. Sept. 22. The service will feature the group SWIM, with Bobby Siegfried leading the music along with youth musicians.
Parkland Safety Administrator Dr. Anthony Naradko provided a school safety and security update to the board at a recent meeting.
He reported Pennsylvania Act 44, which took effect in June, specifies active assailant protocol for employees to follow and lists the school safety coordinator’s responsibilities.
Naradko noted Parkland has had a safety coordinator for five years and is already doing most of the requirements spelled out in Act 44.
He said the active assailant protocol, however, introduces new training with the key words “Run, Hide, Fight.”
Pastor Adam Kern, of The Vine Church, which meets at the Schnecksville Grange, 5322 Route 873, has announced several forthcoming endeavors for the organization.
“We are rolling out a new children’s ministry and revamping the area downstairs,” Kern said.
“We’re transforming the basement where kids will want to come.
“And, we have a new director of children’s ministry with a background in education.”
The first children’s church lesson will be on Sept. 16.
Sixteen high schoolers and five leaders from Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, traveled to Houston this summer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America National Youth Gathering.
They joined more than 30,000 other young people and leaders from around the country at the event held in the NRG Stadium.
Worship was led by the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Bishop of the ELCA.
The contemporary Christian group, 10th Avenue North, performed in concert.
With the start of the 2018-19 school term, Parkland School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman presented the board a review of district goals.
Many are ongoing; some have been completed and others are new.
He said as full-day kindergarten is now in its third year, district staff are working toward the goal of all students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Troutman stated integration of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) will continue in kindergarten through grade 12 curricula.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, kicks off the new church year with a chicken barbecue from 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 for those eating in and until 7 p.m. for those taking out their meal.
Adult meal includes half a chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, lettuce with bacon dressing, beverage and dessert.
The kids meal has two drumsticks, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, cookie and beverage.
Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved in advance by calling 610-262-8061.
South Whitehall Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports 415 children participated in this summer’s playground program, 75 more than last year.
Locations were set up at the Cetronia, Kratzer, and Parkway Manor elementary schools and were guided by South Whitehall Recreation Program Specialist Page Durflinger and 30 counselors, mostly college students.
Group trips were taken to an IronPigs game, a trampoline park and Beltzville State Park for a fossil hunt.