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Athletic fields are damaged at high school

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Several Parkland High School athletic fields were damaged recently after a vehicle was driven over them following a heavy rain.

The grassy spaces were mutilated sometime between 8 p.m. June 23, and 8 a.m. the following day.

At the June 27 meeting, District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported the fields have ruts where the tires sank into the surface softened by the deluge.

He said the grounds will need topsoil and reseeding and must not be used until restoration has been accomplished.

Senior discount for cable

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The new franchise agreement between South Whitehall and Service Electric Cable TV includes a discount for senior citizens and veterans who qualify.

At a recent meeting, township Solicitor Christopher McLean explained the two entities started talking two years ago about renewal of the franchise.

He recalled at that time, a meeting was held to receive public comment, and the major request from residents was a senior discount.

Tim Himmelwright, communications and public affairs manager for the cable company, offered comment.

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP Upper Lehigh Lions Craft Fair this weekend in Neffs grove

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Upper Lehigh Lions Club will stage its annual Roar with the Lions Festival and Craft Fair this weekend in the Union United Church of Christ grove in Neffs.

The event gets underway July 28 when the food stands open 4 p.m.

Crazy Hearts will entertain 7-10 p.m. Refreshment stands will remain open all evening.

Breakfast will be available 8-11 a.m. on July 29. Food will be served the entire day and evening till 10 p.m.

Crafts in the Grove will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

No space for truck parking

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

After more than a year of scrutinizing township streets in search of parking spaces for oversize vehicles, commissioners have not been able to find anything suitable.

The issue arose quite some time ago when a township resident was having difficulty finding a place to park his truck without raising objections from neighbors or nearby businesses.

At the June 21 meeting, Board of Commissioners President Tori Morgan commented on the matter.

“Our hope was to come up with some parking for oversize vehicles,” Morgan said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t come up with much.”

Little pantry at church offers free foodstuffs

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, has set up a small pantry at its main entrance this spring as a way to reach out to people who need food and other basic supplies in an emergency.

Interim Pastor Mark Swanson commented on the pantry.

“This is something to sustain life until they can get something more substantial,” Swanson said.

Built by The Journeymen with help from some Eagle Scouts, the pantry consists of a small cabinet with a door which is always unlocked.

S.W. board responds to requests

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners responded, during their July 5 meeting, to requests from residents on personal concerns.

Stephen Perun reported he purchased a house at 1128 N. 26th St. in March with the intention of converting the furnace from oil to natural gas.

After confirming the existence of a gas line in the street, Perun applied to the township for a permit to make the connection to his house.

Perun said a township official told him the permit was denied because the street was paved in 2015 and there is a moratorium on any road work until 2020.

Low return on group lawsuit

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District will submit a claim form in the class action lawsuit, Albert Gallatin Area School District et al v. The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County.

However, the district’s reimbursement will be disappointingly small.

At the June 27 meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported Parkland paid $71,755 to the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School but will receive only $523 in the class action settlement.

Board member Rob Cohen, who opposes payments to cyber schools, commented on the issue.

Mom asks board to OK pro-life club

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Monica Atlas has asked the Parkland School Board to reconsider a request from students for a pro-life club at the high school.

“It would be good for kids who want to get together to discuss the culture of life,” Atlas told the board.

She noted one of her children just graduated from Parkland, and another one is going to be attending in the future.

During the past school year, a group of students submitted a proposal to start a pro-life club, but the request was denied by district officials.

Turtles could bog down plans

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District will be searching for bog turtles and web-footed toads in a wetland area near the location of the proposed new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township.

At the June 20 meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak explained the need for a fauna study at the site.

“Because road widening at Schantz Road will infringe on wetlands, we need to look for the bog turtles and web-footed toads,” Sniscak said. “If these are discovered, we have to construct a new habitat for them somewhere else.”


Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

NORTH WHITEHALL: Agape Church to have flea market

Agape New Testament Fellowship Church, 5229 Route 873, Schnecksville, is having a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30, and from 8 a.m.-noon July 1.

There will be an assortment of items for sale, including clothing and refreshments.

Proceeds will benefit youth ministries.

Agape Church invites young people ages 11-19 to a VBS camp out 6 p.m. July 14 to 10 a.m. July 15.

Attendees will share time together for breakfast.

The theme, “God is Not Dead,” includes teaching, games, crafts, snacks, a rock-a-thon, and a movie.