Parkland Press

Monday, June 18, 2018

Fresh food coming to Dorney

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Visitors to Dorney Park will have some new food options and an improved venue for dining next season at the Tidal Wave Cafe.

The project will get underway soon on the main midway between the water park and the traditional section of amusement rides and other attractions.

At a recent South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Mike Fehnel, vice president and general manager of Dorney Park, spoke about the venture.

“We’re going to make fresh foods,” Fehnel said. “We’ll have rotisserie chicken, hand-breaded shrimp and a macaroni and cheese bar.”

Pastor Moore to be honored at Union Lutheran Church

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Rev. Dennis W. Moore will be recognized as pastor emeritus of Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, during the 9 a.m. Oct. 29 worship service.

The event will be a celebration of Moore’s 20 years of service to the church, as well as a special occasion commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Interim pastor, the Rev. Mark Swanson, will officiate at the service and Moore will preach the sermon. A huge chocolate party celebration will follow.

Hockey thrives in Vistas Park

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Andrew Schantz, representing the South Parkland Youth Association, thanked South Whitehall commissioners for their support of the field hockey program.

Schantz noted the field at Vistas Park, near St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, is designated for field hockey.

“The program has grown to over 100 girls, and many coaches are involved,” Schantz said.

At a recent meeting, commissioners approved installation of an 8-foot by 10-foot vinyl storage shed for hockey equipment at the park.

Board OKs Project Lifesaver

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners recently authorized the township police department to participate in the Project Lifesaver program and to take actions necessary for its implementation.

Project Lifesaver is a nonprofit, public safety organization that uses technology and wristband transmitters to locate wandering children or adults.

Patrol Officer Michelle Geiger commented on Project Lifesaver at the board’s Sept. 20 meeting.

“This is a program designed for patients with cognitive dysfunctions such as autism or Alzheimer’s,” Geiger said.

School district stats released

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

With the start of the 2017-18 term, 9,400 students are enrolled in Parkland School District.

Their education is provided through the efforts of 633 professional staff, 655 support personnel and 63 administrators.

In late August, the district provided six days of orientation for new staff.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the purpose for the sessions.

“We set the climate and culture for Parkland for the new school term,” Sniscak said. “This orientation isn’t done in most school districts.”

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: St. John’s UCC, Laurys Station, having craft fair, quilt show

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will have a craft fair and quilt show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14.

The event features crafters set up in rooms throughout the church and quilts displayed over the pews in the sanctuary.

Refreshments and homemade baked goods will be available, in addition to a Chinese auction and raffle.

The crafts are great for gifts and provide a chance to do some holiday shopping.

The quilts are not only beautiful to look at but also are available for purchase.

Call 610-262-8061 for more information.

Dorneyville Pharmacy looks upward

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Dorneyville Pharmacy, serving the public at 3300 Hamilton Blvd. since 1989, is planning to expand upward with a specially equipped lab to comply with governmental regulations.

The pharmacy compounds medications for humans and pets as prescribed by physicians and veterinarians.

Highly regulated by numerous federal agencies, the pharmacy is now directed to provide a hazard lab to prepare cancer chemotherapy medications, hormone prescriptions and some other compounds.

Food services doing better financially

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

Although the Parkland School District Food Services Department still needs support from the general fund budget, less is required each year.

At a recent meeting, the board approved $200,000 for the food services fund in 2017-18.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented.

“They need it to break even,” Sniscak said. “They are doing better. Lunch counts are up and costs are down.”

He recalled a few years ago food services needed $400,000, then the amount decreased to $300,000.

New school to feature creative commons

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

A creative commons will be a notable feature of the new Parkland elementary school planned for Upper Macungie Township.

At a recent school board meeting, Mike Kelly, of KCBA architectural firm, explained the large, flexible open space is conceived for STEAMM activities, including science, technology, engineering, arts, math and medicine.

The glass walled area will be a bright setting for performances, presentations and group studies.

The commons will overlook a secure courtyard, inaccessible to outsiders.

Kelly explained how the outside space will be protected.

Water tank maintenance bid awarded

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners recently awarded a bid of $221,381 to Corrosion Control Corporation for water tank maintenance during the next five years.

The township owns three tanks — the PPL water tower, the Brickyard Road reservoir and the Cedarbrook tank — that require annual upkeep.

Although 75 companies downloaded the bid documents, only one was received and opened.

Jerry Charvala, utilities group leader, commented on the tank maintenance.

“This is imperative for good water quality,” Charvala said. “We are proactive to address any issues with the tanks.”