Parkland Press

Thursday, July 9, 2020

UPPER MACUNGIE: Lehigh Valley Zoo reopens

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, has reopened.

Admission tickets must be purchased in advance at

Timed reservations are being used to limit capacity and to allow plenty of room for guests and groups to enjoy the zoo at their leisure while adhering to social distancing protocols.

Print tickets if possible. If you cannot print the tickets, make sure the ticket file is downloaded and open on the cellphone when you are lined up for check-in, and make sure your screen is as bright as possible.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Union Lutheran’s VBS will be online

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, reports this summer’s Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School program will be chugging online right into peoples homes.

Social distancing will not close down the tracks as Jesus’ power “pulls us through.”

VBS fun and learning will be unveiled every Wednesday for five weeks, starting July 8 and concluding Aug. 5.

Each encounter will be full of action and activities.

Click on the link the church will provide for participants.

Children will see Union Lutheran friends, learn the lesson and sing and dance along with the music.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Library offering virtual programs

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, is hosting a LEGO Masters Show and Tell for kids 3-4 p.m. June 19 and 26 on Zoom.

Every Monday, staff will email participants a new LEGO challenge to be completed by the end of the week.

Participants will then have 2-3 minutes during the show-and-tell to share their creation and talk about their engineering process.

Yoga instructor Larissa Noto from The Lovely Lotus Yoga, will present Virtual Lil Yogi and Me for kids through age 4 and a parent/caregiver 9-9:30 a.m. June 22 on Zoom.

NORTH WHITEHALL: St. John’s UCC presenting virtual Vacation Bible School

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Although COVID-19 precautions have restricted public gatherings, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Laurys Station, has decided to offer Vacation Bible School to children through Zoom.

Church leaders are working to have everything ready to go for virtual transmission of VBS 10 a.m. to noon. June 15-19.

Activities and stories will then be available anytime on the church website.

The program, “Rocky Railway — Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through, will bring fun-filled Zoom meetings to children of all ages.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Library offering virtual programs

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, is hosting an Internet Safety Series on Facebook for teens and adults noon to 12:15 p.m. June 9, 16 and 23.

Participants will learn helpful tips and resources to keep them connected and protected online.

The library is offering a “Growing Adventurous Eater’s” Zoom class for adults with Registered Dietitian Kim Slack of On Your Table from 8-9 p.m. June 9.

Learn tips to turn dinnertime with children into a peaceful time while enjoying a variety of foods.

NORTH WHITEHALL: New music director at Union Lutheran Church

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Susan Frickert has been selected as the new director of music at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville.

Her previous position was at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Nazareth.

Frickert, who has more than 20 years experience in music ministry, has accompanied and directed choirs, and has worked with Lehigh University’s music department and students on major choral works.

At Union Lutheran, she will direct the Union Chorale, the Praise Band, Bell Choir and the children’s choir.

She also will work with Pastor Gordon Camp to prepare music for weekly worship.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Upper Lehigh Lions Club cancels festival, craft show

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Upper Lehigh Lions Club has canceled its annual Roar With the Lions Festival and Craft Show originally scheduled for July 24 and 25 in the Neffs Union Church grove.

Lion Tom Kern reported the action was taken as a precaution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival has been rescheduled to July 30 and 31, 2021.

Kern said the Schnecktucky Derby is postponed until Aug. 29.

“Hopefully we can do it then,” Kern said.

The chicken barbecue also has been canceled.

The Lions are meeting via Zoom.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Zoo offering virtual programs for families

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, will be holding its first ever virtual 1K-9 Dog Walk on May 9.

They are asking members of the community to bring their dogs and leashes for an enjoyable morning of exercise around their neighborhood, while they support the zoo.

By purchasing a per-person ticket for this event, participants will be directly supporting the conservation efforts at the zoo.

Ticket holders will also be able to pick up a goodie bag containing an adult zoo ticket and lots of doggy themed goodies upon re-opening of the zoo.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Library offering virtual programs

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, is introducing a mental health self-care series noon to 12:15 p.m. May 8, 15 and 22.

During May, the library will post videos, resources and other information every Friday on Facebook.

Crafternoons with Miss Mary will be offered 3-3:30 p.m. Fridays on Facebook through May 29.

Miss Mary will show how to make a fun craft with materials already in the home.

Virtual story time with Miss Mary will be posted 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays on Facebook through May 28.

She will read a story and there will be singing.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Recalling North Whitehall blacksmith shops

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by The Press in Columns


Special to The Press

Everyone is familiar with the site of the abandoned gas station in Schnecksville at the intersection of Route 309 and Spruce Street.

Many years ago, a blacksmith shop operated at that location.

The late Roy J. Kern kept a record of town happenings and noted the change which occurred when automotive service became more important than blacksmithing.

Kern reported that Elmer Reitz bought the old blacksmith shop, demolished it and built a gas station on the property.