Parkland Press

Thursday, April 2, 2020

NORTH WHITEHALL: Memories of Spruce Street

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

With public events at a standstill, readers might be interested in hearing some reminiscences from the past.

Our family moved to Spruce Street, Schnecksville in the 1950s. At that time, the section from Route 309 down Spruce Street to the point where what is now Hickory, was paved.

At the lower end of the street, Spruce continues to the left and Hickory to the right.

In the 1950s, from that Y onward, everything was a dirt road off to the right. The left section was paved to the Reitz potato cellar, then also became dirt.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHP: Churches cancel programs, services due to COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fogelsville, has canceled its Lenten evening prayer services through March 31.

Morning Lenten confession and prayer is scheduled until April 1 and the youth egg coloring and community Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 3 and 4 is also canceled.

Pastor Nelson Quinones may still be reached in case of any emergencies by calling the church office.

For any type of assistance (groceries, errands, etc.), do not hesitate to call the office.

There are several church members willing to help. For information, call 610-395-5535.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Some events still planned

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

At this point in time, despite coronavirus concerns, it is expected the Miller-Keystone Blood Mobile will be set up at The Neffs National Bank 1-5 p.m. April 3.

Sign up ahead of time by calling a bank representative at 610-224-4264.


The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, is planning on having an Easter bread (Paska) fundraiser. Loaves will be available with or without raisins, in small or large sizes.

Call Julie at 610-262-7749 by April 3 to order for pickup on April 10.


UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Various community Easter events offered April 4 for kids

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township is offering a free Easter Bunny Scramble (egg hunt) for children ages 12 and younger 10:30 a.m. on April 4 at Lone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Children must be registered to receive prizes and giveaways.

There will be music, light concession foods, giveaways and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

To register or for more information, go to or call 610-395-4892.


NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Area churches offering Lenten events throughout the season

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, announces “All Are Welcome!” to Lenten soup and bread dinner on March 11, 18, 25, and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on April 1 in the Family Life Center.

Worship will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Pastor Gordon Camp will use the Holden Village Evening Prayer service along with stories of temptation for these weekly worship times.

The Journeymen group of Union Lutheran will have a chili cook-off 11:30 a.m. March 15.

Prizes will be awarded for the favorite chili recipes entered in the contest.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Churches prepare for Lent

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

On Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 25, Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will host a free pancake supper with the menu including not only pancakes, but sausage, applesauce and fastnachts as well.

Youth of the church will help serve the meal which begins at 6 p.m.

Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a time for merry making and eating before the penitential season of Lent.

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, all are welcome to stop by the church office during the day for ashes and a blessing from the pastors.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Area churches respond to world, national crises

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will observe blanket Sundays Feb. 9, 16 and 23.

Donations from the Neffs congregation and others throughout the United States are forwarded to Church World Service which supplies blankets to families affected by severe weather events, homelessness and poverty.

Recipients can use the blanket to keep warm or as a soft padding to sleep on hard surfaces.

Sometimes, they hang the blankets as room dividers for privacy in emergency shelters.

Other individuals use the blankets to carry items as they move from place to place.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Good Will Fire Company cooking breakfast Feb. 9

Friday, January 31, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, will be cooking up breakfast from 8 a.m. from 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Meal includes two eggs cooked to order, one to three pancakes, two choices of meats — sausage, ham, bacon or mackerel — toast, coffee, orange juice and water.


Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall, is hosting a take your child to the library day for all ages 10 a.m. Feb. 1.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Union UCC collects food for starving people in Africa

Friday, January 24, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, hosted Feed My Starving Children of the Lehigh Valley for a meal-packing event before the winter holidays.

Organizer Eliot Lightner commented on the effort.

“This year’s event was huge,” Lightner said. “We packed over 100,000 meals again, and now they are on their way.

“This time they have two destinations.”

He noted 69,984 meals are going to Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, to be distributed through the Global Aid Network known as GAIN.

UPPER MACUNGIE: St. John’s Lutheran Church offering free community dinner

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., Fogelsville, is hosting a free community dinner 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17.

The meal includes chicken potpie, applesauce, salad, dessert and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call the church office at 610-395-5535.


Parkland Library is offering a “Growing Adventurous Eaters” class for adults with registered dietitian Kim Slack of On Your Table from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18.