Parkland Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Ridge Farm hearing postponed

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The South Whitehall planning commission meeting scheduled for July 19 in the Parkland High School auditorium to discuss conditional use review of the portion of Ridge Farm, east of Cedar Crest Boulevard has been postponed.

Gregg Adams, planner from the township Department of Community Development, reports the applicant, Kay Builders, requested to have the meeting postponed.

The section of the development under consideration is comprised of 661 dwelling units in the Traditional Neighborhood Design Residential Cluster Overlay district on approximately 129 acres.

‘Voices of Mobile’ perform at Lighthouse Baptist

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Voices of Mobile, a 15-member gospel concert group, traveled from the campus of the University of Mobile, Ala., on its way to Carnegie Hall.

Along the way, the group stopped at churches — including Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, on June 14 — to present gospel concerts

The school, which members of Voices of Mobile attend, offers Master’s degrees in music, piano and voice. The musical group heads out to churches, mostly in the southeastern United States, every weekend during the school year and sings during morning worship and again in the evening.

Veterans benefit from Mt. Zion Lutheran Church donations

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, in the harvest we all share, God’s will be done. (From the hymn “For the Fruit of all Creation”)

Jeff Wetzel of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, thought of a new way to honor mothers on Mother’s Day and fathers on Father’s Day.

Why not collect food during that period to give to Veterans Making a Difference at the Paul R. Gordon Veterans Social Center, Reading, he thought to himself.

Seniors explore books at Luther Crest

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Once a month, on the second Tuesday around 3 p.m., Parkland Community Library Senior Book Club meets at Luther Crest retirement community, South Whitehall Township.

On June 12, there were 11 women who met to discuss “Olive Kitteridge,” by Elizabeth Strout.

Lisa Cawley, library reference assistant, led the discussion.

A lively discussion ensued as some loved the book and one lady did not like the book at all.

About half the group members live at Luther Crest.

Ducks, geese find new home in condominium pond

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Ten ducklings and two Toulouse geese have found a new home in the pond at Cross Keys Condominiums, Ponds Edge Lane, Upper Macungie Township.

The ducklings were released into the pond during a duck and doughnut event June 30 at the condominiums.

Gary Fritz, secretary for the Cross Keys Condominium Association, said the pond had deteriorated but it is the highlight of the condominium development.

The 32-unit development started in 1988.

With reserve funds, the condominium association had the pond restored by Season After Season in Easton.

Manito students compete in first therapeutic riders division horse show

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Four student riders of Manito Life Center, 2160 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall, attended their first Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show May 26 at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Malvern.

The four riders were: Richard Klingensmith, 12, of Center Valley; Sara Miller, 16, of Coopersburg; Victoria Bilyk-Sequine, 16, of Fountain Hill, and Mackenzie Eisenhart, 23, of Emmaus.

The show team took home four, first-place and second-place awards; and two third-place and sixth-place awards, said Lisa Schadt, president of Manito.

School board OK’s 2018-19 budget

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board has granted unanimous final approval to the $179,349,218 budget for 2018-19 at its June 26 meeting.

The real estate tax rate is 15.42 mills, 0.29 mill higher than the previous term, an increase of 1.92 percent.

For every $100,000 of assessed value, the property owner will pay an additional $29.

Taxes for a property at the district average residential assessed value of $226,989 increase $65.83, for a total obligation of $3,500.17.

Allentown recycling is only for city taxpayers

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Allentown’s recycling program is only for City of Allentown taxpayers.

In May, the City of Allentown announced a change in the electronics recycling program for the recycling of televisions, computers, printers and other electronics for residents of the city.

The recycling is only for City of Allentown residents.

ONLY Allentown residents should call the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste at 610-437-8729 or visit under electronics-additional information to request an appointment.