Parkland Press

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tour offers gardener’s paradise

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT AND JULIA FRITZ ; JFRITZ@TNONLINE.COM in Local News

Luscious greenery, dazzling day lilies, fragrant flowers and shrubs, peaceful waterfalls, koi ponds, birdbaths and birdhouses, decorative decorations and arbors awaited visitors attending the Parkland Garden Club’s 19th annual garden tour.

“Strolling through a Gardener’s Paradise” featured eight gardens, a creative demonstration, display of Japanese embroidery and silent auction.

Visitors touring the gardens were also treated to snacks and beverages.

The garden at the home of Christopher and Monica Baumer of Allentown began in 2009 and was completed in 2015.

GoFundMe account started for woman hurt by fireworks

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by KELLEY ANDRADE in Local News

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the Lehighton woman recently injured in an explosion at a Slatington fireworks factory.

Celebration Fireworks Inc. owner and President, John Kemps, of Emmaus, created the page to help cover the hundreds of thousands of dollars that will be needed for Kristina Steets’ operations and recovery.

Since the site’s creation, $17,510 has been reached of the $100,000 goal, which includes a $5,000 donation from Celebration Fireworks.


Thursday, July 20, 2017 by The Press in Local News


·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.

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.

Lehigh County provides option for proper disposal of worn flags

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by The Press in Local News

In partnership with the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriffs Association, Lehigh County has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, in the lobbies of the County Government Center, Courthouse and at Cedarbrook, South Whitehall, and Fountain Hill.

Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.

The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it.

County board doles out casino funds

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County Capital Plan for 2018-22, and then passed several motions to amend the bill at their July 12 meeting.

The capital plan, according to explanatory text, is a policy statement, not a budget or an appropriation.

A vote on the plan is expected July 26.

“The Capital Plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” Commissioner Michael Schware said in an interview.