Parkland Press

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Board to meet with Purina

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

During the public comment section of the Sept. 4 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Dan Spiegel of Antler Court urged the board to ask the Nestle Purina pet food plant to eliminate unpleasant odors from wastewater.

Spiegel reported one evening when he turned off his air conditioner and opened the windows, the smell hit him with a potent “wham.”

He also told the board he has been engaged in a dialogue with Winston Silva, general manager of the facility, for two years.

Secretary of state gives county voting machine money

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Pennsylvania recently gave Lehigh County election officials a check for $380,868 to apply toward the cost of new voting machines.

Secretary of State Kathleen Boockvar presented an oversized check to county Executive Phillips Armstrong during a short ceremony Sept. 12 in the Administration Building, Allentown.

Boockvar said the check is part of $14.15 million comprised of state and federal funding the state set aside in 2018 for distribution to counties for new voting systems.

Wehr’s Dam repair cost increases

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

In the November 2016 general election, South Whitehall voters approved a $600,000 increase in township debt to restore and maintain Wehr’s Dam.

At the Sept. 4, 2019, commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reported the cost could approach $1 million.

He said Michael Baker International prepared an engineering report which the township submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection dam safety division.

Seniors feast on ice cream at library social

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

September is senior month at the Parkland Library.

The first program or introduction to this special senior month was an ice cream social on Sept. 3.

Check the September library schedule and find many appealing programs including: Preparing for Home and Life Transitions, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20, the topic presented will be The Joyful Managed Move.

There will also be a contest with a prize for a lucky senior of two tickets to see the Best of Broadway at Miller Hall on Oct. 12.

Just attend any senior program this month or stop by on a Saturday to enter.

St. Luke’s VIA Marathon results

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The 2019 St. Luke’s VIA Marathon was run on a beautiful Sept. 8 with more than 3,000 runners participating in the full marathon, half-marathon and relay categories.

Starting at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown the 26.2 mile race followed the D&L Trail to Bethlehem, where it looped through the city back to the D&L trail and continued to the finish line in Easton. Half the runners began their race on Main Street in Bethlehem.

Top finishers were:


Sean Grossman (23) 2:28:15, Matt Gillette (28) 2:34:10, Ian Walsh (33) 2:37:18,


Ross Plants and Flowers opens new store

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Monica Yurconic-Groff, owner of Ross Plants and Flowers, Orefield, recently celebrated her new store opening at 7525 Tilghman St., in the Fogelsville area, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Customers, friends and family filled the new store to welcome Ross Plants and Flowers to the area.

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, joined the celebration to welcome the expansion into his district.

Free Narcan distribution on Sept. 25

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Allentown Health Bureau and Lehigh County state health centers will provide free naloxone as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Stop Overdoses in PA initiative.

The naloxone distribution is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25, as long as supplies last.

In the Lehigh Valley, the event will take place at: Allentown Health Bureau, 245 N. 6th St., Allentown, and Lehigh County State Health Center, 3730 Lehigh St., Suite 206, Whitehall.

Granitz named Allentown’s interim police chief

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Speaking before a crowded room, Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell announced the appointment of Capt. Glenn E. Granitz Jr. as the city’s interim police chief.

Mayor O’Connell began his speech by stating, “Seventeen months ago, when I took this job as the interim mayor of the City of Allentown, one of the first tasks I had was the selection of a new police chief,” O’Connell said. “Glen Dorney was retiring from the city heading to South Whitehall Township, so the department needed a new police chief. I selected Tony Alsleben.”

O’Connell then noted Alsleben was an excellent chief.