Parkland Press

Friday, March 23, 2018

Yu’s mom speaks with The Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Esterly awaits extradition from Florida

Runaway teen Amy Yu, 16, has been returned to her mother, Mui T. Luu, and brother, John Yu, in Allentown.

Yu ran away on March 5 with Kevin Esterly, 45, of Lowhill Township.

He is awaiting extradition back to Allentown from Miami, Fla.

Luu spoke to The Press at her home on March 19 about her daughter’s return.

Her minister sat close by during the interview.

“I am very happy she is home safe and I know where she is,” Luu said.

“John is very happy Amy is back home.”

Luu said Yu was brought home by Allentown police 4 a.m. on March 18.

Allentown Police Chief Dorney to lead S. Whitehall department

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Police Chief Glen Dorney will be leaving his position as Allentown’s top cop to take the reins of the South Whitehall Police Department.

Dorney emailed the Parkland Press on March 23.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Dorney wrote. “South Whitehall is a great community and a great department.

“I have been very impressed with the leadership in the township and the true dedication that the entire board of commissioners has. I can’t wait to get started in the township.”

Dorney said his first day with the South Whitehall Police Department will be April 9.

Road crews kept busy

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Five roadmasters, a township manager and two supervisors met March 12 to discuss public works problems and solutions during the quarterly council of governments six-township meeting.

Chief among the problems this winter was the many serious storms.

Lowhill Township Roadmaster Joe Kalusky said he is repairing equipment and doing tree trimming.

Roadmaster Kevin Huber of Heidelberg Township said the wind, rain and snow were keeping his crew busy.

Historical society given presentation on Leaser Lake

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Gloria Zimmerman, president of the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society, introduced Carl Zvanut as the speaker for the quarterly historical society meeting.

Zvanut recently spoke at a Rotary Club of Allentown West meeting, which Zimmerman attended.

She asked him to a historical society picnic and Zvanut was scheduled twice to talk at the lake but both times the event was rained out.

Zvanut brought a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate his talk at this meeting.

A retired chemical engineer, he worked for DuPont and Air Products.

Farm families honored at dinner

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Farm Family Appreciation program is held almost every year at the Union Fire Company field house in Hamburg, Berks County.

Though the program began 20 years ago, this was only the 18th dinner/dance as two were missed for various reasons, said Pastor Mary Gade of the program committee.

Doors were scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. but this night someone came to the door and called out that people should fill up the spaces at the tables because there were so many attending.

Firearms seminar

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Local News


State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, is offering a special concealed carry seminar 6-8 p.m. March 22, at the Kutztown Grange, along South Kemp Street, Kutztown.

“This seminar is designed to inform people about the various intricacies of our state’s laws regarding firearms and how to safely interact with police when carrying a firearm,” Day said.

In addition, the presentation will include aspects of the Castle Doctrine law, which was passed a few years ago.

Guest speakers will include Berks County Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht. Doors open at 5 p.m.