Parkland Press

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Adults play games at library

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

During the afternoon of the third Friday of every month, adults get together to play some classic and not-so-classic games at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.

Some games are older and tried and true, such as Scrabble, and some are new, like the one played on May 17.

The games change every month, as participants are encouraged to bring games to share that they enjoy.

During the May game gathering, the group chose to play, Qwixx, a quick playing dice game brought in by Sharon Kralick.


Thursday, July 11, 2019 by The Press in Local News


·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.

·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.

S. Whitehall amends parks and rec ordinance

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners approved an ordinance at their June 19 meeting to provide simplified rules for township parks and recreation areas, and for special events.

Director of Operations Randy Cope said the measure, which clarifies regulations, was “a long time coming.”

The ordinance will be easier for the public to understand and for staff to enforce, Cope explained.

According to the rules, all parks and recreation areas are open dawn to dusk everyday, with an exception for fishermen who are allowed to fish 24 hours per day.

IRT pavilion dedicated in North Whitehall

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Supporters and members of the Ironton Rail Trail Commission, along with North Whitehall Township supervisors, dedicated the new pavilion at the IRT trailhead on June 9.

The new pavilion, near the North Whitehall Township building, 3256 Levans Road, North Whitehall, adds an excellent kickoff point to the Western end of the IRT.

According to Ray Bieak, secretary of the IRT Commission, counters on the trail showed close to 110,000 users on the trail in 2018.

He added that as of end of May, trail use is on track to accommodate 250,000 users in 2019.

Parkland students win Smokey Bear poster contest

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by BARBARA CAMPBELL in Local News

Avleen Khinda, from Fogelsville Elementary School, took first place for fourth graders in the state for her poster of Smokey Bear.

Gaurika Devrani, a student at Cetronia Elementary, won first place for first graders.

Their posters will go to the Central Atlantic Region which includes Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, National Capital Area, and New York for further judging.

From there, the winning posters will go to the national contest.

Children from first grade through fifth grade are invited to participate in the contest.

North Whitehall 4-Hers compete in state livestock skill-a-thon

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Two local youth were among 4-Hers from across the state who participated in several animal science knowledge contests May 11 at Penn State’s University Park campus, State College.

4-Hers, Samuel and Levi Lazarus, of North Whitehall, placed 25 and 40, respectively.

They are both members of the Livestock Club.

The primary objective of the Livestock Skill-a-thon contest is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H to demonstrate their knowledge of livestock-related subject matter.

Youngest students to receive iPads

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District’s one-to-one initiative will reach fulfillment in the 2019-20 term with the purchase of iPads for students in kindergarten and first grade at a cost of $332,305.

At a recent school board meeting, Kelly Rosario, director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development, explained the three-year plan to provide every student with an electronic device started at the middle school level in 2017-18.

High schoolers were supplied in 2018-19, and elementary in 2019-20.

Children attending cancer camp smile at all the fun they have

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley welcomed Lehigh Valley youngsters to its annual Camp Smile June 17 to June 21 at Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

The PCFLV supports children with cancer and their families “with love, hope and smiles.” The free camp engages the youngsters with art, theater, sports, swimming and special guests.

At this year’s camp, each of the 52 campers worked with counselors allowing a nearly one-to-one engagement.

The week ended with each group of campers presenting a play for their parents, families and friends.