Parkland Press

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Senior biker rides again

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Second Wind Dreams puts Cedarbrook resident back on the road

Second Wind Dreams recently helped Sandy Smith, 83, a resident of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center, South Whitehall, fulfill her dream of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle one more time.

Smith was asked how her ride went.

She replied “ wonderful” and gave a two-thumbs up.

Smith, who owned and rode a Harley Davidson, said she began riding motorcycles in the 1960s when she was 25.

“I was tired of holding on when my husband was driving the bike,” she said. “The last I rode before today was about 24 years ago.”

Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society fall festival

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

There were brief rain showers during the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society Fall Festival on Sept. 8 but not enough to stop the fun.

The parking lot was crowded and, at one point, word went around food was running out but that seemed to just be a rumor as fest-goers kept going through the line.

Lester Backenstoes, who brings farm equipment to the festival, brought along a homemade tractor this year.

Finding tranquility at Jordan UCC’s Peace Garden

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Some find peace in church. Some also find peace in the Peace Garden on the grounds of Jordan United Church of Christ.

The Rev. David Charles Smith, Jordan UCC’s senior pastor, said the South Whitehall Township church refurbished about 2.5 acres of its 40-acre campus about 12 years ago for the garden.

Today, recently ordained Pastor Virginia Schlegel of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Whitehall Township, is leading the charge to maintain it.

County executive presents 2019 budget proposal

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners, officials and residents received their first look at the proposed budget for 2019 Aug. 31 when County Executive Phillips Armstrong presented his first budget since assuming office.

After a visual presentation of supporting charts and documents, Armstrong gave the hefty 488-page “on-time’ budget to Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty.

To make the proposed $506.1 million budget (themed “Back to the Future”) balance, Armstrong resurrected the 2015 millage rate of 3.79 to meet the needs of the future.

Mt. Zion Summerfest benefits Northwestern Lehigh student Wyatt Newhard

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Proceeds from the Summerfest at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, will benefit Wyatt Newhard, a Northwestern Lehigh student.

He has been fighting neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, since he was 3 years old.

A row of game stands went up one side of the festival field along with a flea market, but the first thing people saw was the bouncy house which gives kids some joyful exercise.

One family had stopped by a dog rescue before coming to Summerfest. The dog they chose was a Yorkie, which they said will probably be named, Avery.

Rookie South Whitehall police officer loses job

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police Officer Jonathan R. Roselle, 33, who was charged last month with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., man has lost his job.

Township Manager Renee Bickel in a telephone call with The Press on Sept. 10 said Roselle’s employment was discontinued on Sept. 6 during his probationary period.

She said Roselle’s annual salary was $62,920.

School district sets goals

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

With the start of the 2018-19 school term, Parkland School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman presented the board a review of district goals.

Many are ongoing; some have been completed and others are new.

He said as full-day kindergarten is now in its third year, district staff are working toward the goal of all students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Troutman stated integration of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) will continue in kindergarten through grade 12 curricula.

Lehigh County

Friday, September 7, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Voting machine

The Lehigh County Elections and Voter Registration Office invites residents to attend demonstrations of the next generation of voting machines.

This three-day event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11, 12 and 13 at the Lehigh County Government Center Public Hearing Room, 17 S. 7th St., Allentown, with the following schedule:

•Election Systems and Software: 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 11

•Clear Ballot: 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11

•Unisyn Voting Solutions: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 12

•Dominion Voting: 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13