Parkland Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jordan Lutheran teaches children about faith, friendship

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Jordan Lutheran Church, Snowdrift Road, Orefield, helped Christian children learn more about their faith and the role of friendship in their lives.

More than 30 children attended this year’s Vacation Bible School from July 9-13 at the church.

Children from 3 years old to fifth grade were invited to attend and volunteers were encouraged to sign up as well.

The age minimum for a volunteer was they had to be in sixth grade and it ranged all the way up to 99 years old.

Demonstrations offered on new voting machines

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Elections and Voter Registration Office is inviting the public to attend demonstrations of next generation voting machines.

The event will take place from 9 a.m.-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.-noon Sept. 11

•Clear Ballot: 1-4 p.m. Sept. 11

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

•Dominion Voting: from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 13

•Hart InterCivic: from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 13

School board OKs salaries

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Looking ahead to the new school term, the Parkland School Board has approved salaries for central administrators and the Act 93 group is comprised of 60 non-union staff in supervisory positions.

District Superintendent Richard Sniscak’s salary will be $181,870 and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman will receive $162,088 for the 2018-19, term.

Business Manager John Vignone will receive $161,187.

The Act 93 salaries include a 2.5-percent increase over the previous year.

New voting machines included in capital plan

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have given preliminary approval for the 2019-23 Capital Plan, which calls for a five-year expenditure of $129,107,334.

The first reading of the plan passed 8-0. Commissioner Brad Osborne was absent from the July 25 meeting.

Some big-ticket expenses being funded in 2019 include replacement of the voting system at $3,500,000; the Coplay to Northampton Bridge at $5,000,000; and courthouse upgrades at $1,060,000.

Kenneth Smith is no stranger to jumping from an airplane


95-year-old celebrates birthday by skydiving

One would imagine most people would prefer to spend their 95th birthday in a calm, quiet and relaxing manner — maybe a nice dinner with family and friends, sharing fond stories about the good old days. Nothing too exciting or stressful.

Kenneth Smith is not most people. This South Whitehall resident, retired construction worker and former 11th Airborne Division artillery serviceman marked his big day by leaping out of a plane at Sky’s the Limit in East Stroudsburg on July 18.

It was a tornado!

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Heidel Hollow workshop roof damaged

She had just parked her car at the barn across the driveway from her house when she heard buckets rolling down the macadam. Then, she heard the roof of the farm workshop explode.

Sonia Fink, co-owner of Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville, described what she heard as she tried to make it to safety when an EF0 tornado ripped through her family farm just before 6 p.m. July 22.

“I struggled to make it to the tree,” Fink said.

That tree, between the driveway where her car was parked and the edge of the property where her house is located, more than likely saved her life.

Civil Air Patrol national commander visits Hawk Mt. Ranger School

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol’s national commander, liked what he saw when he paid a visit July 11 to Hawk Mountain Ranger School, the only ranger school in the U.S. offered to both adults and cadets.

“I am very impressed with the staff at Hawk Mountain Ranger School and the training that is being conducted,” Smith said. “The school has a great staff, and I’ve enjoyed being able to visit the mountain.”

Hawk Mountain Ranger School has been conducting training for more than 62 years.