Parkland Press

Monday, December 18, 2017

County board briefed on financial forecasting model

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Gretchen Naso, principal officer of RKL LCC, briefed Lehigh County commissioners about a five-year financial forecasting model developed to aid in planning.

Naso’s plan, presented at the Nov. 21 meeting of the county board, analyzed Lehigh County’s finances for the last five years to give planners an idea of how financial decisions today may affect the future.

“One of our goals was to allow the commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill it until it becomes more manageable,” she said.

Board previews budget

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District Business Manager John Vignone presented a preview of the 2018-19 budget to the board at its Nov. 21 meeting.

Vignone said the district will not raise taxes more than the 2.4 percent Act 1 Index issued by the state.

Therefore, the maximum allowable mill increase for the new budget will be 0.36, or $36 on every $100,000 of assessed property value.

The new tax rate would be no higher than 15.49 mills.

Eighth graders hunt for history at open house

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School eighth graders received lists of items to find in the old bank building museum during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society’s annual Christmas open house in New Tripoli.

When they found something on their list, the students were to listen to the docent’s explanation and then ask a question.

At that point, the docent would stamp their paper. One visit to a display was required but many of the students collected more.

The papers were then given to Jim Warfel who helped them put an official bank stamp on it.

Heating help now available

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now accepting applications for home heating assistance, according to Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants.

The program also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

Cookie, Brownie and Bar recipes for the Christmas holiday

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Marinas Delicious

Bacon Brownies

Marina Martin-Fonseca, Allentown

Bacon topping:

1/2 package bacon


2/3 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

6 T. vegetable oil

1 T. vanilla

8 T. cocoa

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Maple cream cheese frosting:

11 oz. cream cheese

2/3 cups butter, softened

6 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup pancake syrup


7 oz. chocolate bar, any brand