Parkland Press

Monday, June 26, 2017

Local harpist enchants community and beyond

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

Madeline Rose Link, Maddie, to friends and family, is a humble 19-year-old woman who has accomplished many things before reaching her 20s.

She is a skilled harpist who has performed at various events including weddings, and she even performed a solo at Musikfest.

The only child of Steve and Kathy Link, Maddie is also legally blind.

“The genetic disease I have means I can’t see in bright light,” Link said. “Outside, I can’t see at all.

Board to review burning ordinance

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Neffs Fire Chief Jim Steward presented North Whitehall supervisors with a request to clarify some sections of the burning ordinance.

He opined some of the definitions should be clarified as sometimes the firefighters are brought into neighbor squabbles because of different interpretations of the ordinance by the parties involved.

He asserted their duty is fire safety, not enforcement. Supervisors will look into the matter.

Steward also told the board the Neffs Fire Company will be celebrating 75 years with a special program Aug. 20 at the fire station.

Dog club advances German Shepherd breed

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The German Shepherd Dog Club of America was formed in 1913 and incorporated Feb. 7, 1916, by Anne Tracy, Margaret C. Throop, Edith May Schley, Vemon Castle, John Volkman, Paul Huhn, and B.R. Ruggles.

The organization, which promotes the breeding of the German Shepherd dog and urges adoption of a standard by which the dog is to be judged.

The club also advances the interests of the breed by offering prizes, supporting shows, encouraging the development of working qualities.

Pany wins Republican ticket in North Whitehall supervisor race

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

According to information provided by Republican supervisor candidate Eric Neubauer, and verified with information from the Lehigh County Voter Registration, incumbent Steve Pany received a final tally of 370 votes, topping the 367 votes garnered by Neubauer in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election.

The first certification of the votes took place at 4 p.m. June 2.

Following the primary, Pany led Neubauer with an unofficial 366 votes compared to Neubauer’s unofficial 358 votes.

Valley volunteers garner honors at annual breakfast

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Six local residents were honored recently by The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley during the group’s 2017 Breakfast for Champions’ Award ceremony at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

Honored at the ceremony were Mia Bobenko of Orefield, who volunteers at The Gress Mountain Ranch; Janet and Donald Hagenaur of Whitehall, who volunteer with the Union and West End Cemetery Association, Allentown; Kris and Ian Buss of Breinigsville, who volunteer with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley; and Kathryn O’Keefe of Allentown, who volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA.

Hein wins 4th spot on Democratic ticket for school board director

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

David J. Hein has beaten Marc Posegay in the casting of lots held at high noon June 2 at the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. 7th St., Allentown.

Hein and Posegay were tied for fourth place with 751 votes each following the counting of absentee ballots after the May 16 Municipal Primary Election for Parkland School Board director, according to information from the Lehigh County Voter Registration web page.

The winner was decided via a vase filled with 16 balls with the lowest number representing the winner of the last position on the Democratic ballot.

Board prepares to dissolve authority

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners voted recently to begin the process of terminating the board of authority which owns and oversees the water and sanitary sewer systems serving township residents.

Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented on the matter.

“On a day-to-day basis, absolutely nothing changes,” Morgan said. “Operationally, nothing changes.”

She added efficiency will increase as the level of bureaucracy decreases.

PART II

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

World War II in the Pacific:

Don Rumble departed his Schnecksville home in March and journeyed thousands of miles westward to view World War II historical sites on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Rumble has a particular interest in sites where Marines played a prominent role.

His visit to Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima was described in Part I of this story.

On the island of Saipan, Rumble learned about the massive banzai attack directed against the Marines by the Japanese and their slave laborers from Korea and Okinawa.