Parkland Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Upper Macungie board meets newest police officer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors met the newest officer with the police department, John Sassaman III, of Allentown, at their June 7 meeting.

Sassaman, a graduate of Kutztown University, previously worked with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition, Upper Macungie Detective Adam Miller was honored for his work in the apprehension of the drug supplier who caused the death of Nicole Wertz in February 2015.

Due to his tenacity, and information given by Wertz’s father, the criminal was caught and charged in 2018 with the death of Wertz.

Garden club awards scholarship to Parkland student

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by BRENDA BACHMAN in Local News

The Parkland Garden Club recently awarded its annual scholarships of $2,000 to Cole Connolly, and Habeeb Salau, who will be given his award at a later date.

The award was presented by Sue Weber, scholarship chairman.

Connolly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Connolly, is a graduate of East Penn School District. He will attend Pennsylvania State University.

He will major in biological engineering and horticultural sciences.

A sad but avoidable end

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Resuscitated by naloxone; visited by Blue Guardian team; denial by parent; death of user

District Attorney Jim Martin and Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol Administrator Layne Turner have announced “a very sad event” which occurred during the administration of the Blue Guardian Program.

Blue Guardian is an initiative between the district attorney, the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center, county police departments and the county department of drug and alcohol.

The program attempts to use relationships between police and communities to assist addicted individuals access treatment, and to help the families of those addicted.

Worker opposed to union dues withdrawal

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

It’s not often that U. S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment part of the agenda.

Medina, who has work for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union so the union can automatically withdraw union dues from his bank account.

OMS student Thomas Theiner receives patent pending

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Da Vinci Science Center announced June 20 the winner of the 2015 Inventors Lab Showcase, Thomas Theiner of Orefield, who successfully submitted his U.S. patent application and is now one of a few people in the country with patent pending status.

At the age of 12, Theiner, a student at Orefield Middle School, invented a competition or trick yo-yo having improved spin time.

The central yoke of the yo-yo is magnetically supported for substantially frictionless rotation about the fixed axle.

Washington Twp woman charged in fatal crash

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Jennifer Gerczak, 27, of 4020 Main St., Washington Township, has been charged with two counts of careless driving, a summary offense, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced July 9.

According to Martin, at approximately 11:23 a.m. Dec. 21, 2017, Trooper Tyler Herrera, with State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, was dispatched to the scene of a crash, which occurred at 5832 Kernsville Road, North Whitehall Township.

Upon arrival, he found a 2013 Kia Soul, driven by Gerczak, and a Ford Edge, operated by Marianne Kostenbader, 56, of 1926 Vintage Drive, Easton.

Emmaus baker’s chocolate cake wins first place

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Seventeen chocolate cakes found their way to the Schnecksville Community Fair June 23, the last day of this year’s fair.

Doing their best to sort out the chocolate cakes were judges Carolee Smith of New Tripoli, and Mike Loder and Tiffany Williams, both from Schnecksville.

The race was close as the judges ate cake, drank water to refresh their pallets and keep their spirits up as they worked their way through all 17 cakes.

When the final fork dropped and decisions were made and agreed upon, Sara Kurtz of Emmaus took top honors with her “Mint Chocolate Chip Cake.”

Union Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, has elected the Rev. Gordon A. Camp as its new full-time pastor.

Camp graduated from Temple University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and film.

He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1995, and served his internship year at St. Paul’s, Catasauqua, with the Rev. Herb Gifford, who is now a member of Union Lutheran.

Camp’s wife, Cindy, is also a Lutheran pastor serving as the director of disaster response for Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries.

Parkland district chooses St. Luke’s as medical partner

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Parkland School Board has selected St. Luke’s University Health Network as the district’s medical partner for a three-year term which began July 1.

Through an agreement approved at the June 26 school board meeting, St. Luke’s will provide preventive; emergency and rehabilitation care; physicals; and other related services to students and staff.

A team of five athletic trainers and physician specialists will be available for the Parkland athletic program and the district in general.