Parkland Press

Monday, July 22, 2019

VFW Post 12099 honors namesake through nursing scholarship

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by ANN WERTMAN in Local News

In respect to their namesake and due to the high regard VFW combat veterans of all ages hold for the military nurses who administer care often in dangerous scenarios, VFW Post 12099 recently donated its second annual check of $500 toward nursing scholarships at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, to commemorate both Nurse’s Day and Memorial Day in May.

Parkland Garden Club to host annual garden tour

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Enjoy a relaxing day experiencing the sights and sounds of various gardens at Parkland Garden Club’s 21st annual garden tour, “Kaleidoscope of Color Around the Lehigh Valley,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 13 rain or shine.

This self-guided event features eight residential gardens, which can be done in any order.

“This year’s garden tour reflects the idea that gardeners are always including color, textures, patterns, and different forms and shapes into their gardens,” Barbara Campbell, chairman of the tour, explained.

South Whitehall police are celebrating a half-century of service to township

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall’s police department is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

During the commissioners’ June 19 meeting Police Chief Glen Dorney told the board that officers will wear a 50th anniversary badge for one year to commemorate the heritage of police service in the township.

Garden club members attend annual convention

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania hosted its 89th annual convention, “Seasons In Bloom” at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.

The April event was hosted by the nine Garden Clubs of District VI.

More than 280 members of garden clubs throughout the state attended this three-day event.

Four members of the Parkland Garden Club attended the state convention: District II/III Director Barbara Campbell, Board Member Trieste Blasko, Barbara Dempsey, state board member and Bonnie Keller, current club president.

S. Whitehall begins comprehensive plan

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall staff, commissioners, township planners, consultant Thomas Comitta, and residents gathered in the forum room at Parkland High School June 18 to begin the process of preparing a new comprehensive plan.

This plan shows the direction the community wants to go and has an impact on land use, transportation, utilities, stormwater, recreation, housing, environmental and historic concerns.

Comitta guided the township through the two-year project for the 2009 comprehensive plan which remains in effect.

Former Parkland teacher charged with sexual assault

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

More victims sought by Bucks County district attorney

Lehigh and Bucks County District Attorneys Jim Martin and Matt Weintraub announced during a joint news conference June 27 additional charges have been filed against former Parkland and Palisades teacher Christian Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, for allegedly sexually assaulting four Parkland High School students.

Weintraub began the news conference.

Students’ musical talents honored

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Eleven Parkland students recently participated in All-State performance groups at the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association annual conference in April at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

They were selected through a series of auditions starting last fall at the District 10 level which includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Schuylkill counties.

Parkland had more students in District 10 band, chorus and orchestra than any other school.

Grammes asks why county board not updated on zoo

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to Lehigh County commissioners at their June 26 meeting.

She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.

Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.

Plus, the zoo has begun a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics, and there were 230,000 visitors in 2018.