Parkland Press

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

LCCC offering online, remote classes for fall

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Registration for the fall semester at Lehigh Carbon Community College is underway with classes being offered in an online or remote format.

Classes begin Aug. 22.

Virtual instruction used in spring and summer will continue as will virtual support services, including testing, counseling, advising and more.

When the state moves to a green status before the start of the fall semester, a select number of hands-on or equipment-based courses will include a face-to-face element.

First responders show appreciation to Cedarbrook staff

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Fire, police and emergency medical service units recently showed their appreciation to the staff of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall, with a parade.

Agencies represented in the parade were the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Department, and Special Response units, Pennsylvania State Police, Lehigh Valley International Airport police, South Whitehall police, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Cetronia, Greenawalds, Woodlawn and Western Salisbury fire departments.

Veterans, Military Council launches ‘Helping Our Heroes’ webinar

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

In order to provide veterans and first responders with access to experts and resources to improve their lives in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterans and Military Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce launched a three-part “Helping Our Heroes” webinar series in May.

The initiative, which features speakers from a variety of veterans’ aid organization, seeks to “familiarize and encourage military veterans, first-responders, their family members and friends to access the support they may need.

Revolutionary War prison receives new look

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A building at 347 Gordon St., Allentown, once used as a prison during the Revolutionary War has received a new look.

Developer Nat L. Hyman, CEO of The Hyman Group, who owns the building, commissioned a painter from The Studio 33 in Baltimore, Md., to paint a mural on one of the walls.

Hyman, who earned a Master’s degree in architecture and preservation from Columbia University, designed the artwork.

Volleyball at the middle schools

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

When volleyball participation decreased at the middle schools about five years ago, officials decided to combine students from Orefield and Springhouse middle schools into one girls team and one boys team.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman recently reported the trend has reversed with 66 girls and 32 boys on the middle school joint team for this past school term.

He noted if large numbers are on a team, playing opportunities are reduced for those involved in the sport.

Parkland senior class president to attend Naval Academy

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Grace Smith, Parkland High School’s 2020 senior class president, will take the first steps of her post-graduation life as a member of the United States Navy.

Smith was recently inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2024 and will begin six weeks of midshipman training June 25 during Plebe Summer at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Smith said she has been working to develop skills in leadership, team-building, community service throughout her school career to prepare herself for the academy and life in the Navy.

Parkland Class of 2020 graduation goes virtual

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Members of Parkland’s High School Class of 2020 graduated in their own unique way with a virtual commencement ceremony June 9, which aired on YouTube, RCN and Service Electric.

After welcoming the class and guests, Assistant High School Principal Crystal George acknowledged the virtual ceremony was not the event that graduates, staff or families had hoped for, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns, it was necessary.