Parkland Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Stagemakers to perform ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will perform “Once Upon a Mattress” 7 p.m. May 10 and 13; and at 2 p.m. May 13 at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown.

The play is about King Sextimus, who due to a curse, is unable to speak. And, his unappealing wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken control of the kingdom.

She is determined to keep their son, Prince Dauntless, from ever getting married. The only way a princess can ever become the prince’s betrothed is by passing a rigorous sensitivity test designed by the queen.

And no one in the kingdom may get married until Prince Dauntless weds.

Annual Austreibungs Fest chases away winter

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Flags created a colorful backdrop for the Joe Kroboth Duo as they provided the music for dancing and general enjoyment at the Austreibungs Fest, or the festival to chase away winter.

The flags were from Germany, Bavaria and Austria, Don Eckhart explained.

Paul Semmel was walking around talking to people as they entered the Goodwill Fire Company social hall in Germansville.

HAPPENINGS

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY MAY 10

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.

·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families 8-9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous.

Police getting new cars

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Police Chief Glen Dorney has received permission from commissioners to proceed with purchase of four new vehicles.

The total cost of $235,531 includes complete fitting of car camera systems and license plate readers.

As only $185,000 was budgeted for the vehicles, $50,531 will have to be transferred from the unappropriated reserve.

Purchase will be made from Kovatch Ford, Nesquehoning.

Dorney said the new vehicles will increase services to the community and will provide cost savings for the future by reducing fleet maintenance.

Kuhnsville Lions Club chicken barbecue benefits local programs

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Kuhnsville Lions Club held a chicken barbecue fundraiser on April 28 in the grove at Jordan UCC, South Whitehall Township.

Kuhnsville Lions Club is affiliated with the Lions Clubs International, based in Oakbrook Ill., which has more than 1.4 million members worldwide serving in 46,000 local clubs such as Kuhnsville.

The mission of the Kuhnsville Lions Club is to help fund programs that benefit those with vision and hearing loss in the Lehigh Valley.

Helping Hands of the Lehigh Valley is also a recipient of the Lions’ generosity.

School district expenditures approved

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Maintaining the 11 schools and several other buildings serving 9,300 Parkland students requires large expenditures in addition to the costs of instructional materials.

At the April 17 meeting, the board approved mechanical upgrades at Springhouse Middle School and Fogelsville Elementary at a cost of $462,562.

Purchase of four modular classrooms was approved for a total price of $365,900. They will be used at Cetronia elementary school.

Director of School Services David Keppel reported two existing modular classrooms will be removed and replaced by the four new ones.

Tons of talent on display at Living Stone Fellowship

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A talent show at Living Stone Fellowship drew entrants from a large area in both singing and dancing categories.

Pastor Jean Masiko gave the welcome to the first ever talent show at the church in New Tripoli.

“This is a place of welcome for everyone,” she said. “We are honored to have these young people show their talents.

Bryan Gonzalez, the son of Associate Pastor Jaime Gonzalez, was the announcer.

Crazy Elmer has no plans to retire

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Entertainer celebrates 70 years performing on stage

Originally from Alburtis, ClenRoy Geist began his entertainment career at 13 by joining his father and older brother as a minstrel show singer in Longswamp.

In 1949, Geist became a member of a local country group, Earl Keller and the Melody Rangers.

When one of the end men, (literally the band members who sat at the open ends of the rows) left the group, Keller asked Geist to fill the role of the band’s comedian. Geist accepted and Elmer was born.