Parkland Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

HAPPENINGS

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY SEPT. 5

·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 at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.

Road work next week on various state roads

Friday, August 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

PennDOT has announced work will be done on the following roads:

South Whitehall Township

Route 309 at Pa. Turnpike Northeast Extension Overpass between Snowdrift Road and Blue Barn Road for bridge repair

Type of restriction: 24 Hours

Route 309 will be closed and detoured for the Pa. Turnpike Commission’s replacement of their bridge over Route 309.

Route 309 will be closed and detoured from 7 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday. The posted detour will use Route 22, Route 100, and Eoute 309.

Schnecksville Elementary adding classrooms

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Sneak peek for parents, students on Aug. 29

The Schnecksville school project, involving conversion of the storage area for the former Space Shuttle Blake to four classrooms, is nearly completed.

Rob Avitabile, senior project manager of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., commented on the work at the Aug. 20 Parkland School Board meeting.

“We started June 17 and will be done in time for this school year. It was a quick three months job,” Avitabile said.

He noted construction remains within the original cost estimate of $925,657.

Library offers DIY fun

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Once a month, on a Thursday morning, adults go to Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, for some DIY Fun.

Mariann Kmetz, head of technical services at the library, chooses a craft and gathers all the materials needed.

On this particular spring day, the craft was a burlap-covered pot, complete with a potted plant and the cutout word, “Welcome,” to greet guests at the crafters’ homes.

DIY wreath-making a hit at library

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

On the third Thursday of every month, Parkland Community Library holds a DIY fun hour for adults.

Mariann Kmetz, the head of technical services at the library, decides what the craft of the month will be.

Kmetz demonstrated to those in attendance how to make a fabric wreath.

She had all the supplies available for those who had responded.

Some of the women attending brought their own fabric.

Kmetz demonstrated using a rotary hand cutter how to measure and carefully cut the fabric into strips.

HAPPENINGS

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY AUG. 29

·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 at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.

Salary increases in district

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s school board recently approved a 3-percent increase for Act 93 administrators, confidential administrative assistants, and the central office administration.

The Act 93 group includes 65 individuals who are directors of major district departments, principals and assistant principals at all levels, coordinators and supervisors in various areas, psychologists, technology administrators, transportation and garage supervisors, and more.

Teachers and union employees have contracted salaries and are not in the Act 93 category.

Volunteers make sure kids have school supplies

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Hundreds of kids and their parents lined the sidewalks around the Salvation Army, N. Eighth St., Allentown, recently, following an announcement there was going to be a backpack giveaway.

More than 700 backpacks containing needed school supplies were distributed Aug. 22 to youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade in the Allentown School District to help ease the financial burden on their families.