Parkland Press

Friday, June 23, 2017

Parkland’s first graduating class celebrates at 67th reunion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Several members of the first Parkland High School senior class met May 10 at the Hops at the Paddock, South Whitehall, for their 67th reunion.

This was the first class to graduate from the recently renamed South Whitehall High School as students from North Whitehall wanted a more neutral name.

A contest was held and the winning name, Parkland, was submitted by Mary Lou Urffer.

The high school in 1950 was at what is now the Troxell building, North Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall.

Morning blaze damages trailers at East Allen freight terminal

Friday, June 2, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Firefighters and emergency vehicles from across the Lehigh Valley responded June 1 to a fire at the Consolidated Freight terminal in East Allen Township.

Although initial reports speculated fireworks were on the truck that was ablaze, it was later confirmed the truck contained butane lighters.

The fire burned for nearly three hours before it was extinguished.

The freight terminal, located off Chrisphalt Road, is a transfer station where cargo from one truck is loaded onto another.

County board OKs contracts for 911 plan, center

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners approved two contracts, during their May 10 meeting, with Essential Management Solutions LLC to provide 911 regionalization consolidation management services.

Director of general services Rick Molchany explained the contracts to the board.

According to Molchany, the first contract will provide construction management for a consolidated 911 communications center and regionalized equipment plan.

Molchany said Lehigh County is different from Bethlehem City and Northampton.

PSD lowers tax increase

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Since the budget seminar in April, the Parkland administration and board have been able to lower the 2017-18 tax rate from 15.22 to 15.13 mills, a 1.89 percent increase over the previous term’s rate of 14.85.

At the May 23 meeting, business manager John Vignone commented on the change.

“Our assessed valuations are doing well. That’s how it came down from 2.5 percent to 1.89 percent,” said Vignone.

He reported the 2017-18 district real estate assessment will be $7.93 billion, a $124.7 million or 1.60 percent, increase over the present school year.

‘Teddy Roosevelt’ spends an evening with Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Preserve the past as we go into the future.”

(Neil Oswald, Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society president)

Peyton Dixon, in the guise of Teddy Roosevelt, walked around the social hall of the Lynnport Fire Company talking to people before he discussed his life.

Roosevelt explained he had visited Northwestern Lehigh Middle School that afternoon.

Ernie the giraffe dies at Lehigh Valley Zoo

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by ASHLEIGH ALBERT in Local News

According to recent news reports, Ernie the giraffe, a new resident of the Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, died on May 28.

Ernie, 6, was reunited with his dad, Murphy, who also came to the Lehigh Valleyfrom a zoo in Kansas City.

The young giraffe, who arrived May 26, is said to have become aggressive and suffered a neck injury.

Murphy, 15, who was the first of the two giraffes to come to the Zoo, arrived May 23.

Class of 1959 gathers for mini-reunion in Florida

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Members of Parkland High School’s Class of 1959 recently gathered for their fifth get-together and mini-reunion at the Mission Inn, a central Florida destination resort in Lake County, Fla.

The event was hosted by classmates Howard Sechler and Dave Everett.

Fifteen people attended including 10 members of the Class of ’59, four spouses, and one friend of a classmate.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet brunch served in one of the Mission Inn Resort’s restaurants, La Hacienda.

The dining room overlooked the attractive grounds of the golf course.

School board tie to be decided June 2

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

According to information provided by Parkland School Board candidate Marc Posegay, and verified with information from the Lehigh County Voter Registration webpage, Posegay tied for fourth place with David J. Hein following an absentee ballot count after the May 16 Municipal Primary Election.

Posegay stood unofficially in fifth place with 737 votes, just two behind Hein, who had an unofficial 739 votes.


Thursday, June 1, 2017 by The Press in Local News


·Schnecksville Senior Citizens at Schnecksville Fire Co. social hall, meeting at noon, lunch, bingo, cards. New members welcome. Call 610-769-7570.

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·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.