Parkland Press

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lehigh County celebrates Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Lehigh County Department of Human Services in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, hosted a program recently at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

The goal was to raise awareness and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

“Mental health impacts one out of every five children in our community,” said Josh Bridges, director of Lehigh County Integrated Services, which is part of the Human Services Department.

Mom asks board to OK pro-life club

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Monica Atlas has asked the Parkland School Board to reconsider a request from students for a pro-life club at the high school.

“It would be good for kids who want to get together to discuss the culture of life,” Atlas told the board.

She noted one of her children just graduated from Parkland, and another one is going to be attending in the future.

During the past school year, a group of students submitted a proposal to start a pro-life club, but the request was denied by district officials.

Lynnport Fire Co. celebrates America’s independence

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lynnport Fire Company celebrated America’s independence as it has done for the past two decades and two years, with a jumping Jamboree, complete with music, food and fabulous fireworks.

The band, Still Kickin’, provided live music. Members of the band come from all over the Lehigh Valley.

As band members were tuning up for their performance, a cloud came overhead and one member said when the cloud was there, different settings were required as they tuned up.

On the hillside, the wind was knocking around chairs but the temperature was comfortable.

County approves Magellan contract

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have approved an amended agreement of its contract with Magellan Behavioral Health. Sponsored by Commissioner David Jones, the resolution served as a new milestone in the board’s relationship with Magellan.

The company, which provides behavioral health care to qualifying residents, had been controversial in previous years.

Jones, who had previously voted against extending the county’s contract with Magellan, praised the company’s improvements in its services.