Parkland Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

HAPPENINGS

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY MAY 3

·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.

·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, meets 8-9 p.m.

Paper trail mandate leaves county holding expensive bag

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The integrity of the vote is central to the democratic process. But integrity isn’t always cheap.

It will cost Lehigh County between $3.5 to $4 million to comply with a new voter verifiable paper voting system mandate required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent Election Day hacking. The new system requires a paper trail for each ballot cast.

“We saw it coming,” said Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County’s chief clerk of registration and elections, of the changes. “We would have been moving toward it eventually.”

Civil War comes to Kempton

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Weekend activities raise funds for WK&S engine

From books to speakers and train rides with President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary, there were many different events happening at the Kempton Community Center during the weekend of April 13 through 15.

The event was a fundraiser to help pay for restoring a steam engine at the WK&S Railroad.

Capt. Rick Eisenhart, 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a resident of Northampton County, was teaching a group of soldiers how to form a company.

“We are proud to serve our Union savior, President Lincoln,” Private Dave Strawn said.

Teens commemorate Earth Day at Parkland Library

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Teens commemorated Earth Day by making miniature terrariums which they constructed in glass jars April 21 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township.

Using plants, moss and layers of soil, they carefully put together their own tribute to Earth Day and enjoyed their time at the library.

The first Earth Day was in 1970, when organizers of the day started the environmental movement.

Social is a hit with basket bidders in Fogelsville

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society had its 14th annual basket social on April 23 at Zettlemoyer Auction Company, Fogelsville.

With 288 donors contributing to the auction and a sellout crowd of 300, it was an excellent evening for all involved.

The society expects to earn close to, if not more than $10,000 from the basket social.

Partisanship foils county commissioners’ agenda

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners had some political moments Wednesday as agenda items were floated, then after sharp questioning by fellow commissioners, sank beneath increasingly turbulent political waters.

A tax rebate proposed by board President Marty Nothstein never made it to a vote because it wasn’t seconded in the Finance Committee, where it came under bipartisan criticism.

Garden club celebrates Arbor Day with students

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by RANDY WENHOLD in Local News

In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, a member of the Parkland Garden Club recently talked to students at each of the elementary schools in the Parkland School District on the importance of conservation and tree care to help preserve the environment.

Members of the garden club also wrapped 700 white spruce seedlings that were distributed to all the first grade students, as well as, to the girls in the club-sponsored Daisy and Brownie Troop.

Cedar Crest College student to receive St. Luke’s award

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Local News

A Cedar Crest College nursing student will receive a prestigious award at a special event in Bethlehem.

Brian Thatcher will receive the Nursing Excellence Award in Teamwork from St. Luke’s University Health Network during a ceremony May 9 at the Artsquest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Thatcher, of Coplay, is a patient care assistant at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus.

He was nominated for the award by a registered nurse on his floor and was later notified that he had been selected as the winner by Darla Frack, St. Luke’s vice president of patient care services.