Parkland Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

Lehigh County candidates unchallenged

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The following candidates for Lehigh County row offices are unchallenged in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.

Incumbent District Attorney Jim Martin, a Republican, is unchallenged on Tuesday for another four-year term in office following the announcement by Democrat Jim Moreno that he was dropping out of the race due to his battle against cancer.

Incumbent Sheriff Joe Hanna, running as a Democrat/Republican, is unchallenged for another four-year term in office. Incumbent Clerk of Judicial Records Andrea Naugle, a Democrat, is unchallenged for another four-year term in office.

Voters to choose three for South Whitehall board

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Three Democrats and three Republicans are seeking one of the three open seats for South Whitehall Township commissioner in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.

The winners will serve a four-year term in office.

The Press asked the candidates the following question: What qualities do you think voters are looking for in a South Whitehall commissioner?


Referendum question addresses crime victims’ rights

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Voters in the Nov. 5 election will be asked to answer a referendum question concerning the rights of crime victims, commonly known as Marsy’s Law.

The state Office of the Attorney General provided a plain English statement explaining the proposed Constitutional amendment.

The proposed amendment, if approved by the electorate, will provide victims of crimes with certain, new constitutional rights that must be protected in the same way as the rights afforded to individuals accused of committing a crime.

Two on the ballot for controller

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News

One Democratic and one Republican are on the Nov. 5 ballot for a four-year term as Lehigh County controller in the Nov. 5 election

The candidates were asked the following question: “What do you see as the biggest challenge financially for Lehigh County?”

Democrat Mark Pinsley: “Over the past several years, Lehigh County has had a deficit budget. This year the county voted for a small tax increase in order to close the gap between the amount of money the county is spending versus the amount of revenue generated by the county.

Miller-Keystone issues appeal for blood donors

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center has issued an urgent appeal for Blood donors of all Blood types.

“More than 450 donors are needed every day in our community to help in the care of cancer patients, accident victims, premature infants and others requiring lifesaving transfusions at our regional hospitals,” explained Qiana Cressman, director of Donor Recruitment and Development.

Cressman noted just one major trauma or disaster could have devastating effects on the blood center’s ability to provide for the transfusion needs of the community.

U. Macungie honors former solicitor

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

At the opening of the Upper Macungie supervisors October meeting, a proclamation was read commemorating the service of former solicitor William Schantz.

He started with the township as a part-time solicitor in 1965 and became full-time solicitor in 1973.

His widow, Pat Schantz, was present to accept the award.

In other matters, several residents, along with board members and Police Chief Edgardo Colón, praised the actions of those involved with the recent fire at Heather Glen retirement community along Blue Barn Road.

New voting machines are hot topic at League luncheon

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

To better inform area residents on current issues, the League of Women Voters of Lehigh County focused on the new voting machines for its Sept. 9 Hot Topics Luncheon.

Speakers Lehigh County Elections Board Chief Clerk Timothy A. Benyo and Deputy Chief Clerk Terri Harkins provided a clear and enlightening explanation of the new voting process.

As Pennsylvania is considered a “swing state” in national elections, it is a potential target for those who may want to interfere in the election process.

Seniors make kiffles at Parkland Library

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Kiffles are a popular treat any time of the year but not many people have a good recipe or have made them at home before.

Mariann Kmetz, the head of technical services at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, came up with the idea of making Polish kiffles at a recent DIY project for seniors.

Kmetz brought all the ingredients and premeasured them so participants could just combine the cream cheese, butter and flour to make the dough.

They then rolled out the dough and cut it into one-and-a-half to two-inch squares.

Oil burner causes smoky situation in South Whitehall Township home

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Three of South Whitehall Township’s fire departments — Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn — along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Western Salisbury and Alburtis fire companies responded on Oct. 17 for a reported house fire at 622 Beverly Drive.

Homeowner Sarah Jerista-Yenser reported there was heavy smoke in her basement.

She was advised to evacuate her house by a Lehigh County 911 dispatcher.

Cetronia Engine 311, first on scene, dropped a supply line at the nearest hydrant.