Parkland Press

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Loved ones remembered with butterfly release

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

“A butterfly to remind me, Even though we are apart, Your spirit is always with me, Forever in my heart …” stated a poem on the pamphlets distributed to all in attendance at the Stephens Funeral Home memorial butterfly release.

The heat that day in June did not, however, wilt the spirits of the family and friends who came to pay tribute to loved ones.

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie, frequently opens its doors and hearts to the community, having events such as Hearts of Hope and Veterans Day services.

Good Shepherd adaptive fishing clinic offered at Leaser Lake

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Susan Bates and Katie Pidstrawski enlisted a group of 17 people to attend a recent adaptive fishing clinic at Leaser Lake, Lynn Township.

The two recreational therapists at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, were to review basic fishing skills and have demonstrations of special equipment.

The program was designed to help people overcome disabilities and injuries and to once again be able to fish.

Helping were volunteers, Good Shepherd, Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and members of various sporting clubs.

Athletic fields are damaged at high school

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Several Parkland High School athletic fields were damaged recently after a vehicle was driven over them following a heavy rain.

The grassy spaces were mutilated sometime between 8 p.m. June 23, and 8 a.m. the following day.

At the June 27 meeting, District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported the fields have ruts where the tires sank into the surface softened by the deluge.

He said the grounds will need topsoil and reseeding and must not be used until restoration has been accomplished.

Senior discount for cable

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The new franchise agreement between South Whitehall and Service Electric Cable TV includes a discount for senior citizens and veterans who qualify.

At a recent meeting, township Solicitor Christopher McLean explained the two entities started talking two years ago about renewal of the franchise.

He recalled at that time, a meeting was held to receive public comment, and the major request from residents was a senior discount.

Tim Himmelwright, communications and public affairs manager for the cable company, offered comment.

Florida boy on mission to thank every police officer in America

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Upper Macungie, state police receive sweet treats

A 9-year-old Florida boy, with help from family and friends, made a special delivery July 13 to officers at the Upper Macungie Township Police Department and troopers with State Police Troop M, Fogelsville.

Tyler Carach of Bratt, Fla., dressed in a cape with doughnut designs decorating it, delivered some 12 boxes of doughnuts to the officers and troopers to thank them for their service to the community.

Tyler’s business card, which he hands out to police, along with their doughnuts, states “I DONUT need a reason to thank a cop.”

Tour offers gardener’s paradise

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT AND JULIA FRITZ ; JFRITZ@TNONLINE.COM in Local News

Luscious greenery, dazzling day lilies, fragrant flowers and shrubs, peaceful waterfalls, koi ponds, birdbaths and birdhouses, decorative decorations and arbors awaited visitors attending the Parkland Garden Club’s 19th annual garden tour.

“Strolling through a Gardener’s Paradise” featured eight gardens, a creative demonstration, display of Japanese embroidery and silent auction.

Visitors touring the gardens were also treated to snacks and beverages.

The garden at the home of Christopher and Monica Baumer of Allentown began in 2009 and was completed in 2015.

GoFundMe account started for woman hurt by fireworks

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by KELLEY ANDRADE in Local News

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the Lehighton woman recently injured in an explosion at a Slatington fireworks factory.

Celebration Fireworks Inc. owner and President, John Kemps, of Emmaus, created the page to help cover the hundreds of thousands of dollars that will be needed for Kristina Steets’ operations and recovery.

Since the site’s creation, $17,510 has been reached of the $100,000 goal, which includes a $5,000 donation from Celebration Fireworks.