Parkland Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

State police seeking horse donations

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Pennsylvania State Police is asking the community for donations of horses to support its mounted patrol unit.

The department maintains a stable at the Academy in Hershey and relies on donations to fill a complement of 28 horses.

The animals are deployed statewide for searches, crowd control, security and patrol of remote areas. They also participate in parades, demonstrations and other community events.

Donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 and stand between 16 hands (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and 18 hands tall.

Backenstoes celebrate 65th with tractors, family and friends

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The house on the hill was beautifully decorated with natural flowers. A row of tractors indicated this was the home of Lester and Nancy Backenstoes, who were celebrating 65 years of married life on Aug. 24.

Nancy met her future husband at Bindnagles Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Lebanon County, when both were being confirmed. At the time he lived in Grantville. She lived at Hershey Farms.

The Backenstoes were married the year Nancy completed high school. Lester had just turned 21. His birthday is the day before their anniversary.

Pediatric Cancer Foundation moving to south Allentown

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley will move its headquarters on Sept. 1.

PCFLV will be leaving The Banana Factory and moving into an office building at 2132 S. 12th Street, Suite 401, Allentown.

“We have loved our time here at The Banana Factory,” PCFLV Executive Director Michelle Zenie said. “But we really want to be closer to Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, where many of our kids receive their cancer treatments.

Rotary donates food to Rescue Mission

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Rotary Club of Allentown, had a celebration mixer Aug. 15 at the Rotary Fountain on 7th Street in front of the Lehigh County Courthouse. The fountain was a dream come true for the late Warren Armstrong, a Rotarian.

Several years ago, the Rotarians purchased bricks to fund the fountain as a gift to the city.

Development Manager of the Allentown Rescue Mission Rosaria Stoops recently joined the Rotary.

“Thank you, Wendy Body and Lou Bottitta, for your work in creating a lovely night for all including a huge buffet of food,” Stoops said.

‘For better or worse’

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

July wedding is permitted to be held during emergency situation at ArtsQuest

Most of the Lehigh Valley was intently watching the news and social media July 12 after word spread that a man climbed the blast furnaces at SteelStacks in Bethlehem and was refusing to come down. Emergency personnel were on the scene attempting to talk the man down. He stayed up on the structure for approximately 21 hours and came down just before 4:30 p.m. July 13, ending the standoff without major incident.

Devin Hallquist and Michael Steele had another reason to pay attention to the ordeal.

Rotary Club of Allentown joins forces with Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by ROSARIA M. STOOPS in Local News

The Rotary Club of Allentown Habitat volunteers recently worked on a restoration project in downtown Allentown.

They worked alongside the home’s future owner and two other future homebuyers on July 21.

The heat index was high but spirits were higher and fortunately the air conditioning was installed and made operational two days before painting started.

Cops vs. counselors at summer camp

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

South Whitehall Township Parks and Recreation Department and the Parkland School District recently offered students the opportunity to attend a summer camp at Cetronia, Parkway Manor or Kratzer elementary schools.

The camp gave students, who had completed kindergarten through fifth grade, a chance to stay active and keep in touch with friends over the summer.

Providing both physical and mental stimulation, the program kept them and their counselors busy with crafts, sports and field trips.

Police study update given to Upper Macungie board

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

A study done by Matrix Consulting Group concerning the Upper Macungie Police Department, was released to supervisors during their Aug. 1 meeting.

A comprehensive overview of the police department, the study showed a substantial decrease in the crime rate in the municipality – a 60 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017.

The report noted the police department has received the highest quality training – about 44 hours per year, which is well above the industry average of 25 hours.