Parkland Press

Monday, July 22, 2019

Kempton Fair features new attractions

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

What do you expect to find when you go to a country fair?

Rides, kids games, animals, crafts, food stands, tractors and classic vehicles are all common attractions.

This year, the Kempton Fair offered all of these and more.

The “more” included a wine and beer garden, helicopter rides and a wash stand for the animals.

The one thing few others have is a frog jumping contest.

Frog jumping was made popular in a story by Mark Twain about frog jumping contests in Calaveras County, Calif., where the championship jump was 21 feet 3.5 inches.

Liberty Bell Museum at Zion’s Church having Independence Day program

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Liberty Bell Museum, at the historic Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, will take part in the national bell ringing ceremony, with Pip the Mouse, 1:30 p.m. July 4.

The Liberty Bell replica will be rung at 2 p.m.

To coincide with the upcoming exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the program will include themed children’s coloring pages and a rocket craft project to take home.

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, will read “Man on the Moon,” written by Anastasia Suen and illustrated by Benrei Huang.

Board OKs Dollar General

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to Dollar General for construction of a 7,489-square-foot retail store with 38 parking spaces at 2032/2070 Walbert Avenue.

Last year, the zoning hearing board granted variances for front yard setback, and front yard, rear yard and side yard parking setbacks, and buffer strip requirements for the 1.32-acre parcel.

Township engineer Ralph Russek said the developer will need to do several improvements as the site is congested.

Attorney Sarah Murray spoke on behalf of Dollar General.

Parkland Garden Club hosts district meeting

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by BARBARA CAMPBELL in Local News

The Parkland Garden Club recently hosted the District ll/lll meeting, with this reporter as the district’s director.

These meetings are a way to network with other clubs and to learn and share ideas on programs and different projects.

Chris Leskosky, GCFP president, attended the meeting.

One highlight of the meeting was the judging three Trash to Treasurers entries.

Connie Donklan’s entry from the Bethlehem Garden Club won first place. Brenda Aubert’s wheelbarrel took second and the entry from the Reading Club came in third.

Pastor Bodnyk retiring from Faith Lutheran Church

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

For the last 24 years, the Rev. Michael Bodnyk has been pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Soon, his time leading the congregation of the 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, church will end with his upcoming retirement.

Bodnyk, of Orefield, attended Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to earn his Master of Divinity degree, graduating in 1976.