Parkland Press

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Garden club presents Beautiful Gardens tour

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Parkland Garden Club’s “Sharing Beautiful Gardens of the Lehigh Valley” will take place, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 30.

The self-guided event features eight residential gardens.

A silent auction and a creative demonstration by David Shimp, greenhouse manager at Phoebe Floral Shop, will be featured.

Tickets are available at C. Leslie Smith, Dan Schantz Greenhouse, Eagle Point Farm Market, Edge of the Woods Native Plants, Herbein’s Garden Center, Lehigh Valley Home and Garden Center, Phoebe Floral Shop and Hair Razors.

N. Whitehall board reviews various plans

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall supervisors had two plans to review at their June 4 meeting.

The first was the Dollar General land development plan for Oakwood Lane.

Applicants were seeking preliminary/final approval and were requesting waivers on certain items in the ordinance.

Peter Spisszak, Christopher Sheaffer and Ted Donald discussed the plan with the board at length.

Oakwood Lane will be widened to two, 12-foot lanes with a 6-foot shoulder on one side.

A traffic study showed a left turn lane was not warranted.

State Rep. Gary Day to host open house

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, invites residents of his district in Lehigh and Berks counties to join him and his staff at their district office open house 3-7 p.m. June 21 at the Good Will Fire Company No. 1, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

Day reminds residents his office is available to help with a variety of state government-related services, even though it is located at a temporary location.

Grant for LGBT center falls through

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A $5,000 grant to the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center fell through June 13 when the one of the sponsors of the bill, Amy Zanelli, abstained from voting.

She then watched the votes split between the remaining eight commissioners, 4-4.

Zanelli commented on her abstention.

“I volunteer for, contribute to, and benefit from the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center,” Zanelli said. “I will abstain.”


Thursday, June 21, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Reitz retires after six decades at funeral home

Harold Reitz has retired after 61 years of service to the Heintzelman Funeral Home.

During that time, he was involved in nearly every aspect of the business and was recognized by many as he stopped traffic in the middle of Route 309 for visitors to cross from the parking lot to the Schnecksville funeral home.

In addition to his career with Heintzelman’s, Reitz has participated in many public events as PITSTOP the clown and other costumed characters. He plans to continue that hobby.

Park to get courts

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have approved construction of two basketball courts in Covered Bridge Park at a cost of $50,000.

The new items will replace volleyball courts at the athletic field entrance to the park along River Road.

Director of township operations Randy Cope commented on the plan.

“Volleyball courts were grossly underutilized, so we will turn this area into a facility that can be programmed with leagues, clinics, and small tournaments,” Cope said. “The township has electricity in place should lights ever be added to the courts.”

Fogelsville churches, VFW honor fallen heroes

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Residents of Fogelsville attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Fogelsville Cemetery to remember those who have fallen protecting the United States during its many wars.

The ceremony was led by Pastor Nelson Quinones of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fogelsville.

Members of Robert M. Fegely VFW Post 8282, Breinigsville, honored their fallen comrades with prayers, brief speeches and a rifle volley.

Scouts from Troop 72, Fogelsville, were flag bearers.

A combined women’s chorus from St. John’s UCC and St. John’s Lutheran churches sang “Taps.”


Thursday, June 21, 2018 by The Press in Local News


·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.

·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 from 8-9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous.