Parkland Press

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Ontelaunee Park experiences renaissance

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by DENNILLE SCHULER Special to The Press in Local News

Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township was established in 1929 by Homer Nathan Snyder.

Many of its early attractions made the park a popular place for people to visit.

Coal car Engine No. 99 pulled passengers through a tunnel and around the swimming pool.

At one time, Ontelaunee Park had its own baseball team that played teams from the surrounding area.

The park, a fun, family friendly place for all ages to enjoy became such a popular destination the Reading Railroad created a stop there.

North Whitehall

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Blues Nite Out in church grove on Aug. 24 and 25

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will have its annual Blues Nite Out with entertainment and refreshments on two evenings in the lovely church grove.

The Bryant Brothers will perform 7-10 p.m. on Aug. 24. Groovitude, a young band from Center Valley, will be on stage from 4-6:30 p.m. Aug. 25

Sarah Ayers will be returning to Neffs grove from 7-10 p.m. that Saturday after a two-year absence due to vocal chord concerns.

Ayers has slowly returned to singing by limiting her engagements. She is now eager to make her seventh appearance at Blues Nite.

Preparing for the unthinkable

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Parkland School District and regional emergency responders conducted a large-scale emergency drill simulating an active shooter entering the high school during a school day.

More than 100 school district staff and police cadets played the roles of teachers, parents and students during the exercise on Aug. 8, which allowed emergency responders and staff to practice crisis response plans.

Taking part in the drill were: South Whitehall Township police and firefighters, Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force,

Library plans truck display

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Hannah Killian, youth services librarian at Parkland Community Library, is planning a special event, "Touch a Truck," for people of all ages on the lawn at the South Whitehall Township municipal complex.

Township commissioners voiced enthusiastic approval at their Aug. 1 meeting for the event scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 29.

Killian foresees having fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles and public works equipment on display for children and adults to see and touch.

Outside funds help Parkland School District

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Parkland School District Director of community and public relations Nicole McGalla reports that during the 2011-12 school term, $166,006 was raised in alternative revenue to ease the pain of declining income.

McGalla said sponsors helped out with several district events.

The staff breakfast, costing $3,200, was sponsored by Giant Markets and Chick-fil-A.

Outback Steakhouse sponsored the $1,700 retirement luncheon.