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Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SYMAN HIRSCH Special to The Press in Local News

Students to perform 'Little Mermaid Jr.'

Parkland Community Library's Night at the Movies will be shown inside the library 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

Join the Saturday Morning Club for fun and exciting activities for youngsters ages 7-11 at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at the library.

The theme will be fairy tale. Registration is needed to attend.


Parkland High School Drama Club students will be performing "Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr." 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 26; and 3 p.m. Jan. 27.

For tickets or more information, go to


South Whitehall chooses Sanctuary at Haafsville

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Looking at fees and service contracts for animal control in 2013, South Whitehall commissioners chose The Sanctuary at Haafsville at a cost of $6,000.

The other option was the Lehigh County Humane Society whose fee is $10,200 for the new year.

Both organizations are licensed by the state and are the only two animal shelters with state accreditation in the area, reported township Manager Jon Hammer at a Dec. 19 meeting.

He said South Whitehall has had experience with both groups, but switched to the humane society in 2012 because the Sanctuary was not yet licensed.

Action artist donates paintings to help non-profits

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Artist Pam Dent has found a unique way to help the less fortunate in the Lehigh Valley.

Dent, who has been painting since 2009, donates her paintings to non-profit agencies to auction off as fundraisers.

She also gives some of her pieces to family and friends as gifts.

"My first painting that sold was of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter," Dent said. "It sold at an art auction at The Baum School of Art in the spring."

Bartlett re-elected board president

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Jayne Bartlett was elected president of the Parkland School Board for the third consecutive year at the group's re-organization meeting Dec. 4, 2012.

Roberta Marcus replaces Rob Cohen as vice president.

A resident of Upper Macungie Township, Bartlett previously taught English at the former Springhouse Junior High and later substituted at various schools.

She has been on the board 11 years.

Bartlett commented on her re-election.

Rap of the Gavel

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Meetings are held in municipal buildings unless otherwise noted.



North Whitehall Supervisors, 7:30 p.m.

Upper Macungie Township Supervisors, 7 p.m. reorganization. Then township authority meeting, followed by supervisors' meeting.

Lehigh County Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. reorganization in the public hearing room of the Government Center, 17 S. 7th St., Allentown.


Upper Macungie Township Zoners, 6:30 p.m. to hear the appeal of T.H. Properties for new low-rise apartments at 1230 Route 100.

Static student enrollment aids school district's 2013-14 budget

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Although Parkland School District experienced growth in several areas this past fall, the overall enrollment registered a slight decline since last term.

Reporting during the Dec. 18, 2012 board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Rod Troutman said 9, 216 students were enrolled as of Dec. 1, 2012.

That number is 57 fewer than on the same date last year.

However, a few surprises came along at the end of summer, just before the start of school.

At Ironton Elementary, 74 children registered for kindergarten, a number that had not risen above 60 for many years.

Budget prep remains uncertain

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Although the 2013-14 school term, which begins next September, appears to be a long way off, the proposed budget for it must be available for public inspection by Jan. 31.

At a workshop session Dec. 18, 2012 Parkland Business Manager John Vignone reported the county reassessment conducted in 2012 brings additional considerations into budget preparation.

"There is a lot of uncertainty now," Vignone said. "The predetermined ratio changed from 50 percent to 100 percent of market value.