Parkland Press

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Sim’s Market continues to serve the community during pandemic

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many businesses remain open to provide essential services to their communities.

One such store is Sim’s Market, 2401 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township.

Owner Raj Patel and manager Bruce Schlegel spoke with The Press May 28 about how the health emergency has affected the market, and what steps the store has taken to continue providing patrons with groceries and other goods.

South Whitehall Twp neighborhood friends make protective masks

Friday, June 5, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

When Emily Vincent heard homemade masks were needed in the Lehigh Valley as protection against the coronavirus pandemic, she suggested to her neighbors they make some.

She had some cotton material that wasn’t being used and Regina Bednar said she had some material to contribute, as well as, extra elastic.

Margaret Rosenberger said she had large spools of white thread that could be useful.

This reporter had several cotton tablecloths with colorful balloons printed on them that would make good masks.

District strives for no tax hike

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Although the economic slowdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Parkland School District revenue, administrators and the board are working to avoid a tax increase for 2020-21.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak spoke to The Press.

“COVID-19 is a new wrinkle in our budget plan,” Sniscak said. “We’ll have to use more of our fund balance to have a zero tax increase and balance the budget.”

Business Manager John Vignone commented on the matter.

Planners take Ridge Farm under advisement

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

More than 60 people were present during the virtual May 21 South Whitehall Township Planning Commission meeting for the preliminary review of the Ridge Farm major development proposal.

Developer Kay Builders originally received conditional use approval for the plan in November 2019.

According to township planner Gregg Adams, the Community Development Department recommended the planning commission take the plan under advisement to allow the applicant time to receive and address feedback.

Parkland orders Chromebooks

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s school board recently approved the purchase of 1,550 Chromebooks for $429,289 with a two-year warranty included.

A Chromebook is a lightweight durable laptop that is designed to run cloud-based applications and store data online.

The units run on Google’s Chrome operating system and play an integral role in the E-Learning process.

Teachers post assignments on the Internet through the Schoology system which students access on their Chromebooks for each class or course.

Remembering May Day

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Elementary school in the 1950s was serious business. About 36 children in each classroom sat at desks in straight rows, listened to the teacher, and completed written assignments.

There were few, if any, programs, parties or refreshments during the school year.

That is why May Day became such a memorable occasion.

It was, in my memory, the only time family members came to the school and the only time children received any treats.

The event was a glorious time for everyone to be outside and participate in a schoolwide program.

Part IV: Center honors volunteers during Breakfast with Champions

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s “Breakfast With Champions” virtual series, highlighting the contributions of dedicated volunteers from around the Lehigh Valley, continued April 21-27 with a new set of nominees for several recognition categories — “Organizational Advocate,” “Retired Volunteer of the Year,” “Transformational Volunteer,” “Volunteer Leader” and “Volunteer Team.”

Historical society seeks help to identify men

Friday, June 5, 2020 by GLORIA ZIMMERMAN in Local News

During these times of social distancing and staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, we all are looking for things to keep us occupied and busy.

Consider dusting off the family albums and pictures and make sure they are identified for future generations.

Often the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society receives photos that are not identified and yet are so important to the area and its history, as well as to the family trying to identify them.

Several years ago, the historical society received two very long photos from John and Nancy Civitts.