Parkland Press

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Upper Macungie Boy Scout soars with the Eagles

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

After seven years of hard work and commitment, 17-year-old Thomas Darlington of Upper Macungie Township was recently promoted to Eagle Scout at Cedar Church, Cetronia, home of Boy Scout Troop 29.

Taking six months of planning and design work, Darlington’s project was to add four raised gardens to Upper Macungie Township’s Lone Lane Park.

His plan also included new rules signs for the park.

Twenty-five Scouts from Troop 29 gathered this spring at the park and within 12 hours, had the work completed.

Econo Lodge discontinues long-term rentals

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Attorney John Harrison, hired by South Whitehall to handle issues relating to the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, provided some information at a recent commissioners’ meeting.

“The Econo Lodge is willingly discontinuing all long-term rentals as of Sept. 18,” Harrison said.

At previous meetings, residents had expressed concern over alleged illegal activities going on at the hotel and on their own streets by individuals residing at the establishment.

Investigation continues into death of Audrey Penn


Nearly one month after a woman was reported missing from a home for senior citizens in Salisbury Township, the search is over.

Audrey Penn, 78, was pronounced dead 3:44 p.m. Sept. 17 by Deputy Coroner Jack Fliter after her body was found in a drainage ditch in the area of Hamilton Boulevard and Kressler Road, Lower Macungie Township.

Initially identified as Jane Doe by Fliter, she was positively identified as Penn in a news release to the media 9 p.m. Sept. 18 following testing earlier in the day.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Friday, Sept. 22

Parkland Community Library Board of Directors, workshop meeting, 3:30 p.m. at the library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Parkland School Board, 7 p.m. in the district administration building, 1210 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

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

Thursday, Sept. 28

Parkland Community Library Board of Directors, meet 7 p.m. at the library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 by The Press in Local News


·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.

·Alcoholics Anonymous at New Life Lutheran Church, 6804 Weiss Road, New Tripoli, 7 p.m. Enter at far end of church. Call 610-298-2710.

Breinigsville family awarded TPA grant for son

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Members of Lehigh Valley Post L of the Travelers Protective Association of America recently gathered for their annual picnic at William J. Albert Memorial Park, North Catasauqua.

The organization awarded a family from Breinigsville a grant from the post’s deaf and near deaf trust fund to assist one of their sons who is deaf.

Grant recipients were Nick and Larissa Noto and their children Logan, Tyson and Gavin, who has a hearing loss.

Board hears fair districts appeal

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Fair Districts PA was on the agenda for Upper Macungie Township supervisors.

Carla Colangelo and Mary Erdman, representatives of the group, asked the board to pass a resolution against the gerrymandering that occurs in Pennsylvania after each decennial census.

The state’s politicians get to decide where the boundaries of their electoral districts will be located.

This practice favors one political party.

Two bills are in the state legislature now that address this issue — Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722.