Parkland Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

DMVA seeks final three photos for Wall of Faces

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs needs help to find the final three photos of Pennsylvanians who died as a result of the Vietnam War.

All three photos are of men who were from Philadelphia County.

Photos needed are for:

• Spc. 4 Vestie Timothy Driggers, Army;

• Master Sgt. Matthew N. Harris Jr., Air Force; and

• Pfc. Willie J. Washington Jr., Marine Corps.

Board suspends rules to add contract to agenda

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners suspended “rules of the board” at their Aug. 14 meeting and added the long-delayed human service’s union contract to their agenda.

Even that was not without drama as commissioners voted 8-1 to authorize the exception to regular order which allowed the contract to be added to the already published agenda.

Commissioner Geoff Brace objected suspending the rules to add the contract to the agenda in such an irregular fashion.

Human Services workers have been working without an agreement since Dec. 31, 2018.

The Neffs National Bank donates to area educational foundations

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Neffs National Bank recently presented donations to eight area educational foundations totaling $100,000.

The educational foundations included: Parkland, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh school districts educational foundations, Wildlands Conservancy Inc., Carbon County Community Foundation, Circle of Seasons Inc., Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation and Wildlife Information Center Inc.

King George Inn review removed from planning commission agenda

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

At the request of developer Atul Patel and his company, Hotel Hamilton LLC, the request for preliminary/final plan review for development of the former King George Inn properties was removed from the South Whitehall Township Planning Commission’s Aug. 15 agenda.

The week before, Hotel Hamilton LLC engineer Bud Newton presented an update to South Whitehall commissioners at their Aug. 7 meeting regarding the inn and the proposed development of the 5.3-acre site, including consolidation of the four lots at 3051, 3125, 3127 and 3141 Hamilton Boulevard.

Storage units planned for Route 309

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

On behalf of his clients, Theodore and Lynn Lopsonzski, engineer Mark Bradbury presented a proposal to South Whitehall commissioners for a storage unit facility along Route 309.

Bordered by Snowdrift Road and Blue Barn Road, the parcel can be found behind the Jordan Lutheran Church sign along Route 309.

To make the business possible, Bradbury requested a zoning change from Rural Residential to Neighborhood Commercial.

S. Whitehall, Upper Macungie police participate in Safe Driver Week

Friday, August 16, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Officers from South Whitehall and Upper Macungie Township police departments were out in force July 17 on the Route 222 bypass in Upper Macungie Township, as part of the Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways program.

The joint enforcement program which included law enforcement agencies from Lehigh and Berks counties ran July 14-20.

Truckers were their main focus as there has been an increase recently in large rig accidents.

On the hunt for the spotted lanternfly

Friday, August 16, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Penn State Extension Specialist Heather Leach, MS, is traveling the Lehigh Valley and Berks County educating residents about the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly.

Leach, an entomologist at Penn State, is currently working with other extension program specialists in an effort to bring the spotted lanternfly explosion under control.

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, sponsored Leach’s presentation Aug. 8 at Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown.

Leach’s program stressed the need to identify where the spotted lanternfly is and what to do if found.

New varsity coaches named

Friday, August 16, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s school board has granted approval for new wrestling, golf, and track and field varsity coaches.

Jonathan Trenge was named head wrestling coach to replace Michael Ottinger.

An earth-and-space science teacher at the high school, Trenge was a two-time state champion while a student at Parkland.

He attended Lehigh University where he was twice a national runner up. He was fifth at the Olympic trials in 2004 and was Canada Cup champion.

Residents offer various comments at meeting

Friday, August 16, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall board members, staff and residents provided comments not only on the comprehensive plan guiding principles prepared by consultant Thomas Comitta but also on various other issues of concern in the township.

Board’ President Christina “Tori” Morgan was looking for an economic aspect in the principles.

“We need to have smart growth and economic stability to provide services,” Morgan said. “It’s a big puzzle. We have to put all the pieces together. The hope is balance.”