Parkland High School senior Teddy Reinhard has walked away with the crown for Mr. Parkland 2019.
The annual contest took place Feb. 9 in the high school auditorium, with 11 seniors displaying their talents in a variety of events.
The show opened with a dance routine followed by the swimsuit competition.
The individual talent competition was next with each senior sharing his particular talent with the audience.
The formal wear competition allowed the young men to show a more sophisticated side of their talents as they danced their way on stage with a special lady.
The annual donations to North Whitehall service organizations were given out by supervisors at their Feb. 4 meeting.
The IRT Oversight Committee received $500, Upper Lehigh Historical Society $2,600 for the Schneck House and NOVA received $28,000.
Schnecksville, Tri-Clover Fire, Neffs and Laurys Station fire companies each received $18,168.
The amount given to NOVA and the fire companies reflects half their donations for the year.
The second half will be distributed later in the year.
Two announcements were made at the meeting.
Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced Jan. 23.
The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
The evening before Groundhog Day, the guest of honor at the 83rd Versommling of Grundsau Lodsch Nummer Ains an da Lechaw was none other than King Grundsau himself.
This year, as in every year previous, festivities were conducted in the uniquely Pennsylvania Deutsch dialect as soon as the Pennsylvania Dutch celebrants swore an oath to refrain from speaking English for the rest of the evening.
Dennis Hartman recited the oath at the lectern as lodge members assume the groundhog stance and repeated it back to him.
Parkland Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman leads a group of educators from every school district in Lehigh County in an effort to improve school attendance.
Troutman spoke to The Press about the endeavor.
“Our goal is to get the best attendance for all of our kids,” Troutman said. “Children with good attendance are more likely to be successful in school.
“High attendance rates are linked to high student achievement.
Troutman noted high student achievement with school attendance is true for every grade — elementary, middle, and high school.
Lehigh County 4-H recently presented the Friend of 4-H Award to someone who continually supports the 4-H program and the youth involved.
“For many years, we have interacted with this individual at 4-H events,” said Kelly M. Weisner, extension educator with 4-H youth development at the Lehigh County Cooperative Extension. “On many occasions, he speaks to others about the value of this great program.
“We recognize state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, as the Lehigh County Friend of 4-H.”
Happy Valentine’s Day
·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.
·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.
·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 meets 8-9 p.m.