Parkland Press

Monday, July 22, 2019

HAPPENINGS

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY JUNE 20

·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, 8-9 p.m.

Plant workshop offered July 24

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Penn State Extension is offering a managing invasive plants workshop 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 24 at 4184 Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall.

Managing invasive plants will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to properly identify invasive plants and to develop strategies for treatment and control.

Invasive weeds and pests are a major threat to the state’s natural and cultivated landscapes, spreading quickly and displacing or killing native plants.

Commissioners OK first reading of LCA lease extension

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Lehigh County Authority is expected to receive its requested 43-year lease extension.

In a preliminary first reading, Lehigh County commissioners approved, by a 9-0 vote, amending the LCA’s Articles of Incorporation to extend its term of existence 43 years from the date the agreement is approved by Pennsylvania’s Department of State.

The move allows the LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for capital improvements for its water and wastewater systems serving 14 municipalities in the county.

Meetings set to review comprehensive plan

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall officials have begun the process of updating the 2009 Comprehensive Plan and have scheduled three public meetings to start the undertaking this summer.

The township team of planner Gregg Adams, Director of Community Development George Kinney and Director of Geographic Information Systems Dave Manhardt has begun preparing for the meetings and the project.

Adams explained to The Press a comprehensive plan includes goals and aspirations in terms of community development.

Parkland board approves 2019-20 proposed budget

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

According to information provided by the Parkland School District, the proposed general fund budget for the 2019-20 school year in the amount of $186,470,379 was approved by school directors, during the May 21 board meeting.

The news release states the balanced budget includes positive trending of the district’s total assessed valuation, which drives a higher dollar value per mill and increased revenues.

The proposed budget represents an increase of .29 mills or 1.88 percent for a total mill rate of 15.71.

New food pantry working to ‘crush hunger’ in the Parkland area

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A new food pantry — Parkland Community Aid Reaching Every Student— will open its doors June 19 at 5074 Kernsville Road, Unit 4, Orefield.

Katrina Sundstrom, executive director with Parkland C.A.R.E.S. said the food pantry, down the road from Kernsville Elementary School, began as a simple food drive to honor one of Parkland’s own.

Sundstrom, her husband Rich, daughter Sydni and son A.J. held a food drive to honor late bus driver Gary Smith.

Silver and Nothstein battle arson, together

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

The dog and the detective. Or in this case, Silver and Doug Nothstein.

Silver is a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever arson dog. Nothstein is a detective with the Bethlehem Police Department.

Together, they’ve forged quite the successful alliance since Silver became a member of the police department.

Nothstein from Lehighton said the process for Silver to become a member of the Bethlehem Police Department has been a project two and a half years in the making.