Parkland Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

New fire department leader hired

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Township Manager Renee Bickel has reported Chris Kiskeravage was selected for a full-time position as fire commissioner.

At a recent meeting, Bickel said Kiskeravage will be paid from the fire tax which took effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

“He will be a liaison between the township and the fire companies,” Bickel said. “He will provide consistency and oversight.”

Kiskeravage, who will join the staff in November, will work out of the township building, and will report to Chief of Police Glen Dorney, Bickel explained.

County board honors Northern Lehigh Club

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Sept. 25 honoring the Northern Lehigh High School Patriot Club.

Club founder, U.S. Army veteran and Northern Lehigh teacher Scott Gerould accepted the honor.

He founded the club six years ago. There are 27 members in ninth through 12th grade and the club is growing.

He told commissioners the club has an offshoot, the Sons of Liberty, in the middle school.

Kinney questions sidewalk deferrals

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Over the past two decades, developers in South Whitehall occasionally asked for sidewalk deferrals in areas which did not have them in the vicinity at that time.

The understanding was that when the township was ready for sidewalk connections, property owners would be asked to provide them.

The late Steve Seyer, who served on the board of commissioners and the planning commission, often questioned the idea of deferrals and predicted the matter might cause problems later on.

Mackenzie’s office is ready to assist senior citizens

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Senior expo Oct. 24 will offer more information for older residents

Navigating the various state services available to senior citizens can be stressful.

Fortunately, I have a well-trained staff in my office to assist residents of the 134th Legislative District and answer questions they have about the state-offered programs.

One the most popular programs my office lends a hand with is the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

Upper Macungie remembers those lost on 9/11

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

First responder organizations serving Upper Macungie Township had their annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11 at Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown.

The solemn ceremony has become a tradition in Upper Macungie since the attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

Good Will Fire Company No. 1 Fire Chief William Gillespie was master of ceremonies for the event.

Pipers James Ruhf and Jim Baldree provided bagpipe renderings of sacred music and state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, was the keynote speaker.

Something was squirrelly in South Whitehall Twp

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Nothing can change a day in a newspaper office more than a power outage.

As this reporter arrived around 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 to the Parkland Press office, 1633 N. 26th St., South Whitehall Township, I learned the power in the area went out around 7:30 a.m.

After tracking down a PPL electric utility truck driven by Brian Walter, a lineman with the company, the cause of the outage was revealed.

“A squirrel took out the line,” Walter said.

“It climbed on top of the transformer and was electrocuted.”