In their first encounter since the contentious Nov. 20, 2019, meeting, South Whitehall residents and commissioners came together Dec. 4, 2019, to express their thoughts on the appointment of Joe Setton to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Mark Pinsley.
Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented before public comments.
“We can’t have another meeting like the last one,” Morgan said. “Our vote was transparent and in full compliance with the laws.”
Residents, however, had a different approach to the matter.
Standing on a high point overlooking the community, the classic 1926 portion of Schnecksville Elementary School has been the focal point where generations of children received their education.
Now, Parkland School District officials have determined the building is inadequate for the needs of students and teachers today and would cost too much to renovate and bring up to code.
Instead of restoring the 93-year-old structure, the district plans to demolish it and construct a new addition on the southwest section of the property.
Confronted by a room overflowing with disgruntled residents, South Whitehall commissioners supplied reasons for their choice of Joe Setton to assume the position vacated by Commissioner Mark Pinsley.
Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan explained her reason.
“I wanted to bring someone in who didn’t have a predisposed opinion — someone who has an open mind,” Morgan said.
She added Setton brings balance to the board and is not a one-issue candidate.
At a morning news conference in city council chambers Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell and Police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. announced new additions to the city police department’s K-9 corps courtesy of donations from three organizations.
Stan and Tina Kanterman of Somerset, N.J., founders of the nonprofit organization, “Remembering Brian Kanterman Inc.,” announced a $13,500 donation for a patrol/narcotics dog and training, as well as seven weeks of room and board for the handler.
A ballistic vest for the dog was also purchased.
After completing a 13-week course on the Pennsylvania Deutsch dialect, 46 students received their Frakturstyle diplomas from class instructors Dave and Jean Adam.
The Christmas-themed graduation ceremony took place Dec. 5, 2019, in the social room of Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel were visited Dec. 16, 2019, by a group of happy dogs from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dog group.
Knowing the stress that first responders are subject to, Kim Blichar, director of marketing and public relations with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, invited the group to bring their dogs to the Operations Center on Broadway, South Whitehall Township.
The dogs visited with employees in the finance department, the dispatch center and the crew room where paramedics, emergency medical technicians and paratransit drivers await assignments.
Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 16th and Chew Sts., Allentown, will be having a pork and sauerkraut dinner 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1.
The cost of the dinner includes pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dessert and beverage.
For more information, call Jennifer in the church office at 610-437-2531 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.