Parkland Press

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New Tripoli Bank mentoring team of college students

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

New Tripoli Bank is mentoring a team of Kutztown University students participating in the 2019 Conference of State Banking Supervisors Community Bank Case Study Competition.

Sasha-Lee Hayward, Melissa Jenkings, Wesley May and Zachary McGowan will be working with bank CEO and President Dave Hunsicker and Executive Vice President John Hayes to evaluate how New Tripoli Bank has been impacted by the 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act.

Rep. Day offers SEPTA key senior card application help

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th is reminding residents age 65 and older his office can help with applications for a free SEPTA Key Senior ID card. His district office is located in Star Plaza, 6299 Route 309, Suite 302, New Tripoli.

“I don’t want people to have to drive to SEPTA’s office in Philadelphia, so I encourage residents to stop by and take advantage of this convenient service,” Day said. “My staff will help seniors complete the application and then the card will be mailed to their residence.”

Board approves 2019-20 calendar

Friday, April 19, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board recently approved the 2019-20 district calendar.

Although staff will report for professional development the last week in August, the first day for students will be on Sept. 3.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak said the calendar follows the same pattern as previous years.

He noted the district tries to create a common calendar with Lehigh Career and Technical Institute so both schools generally follow the same schedule.

The calendar designates 183 days for students and 190 for teachers.

Basket bonanza

Friday, April 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Egg hunters gather at Hope Community Church

Easter egg hunters at Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township, received a chocolate bunny and a colorful drinking cup as they registered for the church’s egg hunt on April 13.

Inside the sanctuary, Pastor Ken Kalisz told the Easter story and included the fact eggs are associated with Easter because they are a symbol of rebirth, just as Jesus was reborn after his crucifixion.

The anxious, soon-to-be egg hunters then watched a 5-minute video, which included Jesus on the cross.

Children played the Biblical characters. A hay bale replaced the stone of the tomb of Jesus.

County controller seeks third term

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Glenn Eckhart has announced he is seeking a third term as Lehigh County controller.

When he was elected in 2011, five people in his office had more than 12 years of service to the controller’s office.

Currently, and after a completion of his next term if re-elected, Eckhart will be longest standing member in the department due to retirements.

“There is no way to teach experience, so I feel compelled to continue my role as a public servant to the citizens of Lehigh County and its future,” Eckhart said.

PPL introduces new children’s safety book

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

PPL Electric Utilities has found a way to deliver long-lasting safety messages to its customers — an eye-catching new children’s book.

“How We Stay Safe Around Electricity” is now available at no cost to school children in PPL’s 29-county service territory.

The 28-page illustrated book, meant for a fourth-grade audience, explains how electricity works and offers electricity-related lessons such as staying away from downed wires and calling 811 before digging.

PPL Electric Utilities has distributed more than 20,000 copies of the book across its service territory.

State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, appointed to Military Community Enhancement Commission Commission

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, has been appointed by Speaker Mike Turzai, R-28th, to the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.

The commission was put into law in 2014 with the primary mission to stay abreast of federal base realignment and closure activities, which have a major impact on military installations and economic development in communities across the commonwealth.

Paying for municipal campus upgrades

Friday, April 19, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Finance Steve Carr estimates the campus master plan project will cost $7.5 million to $8.8 million.

The actual amount will depend upon design features.

Carr stated the annual payments on the loan would range from $404,140 to $478,085.

He expressed good news for the township regarding financing.

“We can fund a lot of this with what is already in the pipeline,” Carr said.

He noted new construction projects in South Whitehall could yield $315,000 in new tax revenue this year.

Township needs larger work space

Friday, April 19, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

When the South Whitehall Administration Building opened in 1973, the population of the township and the number of employees were far less than they are now.

During the April 4 commissioners’ meeting, representatives of various departments described the shortage of space everywhere and the inadequate facilities for public and staff.

They brought along many photos to illustrate the need for expansion and improvement, even with some additions and renovations done to the structure in 1986 and 1993.

Jared Hanna seeks seat on county bench

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Assistant District Attorney Jared J. Hanna has announced he is running for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas in Lehigh County.

Hanna explained why he is running for office.

“I believe my love of the Lehigh Valley, my voracious interest in the law and my legal experience have given me a unique understanding of the challenges our community and courts will face over the next 10 years and beyond.”

This opening on the bench became available when Judge Carol McGinley announced she would be taking senior status.