Parkland Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Upper Macungie board honors Pavkovic

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie supervisors opened their recent monthly meeting by honoring Kenneth Pavkovic, vice chairman of the township planning commission, for his many years of service to the township.

Christopher Walls will be replacing Pavkovic on the commission. Pavkovic has served the township for approximately 20 years.

In other matters, representatives of the Parkland School District addressed the board about a tree problem.

Parkland librarian makes learning math fun for all

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Parkland Community Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes recently led kids in grades kindergarten through second in some creative math games.

These very active boys and girls joined the Bedtime Math Crazy 8’s Club using materials donated by a nonprofit group for teaching creative math.

The materials are available for a group of up to 16 children.

Eleven students attended the first six Thursday gatherings of the club.

Hoimes asked the children to count the number of breaths it took for her to blow up a small ball.


Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Local News


·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·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.

A-Treat accepting hero nominations

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News

A-Treat Soda, Orefield, has announced its first “A-Treat Heroes,” campaign honoring selfless individuals who are making an impact and giving back to the local community.

“Our community is comprised of many different kinds of heroes, from active volunteers at shelters, soup kitchens and nonprofit organizations, to community firefighters, police officers and doctors,” Luke Jaindl, A-Treat general manager, said. “It’s time these individuals were recognized for their compassionate actions.

S. Whitehall veterinarian publishes her first poetry book

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A South Whitehall Township veterinarian has published her first book of poetry.

Dr. Debby Cougar, a small animal veterinarian since 1996, said she accidentally wrote “14 Cats,” a 34-page book of personal loves, losses and heartaches.

“I don’t read poetry,” Cougar said. “If you told me I would write this five years ago, I would have laughed at you.”

The first poem, “Colors,” just came to her one fall day.

She shared it with her family and they liked it.

Celebrating the Groundhog

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Grundsau Lodsch Nummer Ains gathers for Versammling

Members of the Lehigh Valley’s oldest groundhog lodge, Grundsau Lodsch Nummer Ains (Groundhog Lodge Number 1), had their annual Versammling (meeting) at the Kutztown Grange Hall on Groundhog Day.

The Lodsch, 82 years old, ais the first of the 18 lodges to be formed in the region.

Once the evening Versammling begins, only Pennsylvania Dutch is spoken, leaving English only speakers at a loss.

When one looks around the hall at those who are conversing in Pennsylvania Dutch, the hope is evident for future generations to carry on the tradition.

Yahdee predicts five more weeks of winter

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Continuing the long Pennsylvania German tradition of predicting the end of winter, Grundsau (Groundhog) Lodge No.16, took mascot Yahdee and his “grandson” Lee to the banks of Jordan Creek, South Whitehall Township.

If, as legend has it, Yahdee would see his shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter. If no shadow appears, we would be in for an early spring.

As the temperature were in the low 20s on Groundhog Day, most on hand at the early hour of 7 a.m. were hoping for a shadow-less day.

School taxes to increase

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Parkland School Board has approved a resolution to increase taxes for the 2018-19 school year no higher than the 2.4 percent Act 1 Index calculated for the district by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Business Manager John Vignone said the department of education blends the statewide average weekly wage with the national employment cost index into a formula to derive a base index for each school district.

As Parkland is considered a wealthier school, its index is on the lowest tier. An economically challenged district would have a higher allowable index.