Parkland Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

Kutztown graduate and Secret Service K-9 to receive British medal

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Secret Service K-9, Hurricane, and handler Officer Marshall Mirarchi, a 2005 Kutztown University graduate, will be honored with the The People’s Dispensary For Sick Animals Order of Merit medal by the United Kingdom’s leading veterinary charity, PDSA, for Hurricane’s outstanding devotion to duty.

Known also as the “Animal Royal Order of the British Empire,” Hurricane is the first non-British animal to receive the honor.

A night at the ‘Museum’

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

“Museum,” written by playwright Tina Howe, brings 25 student actors together in multiple roles at Parkland High School’s intimate Black Box Theatre.

The comedy involves a hapless museum security guard dealing with a variety of people viewing a group show of three fictional contemporary American artists titled “The Broken Silence.”

The play pokes fun at the grouping of colorful characters exhibited along with the “art” in an American museum of modern art on the last day of the show.

U. Macungie police officers honored

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Three of Upper Macungie’s finest recently received recognition for a good deed in which they were involved.

Police Officers David Malischewski, John Sassaman and Philip Shedaker were instrumental in saving the life of a person who was in cardiac arrest.

They attended to this individual until the emergency medical service crews arrived.

Police Chief Edgardo Colón read the proclamation extolling the officers during the township supervisors’ Sept. 5 meeting.

Mackenzie’s office is ready to assist senior citizens

Thursday, October 3, 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 Twp fire departments receive new breathing apparatus equipment

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

All three Upper Macungie Fire Departments were able to replace their outdated self-contained breathing apparatus as the result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. The $230,000 grant was used to replace older models of Scott SCBA with the Scott Air-Pak X3 Pro SCBA, which meets NFPA 1981/1982, 2018 Edition standards for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

The new units were delivered to Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, where members from Good Will, Fogelsville, and Upper Macungie Station 56 unboxed and assembled the new units, in preparation for service.

Fitness fest Oct. 19 at LCCC

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, and its foundation will host a fall fitness fest on Oct. 19.

This year’s events are focused on raising money for student scholarships and LCCC’s Cougar Cabinet food pantry, created to address food insecurity among LCCC students.

The partnership with United Way funds the Allentown Food Pantry, while the partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank benefits both the Allentown and Schnecksville food pantries.

Monetary or food donations are appreciated anytime and on the day of the event.

Playground update given for park

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

South Whitehall will be launching a capital campaign this fall to collect donations for updating the playground and restrooms at Covered Bridge Park.

Parks and Recreation Manager Mike Kukitz explained the need for the new equipment during the Sept. 18 township commissioners’ meeting.

“What we have is from the 1990s,” Kukitz said. “It is not up to snuff with what playgrounds can be nowadays.

“We need more challenging play equipment.”

He noted all kinds of new attractions such as zip lines, electronic items and balance apparatus are available.

Class of 1959 celebrates 60th reunion

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh’s high school class of 1959 celebrated its 60th reunion Sept. 20 at the Parkland Restaurant, South Whitehall.

There were 52 students in the Class of ’59, however, one classmate died during the school year leaving 51 graduates.

Willard Snyder, Class of 1959 advisor was also able to attend with his wife Lucille. Snyder taught business at the high school.

He and his wife were tasked with keeping a quilt created by the late Rose Fenstermacher, a class member.