Parkland Press

Monday, December 18, 2017

S. Whitehall police chief announces retirement

Friday, November 3, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police Chief John Christman will be retiring from the township in January 2018.

Christman, who led the 39-member police department, began as a patrol officer in South Whitehall 25 years ago.

He was elevated to chief in November 2015.

At that time, he received an outpouring of support from family, friends, police officers and public officials.

At the recent commissioners’ meeting, board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented on the chief’s service.

“We’re very sorry to see him go,” Morgan said. “He has many accomplishments.”

Local artists to be spotlighted at Werleys Corner Hotel show

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Long known for fall festivals and genealogy workshops, the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society is hosting a three-day art event Nov. 3, 4 and 5.

Featuring work by seven of its members, the event is aptly named “Work of Our Hands.”

Werleys Corner Hotel, Weisenberg Tiownship, will serve as a unique space where visitors can view paintings and pottery, fused glass and Frakturs, woven baskets and woodworking and cards and calligraphy surrounded by the society’s permanent collection of historical items and memorabilia.

Armstrong, Osborne vie for executive seat

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT DEBRA PALMIERI DPALMIERI@TNONLINE.COM in Local News

Two candidates are seeking to be elected to a four-year term as Lehigh County executive in the Nov. 7 Municipal Election.

The Press asked the candidates the following question: What would be your first priority if elected Lehigh County executive?

Phillips Armstrong Democrat

As Lehigh County executive, I will first develop open communications with the board and all departments. I will work hard on building a strong regional economy that attracts first-rate employers to our region.

Dougherty, Chaudhary seek District 2 seat

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Two candidates are seeking one spot as a Lehigh County commissioner in District 2, which includes the townships of South Whitehall and Upper and Lower Macungie and the Borough of Alburtis.

The Press asked the candidates the following question: As a Lehigh County commissioner, how could you help the senior citizens of the Lehigh Valley?

Percy H. Dougherty Republican

PPL, Jaflo provide food for Murphy the giraffe

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by The Press in Local News

PPL Electric Utilities’ tree trimming program is helping to feed Murphy, the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Masai giraffe.

Under a partnership between the utility and the zoo, Jaflo Inc., one of PPL’s tree contractors, is making deliveries of cut branches, also called browse, which the zoo uses to feed Murphy, the 16-year-old giraffe acquired earlier this year.

The zoo could not be more grateful to PPL and Jaflo.

Masai giraffe can weigh more than 2,500 pounds and they can eat 16 to 20 hours a day.

Adams’ ghostly tales are told at historical society meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Ghost stories without history are not ghost stories,” said Charles Adams III, as he began a talk to the Palmerton Area Historical Society at the Little White Church, Third Street, Palmerton.

Adams has written more than 30 books about ghosts beginning with “Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley.”

“It’s not a belief in ghosts; its understanding what they are,” Adams said. “To me, it’s just energy from a past time.

“Einstein said energy cannot be destroyed. If they tore this church down, my energy would still be here.”

Grammes, Elbich seek Lehigh County District 1 win

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Two candidates are seeking one spot for a four-year term as Lehigh County commissioner in District 1, which includes Coplay and Slatington boroughs and Whitehall, Lynn, Weisenberg, Heidelberg, Washington, North Whitehall and Lowhill townships.

The Press asked the candidates the following question: As a Lehigh County commissioner, how could you help the senior citizens of the Lehigh Valley?

Marc J. Grammes

Republican