Parkland Press

Saturday, January 18, 2020

UPPER MACUNGIE: St. John’s Lutheran Church offering free community dinner

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., Fogelsville, is hosting a free community dinner 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17.

The meal includes chicken potpie, applesauce, salad, dessert and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call the church office at 610-395-5535.


Parkland Library is offering a “Growing Adventurous Eaters” class for adults with registered dietitian Kim Slack of On Your Table from 10:30 a.m. to 11...

Devastating fire leads to new friendships

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

In addition to the volunteer firefighters from six companies who responded just before noon Jan. 7 to a devastating two-alarm blaze at Drobot Automotive, 3221 Mauch Chunk, North Whitehall, three individuals have come to the assistance of shop owner Beau Drobot, of Germansville.

Jesse Probus, Dr. David Roy, owner of North Whitehall Chiropractic and Drobot’s good friend Josh Haines, owner of Back Home Bagels Deli and Bake Shop in Schnecksville, met on Jan. 9 at the Willow Street Pub,...


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Do you remember when we were young?

We played outside, and always had fun.

We always were running, and played lots of games;

Our friends joined in

whenever they came.

We had no worries, we had no cares,

We always had lots

of stories to share.

We played ““Kick the ricky,” “Burn the base”

We ran around

all over the place.

“Mother may I?” “Hide and seek,” “Hop scotch,” too

And, other games that were good for you...

Hanukkah project benefits Second Harvest and food pantry

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

When Hanukkah is about to begin at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, the adults and children meet together to plan their ChanuCan project, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank as well as the Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley.

This project began in 2011. At Temple Beth El, the project is directed by Shari Spark, coordinator of Ritual and Services, as a project of Jewish Family Education.

Meetings were held, teams were organized and the 2019 theme selected was “Jewish...

North Whitehall board readies for the new year

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

As with every township of the second class in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, North Whitehall supervisors carried out their yearly board reorganization session on Jan. 6.

Ronald Heintzelman was appointed board chairman while Supervisor Mark Hills was designated vice chairman.

Brenda Norder will continue her role as township secretary, treasurer and chief pension administration officer, and Christopher Garges was reappointed to serve as township manager.



Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Born in the 1950s, I have lived in or through seven decades as we enter this new year.

Never did I consider the year 2020. Graduation dates — from high school, from college — were the milestones to be reached.

Maybe it’s the symmetry of the numerals — 20 and 20 — that has led to this journey through mental imagery.

I remember being escorted single file to the lowest level of my elementary school and told to face the concrete wall outside the boiler room.


Guest View

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

With everyone getting their financial papers together for their tax returns and working on cleaning out the clutter of 2019, I have once again introduced a House resolution to bring awareness to the crime of tax identity theft and what you can do to protect yourself.

My House Resolution 649 specifically recognizes the week of Jan. 27-31, 2020, as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.

Tax identity theft is when someone files a fraudulent tax return using another...

Presentation encourages students to think about climate change

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in School

Parkland High School students from all grades and science classes gained some insight into ongoing efforts to reduce the effects of global warming during a presentation on climate change and carbon capture processes on Nov. 25, 2019.

The guest speaker was John Cirucci, of North Whitehall Township, is an adjunct research professor at Arizona State University and a retired chemical engineer with Air Products.

The presentation was organized by Sean Flueso, physics teacher and high...

School board reviews bus garage replacement

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

The Parkland School Board reviewed a proposal, during the Dec. 17, 2019, workshop, for restoration of the bus garage which burned in a fire nearly two years ago.

District officials report although funding money has been available from Liberty Mutual Insurance, the replacement structure has to be brought up to code.

Director of School Services Dave Keppel reported the new facility will have restrooms, a sprinkler system, heat and will be compliant with Americans with...