Parkland Press

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Chosen Words

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Opinion


I wonder who invented beds to rest our tired, weary heads.

I don’t know how we’d do without a bed where we can just stretch out.

When you buy beds you just can’t lose, you have a lot of kinds to choose;

water, brass and even wood, Check it out, make sure it’s good.

Mattresses are always fun to try to buy the perfect one.

Not firm, not soft, just check the rack, but, get the one best for your back.

You’d think that one would be impressed,...

Orefield Middle School places second at reading competition

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

With names such as “Chapter Raptors” and the “Novel Nifflers,” 253 area middle school students organized into 21 teams and competed on April 11 at Lower Macungie Middle School.

They all were seeking top honors in reading comprehension during the Reading Olympics.

Organizers gave each team a list of 45 books to read.

Team “Columbian Book Weasels” from Orefield Middle School placed second.

Each team member received a copy of “Refugee” by Alan Gratz.


Students participate in Law Day ceremony

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Parkland and Allentown Central Catholic high school students presented compelling legal arguments on the First Amendment and student speech as they related to school dress codes and student walkouts during Law Day ceremonies May 1 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Allentown.

Parkland students Ryan Azar, Rishika Rohatgi and Kaitlin Shaul and Allentown Central Catholic students Anahbell Gonzalez, Morgan Dietz, Anna Hadded and Dylan Ferareza served as...

Plant workshop offered July 24

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Penn State Extension is offering a managing invasive plants workshop 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 24 at 4184 Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall.

Managing invasive plants will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to properly identify invasive plants and to develop strategies for treatment and control.

Invasive weeds and pests are a major threat to the state’s natural and cultivated landscapes, spreading quickly and displacing or killing native plants.


‘Today is practice for tomorrow’

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Class of 2019 President Danielle M. Colapietro, carrying the class key, led approximately 758 of her classmates toward a new chapter in their lives, receiving their high school diplomas at Parkland High School’s commencement ceremony June 11 at the PPL Center, Allentown.

The procession of seniors dressed in red and gray gowns walked into the arena as the high school band, under the direction of Jason D. Lerew, performed “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar.

Welcoming the...

New food pantry working to ‘crush hunger’ in the Parkland area

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A new food pantry — Parkland Community Aid Reaching Every Student— will open its doors June 19 at 5074 Kernsville Road, Unit 4, Orefield.

Katrina Sundstrom, executive director with Parkland C.A.R.E.S. said the food pantry, down the road from Kernsville Elementary School, began as a simple food drive to honor one of Parkland’s own.

Sundstrom, her husband Rich, daughter Sydni and son A.J. held a food drive to honor late bus driver Gary Smith.

“Mr. Smith was so much more...

Board OKs property maintenance code

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall supervisors had a public hearing before the board’s regular June meeting to discuss the adoption of the property maintenance code for the municipality.

Jeff Bartlett gave a short description of the ordinance before adoption along with some changes he suggested were necessary.

After the hearing was closed, the ordinance was adopted.

Rich Townsend asked for some clarifications of certain parts of the ordinance and after Solicitor Lisa Young explained the...


Thursday, June 13, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

In 2018, the police blotter published in the April 18 edition of the East Penn Press included an accident report from Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Fogelsville, reporting on a man getting hurt when his vehicle drifted off the road, hit a ditch and two trees, overturned and struck a pickup parked in a driveway.

The reason?

According to police, the driver took his eyes off the road while trying to retrieve his cellphone from the floor where he dropped it while pulling it...