Parkland Press

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Doll display until Dec. 28

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Allentown Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown, will display some of the 400 dolls in its collection until Dec. 28.

The vast assortment of dolls from many different countries were donated by Harriet Backenstoe and Dorothy Knauss to the library.

In addition, the library is selling an appetizing cookbook called “What’s Cooking at the Library: 100 Years of Good Taste.”

For a small additional fee, purchase a navy blue canvas bag to go with the book.


Belsnickel to visit on Dec. 21

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

PA German

Pennsylvania German Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown.

Rumor has it the Belsnickel, the Pa. German Santa, will visit.

The public is invited to this free meeting.

Parking is available in the lot across Tacoma Street. Use ground floor “Office” entrance.

For information, call 610-285-6326.

Pork dinner on Jan. 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Members of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 16th and Chew Sts., Allentown, will be cooking a pork and sauerkraut dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2018.

The meal includes pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dessert and beverage.

For information, call Jennifer at 610-437-2531 between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Board officers re-elected

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board members have re-elected David Kennedy as president and Lisa Roth as vice president for the next year.

This will be the third term in that position for each of them.

Kennedy, who is in his 21st year on the board, commented on the work ahead.

“I rely heavily on the team of 10,” Kennedy said. “We are a very transparent board. The new school that’s in the works will be an exciting project moving forward.

“We’ll continue to improve academics in...

CNN Heroes

Monday, December 11, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Parkland High School 2010 graduate Samir Lakhani is running for CNN’s 2017 Hero of the Year Award for his founding and work with Eco-Soap Bank.

The bank is a global initiative that recycles leftover hotel soap and distributes them to Cambodia and villages in need of improved hygiene.

Lakhani requests the community’s support.

Votes can be cast for him at

The deadline to vote is Dec. 12.

The winner will be revealed...

Teens face hearing after possible threats made at Parkland High School

Monday, December 11, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Two 15-year-old boys are being detained in a juvenile facility after the Parkland School District received information Dec. 4 of possible threatening action to be initiated by two students at the high school before the Christmas break.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and South Whitehall Township Chief John Christman announced the investigation regarding the threat via email on Dec. 11.

According to Martin’s office, information concerning this threat was given to...

UPPER MACUNGIE: Churches having Christmas Eve services

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s UCC, 1027 Church Road, Fogelsville, will have two Christmas Eve services.

The regular service will be 10:30 a.m. At the 7:30 p.m. service, there will be candlelight communion.

There will no Bible Study or Sunday School, but there will be a coffee hour after the 10:30 a.m. service.

For more information, call the church office at 610-398-7015.


St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1028 Church Road, Fogelsville, will have three services with...

Eighth graders hunt for history at open house

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School eighth graders received lists of items to find in the old bank building museum during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society’s annual Christmas open house in New Tripoli.

When they found something on their list, the students were to listen to the docent’s explanation and then ask a question.

At that point, the docent would stamp their paper. One visit to a display was required but many of the students collected more.

The papers were then...