Parkland Press

Friday, June 23, 2017

Board OKs $1 million in spending

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Looking toward the next school year, the Parkland School board approved more than $1 million for purchasing new technology devices and updating existing computers.

The largest expense is $710,125 for 2,300 Chromebooks for middle school students in grades six through eight.

At the May 16 meeting, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations Tracy Smith explained during the May 16 meeting the district has a three-year plan for ensuring every student in grades three through 12...

Father, daughter dance June 16

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

S. Whitehall

Girls are invited to bring their dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers to the South Whitehall Township Daddy and Daughter Dance 6-8 p.m. on June 16 at Springhouse Middle School, 1200 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall.

Semiformal attire requested. There will be a disc jockey, photo booth, food and prizes.

There is a fee per couple, and per additional daughter.

Purchase tickets at the South Whitehall Township building via cash or check made out to South...

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union Lutheran Church VBS to begin June 25

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will offer “Maker Fun Factory” for Vacation Bible School 6-8 p.m. June 25-30 for children ages 3 through fifth grade.

The evening begins with a free meal 5:45 p.m. for participants, their families and any interested adults.

While the children are attending their fun and learning sessions, adults are invited to a Bible study at the same time.

In order to have sufficient materials, preregister by June 19.

Call 610-767-6884 for...

Parkland Senior Academic Award Recipients

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in School

Roland J. Wotring Scholarship: Patrick J. Ferry, Brooke A. Shimer, Sarah C. Young

National Merit Finalists: Nadim M. Amin, Mandy Dang, Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Hyunbin Kim, Anna Y. Li, Natalie L. Ondrey, Arvind S. Parthasarathy, Derrick C. Shi, Yogeshwar Avinash Velingker, Joshua C. Yang

National Merit Special Scholarship Candidates: Simon Chen, Hayley Isabella Sandoval

National Merit Air Products Scholarship: Anna Y. Li, Arvind S. Parthasarathy, Derrick C. Shi


Parkland student receives Altruism Award

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in Local News

Parkland High School senior Alyssa Oakley was recently selected to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award for her dedication to her academics, her involvement in numerous activities as well as her volunteer work and commitment to her peers and the community.

Assistant Parkland High School Principal Jude Sandt and Special Education teacher and PALS Club Advisor Amanda Keifer spoke on Oakley’s behalf calling her a fantastic student who will be sorely...

Board to review burning ordinance

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Neffs Fire Chief Jim Steward presented North Whitehall supervisors with a request to clarify some sections of the burning ordinance.

He opined some of the definitions should be clarified as sometimes the firefighters are brought into neighbor squabbles because of different interpretations of the ordinance by the parties involved.

He asserted their duty is fire safety, not enforcement. Supervisors will look into the matter.

Steward also told the board the Neffs Fire...

Allentown Fair accepting applications for 2017 queen

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen, who will represent the fair’s mission during the event’s Labor Day week run and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit organization, which has been operating the fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties.

An ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate enthusiasm for the Allentown Fair, local farming and the...

Local harpist enchants community and beyond

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

Madeline Rose Link, Maddie, to friends and family, is a humble 19-year-old woman who has accomplished many things before reaching her 20s.

She is a skilled harpist who has performed at various events including weddings, and she even performed a solo at Musikfest.

The only child of Steve and Kathy Link, Maddie is also legally blind.

“The genetic disease I have means I can’t see in bright light,” Link said. “Outside, I can’t see at all.

“For a long time they thought...

Class of 2017 Top 3 percent out of 773 students

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in School

Alexander Bushinsky, Nicholas Benjamin Carri, Victoria R. Cervantes, Simon Chen, Alana Marie O’Connell Dee, Rachel G. Eichman, Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Serena Claire 3 Johnson, Aneesh Arun Kapoor, Jerry Law, Anna Y Li, Esther Lui, Sai Krishna Mallipedhi, Ana Paula Martinez, Arvind S. Parthasarathy, Ojas V. Patel, Shaumik S. Phadke, Max Prehl, Blake E. Sidleck, Lisa C. Stein, Max H. Stempel, Yogeshwar Avinash Velingker, Allison M. Wilcox and Joshua C. Yang.