Parkland Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

‘Crazy’ tournament planned for charity

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


Putt U, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley, will celebrate its 20th anniversary by holding “The Craziest Mini-Golf Tournament Ever” 9 a.m. July 14 and will donate a total of $4,000 to local charities.

In this special tournament, golfers must play 18 holes with anything but a regular putter. No golf clubs are allowed, so players are encouraged to bring the most creative and outrageous gadget they can use to putt with. Prizes will be awarded to the person with the lowest score...

Emmaus baker’s chocolate cake wins first place

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Seventeen chocolate cakes found their way to the Schnecksville Community Fair June 23, the last day of this year’s fair.

Doing their best to sort out the chocolate cakes were judges Carolee Smith of New Tripoli, and Mike Loder and Tiffany Williams, both from Schnecksville.

The race was close as the judges ate cake, drank water to refresh their pallets and keep their spirits up as they worked their way through all 17 cakes.

When the final fork dropped and decisions were...


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

·Center for Animal Health and Welfare, Easton, is seeking volunteers to walk dogs, assist with morning cleanings, attend off-site events to promote the shelter, cat and dog enrichment and general shelter help.

Contact Walt Hoffman at 610-252-7722 ext. 4 or

·Meals on Wheels of Northampton County, Bethlehem, is seeking meal delivery volunteers 18 and older.

Contact Keri Young at 610-691...

Board OKs water projects

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to two major water line replacements totaling more than $500,000.

Hickory Circle, projected to cost $275,000, received the go ahead with a bid of $198,000 awarded to Bellview Pump.

That lower-than-expected bid was in contrast to the higher-than-anticipated amount for Sieger Drive.

Although the work was forecast at $200,000, the lowest bid of three submitted was offered by Jaoa Bradley Construction at $309,757.


Washington Twp woman charged in fatal crash

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Jennifer Gerczak, 27, of 4020 Main St., Washington Township, has been charged with two counts of careless driving, a summary offense, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced July 9.

According to Martin, at approximately 11:23 a.m. Dec. 21, 2017, Trooper Tyler Herrera, with State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, was dispatched to the scene of a crash, which occurred at 5832 Kernsville Road, North Whitehall Township.

Upon arrival, he found a 2013 Kia Soul, driven by...

Garden club awards scholarship to Parkland student

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by BRENDA BACHMAN in Local News

The Parkland Garden Club recently awarded its annual scholarships of $2,000 to Cole Connolly, and Habeeb Salau, who will be given his award at a later date.

The award was presented by Sue Weber, scholarship chairman.

Connolly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Connolly, is a graduate of East Penn School District. He will attend Pennsylvania State University.

He will major in biological engineering and horticultural sciences.

A National Honors scholar, Connolly has been...


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Last week with the excessive heat wave in the Lehigh Valley, I overheard some of my neighbors talking about taking their kids to a local water park.

Shortly after hearing that conversation, I received an alert from about an article titled “July is Peak Time for Illness from Feces in Pools.”

The article dated June 28 and written by E.J. Mundell talked about the safety of recreational swimming in summer.

Summer is a time when many Americans spend their days...

Help for veterans being offered

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, will host veterans assistance hours in his district office in at the Lower Macungie Township Administration Building, 3402 Brookside Road, Lower Macungie Township, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 13.

Veterans will be able to meet with an outreach specialist from the American Legion to discuss available benefits and services.

Services available to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension, death...

Upper Macungie board meets newest police officer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors met the newest officer with the police department, John Sassaman III, of Allentown, at their June 7 meeting.

Sassaman, a graduate of Kutztown University, previously worked with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition, Upper Macungie Detective Adam Miller was honored for his work in the apprehension of the drug supplier who caused the death of Nicole Wertz in February 2015.

Due to his tenacity, and information given by...