Parkland Press

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Township welcomes personnel

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Randy Cope, director of township operations, reported during the July 17 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting that Mike Kukitz was hired as manager of parks and recreation.

His most recent position was with the Blue Mountain Recreation Commission in Orwigsburg.

Before that, he was executive director of the Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority, Slatington.

Cope stated Kukitz will step right in with the summer playground program which includes 450 children at three...

Three workshops

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Penn State

Join the Penn State Extension Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners for these exciting workshops Succulent Savvy, Today’s Hydrangeas and Pollinators and Your Vegetable Garden.

Learn about the wonderful world of succulents 10 a.m. – noon Aug. 10 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Room 224, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley.

This diverse group of plants are easy to grow with a few basic strategies.

Topics covered include popular varieties of...

Chosen Words

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Vacations are a lot of fun

and everyone should try

to take at least one every year,

don’t let life pass you by.

It doesn’t matter where you go,

or how you choose to get there;

As long as you “pack up and go”

and head for anywhere.

You’d be surprised how much

it does for you to be away,

from all your daily problems,

and have some time to play.

A sunny beach is always nice,

relaxing and serene;

...

Day offering seminar Aug. 8

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

LANTERNFLIES

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, is inviting area residents for a seminar about the spotted lanternfly 6 p.m. Aug. 8, at the Good Will Fire Company, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive plant hopper native to China, India and Vietnam.

It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County and has spread to other counties in the commonwealth.

The insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as...

Help available

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

DMVA

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs wants service members across the commonwealth to know they are not alone when it comes to facing this summer’s wrath like heat waves or flooding. The DMVA oversees the Military Family Relief Assistance Program that provides financial assistance to eligible service members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control.

“The extreme heat and heavy rains bring about...

Reunion set for Aug. 4

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

SCHNECKS

The Schneck family is looking for relatives who are descendants of Adam Schneck of the Schnecksville ancestry for a gathering 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville.

The original Schneck log house will be open before the reunion from 12:30-1:15 p.m. and again from 5-6:30 p.m.

There also will be cemetery tours to visit the grave sites of their ancestors in Union cemetery.

There will be family entertainment, commemorative T...

Door-to-door scams

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

AARP

Warm weather brings out the door-to-door solicitations.

Be cautious anytime a stranger comes knocking unsolicited, especially if the visitor is trying to sell you goods or services.

To avoid door-to-door scams, refuse to do business right on the spot.

Always ask for credentials and check with an objective third party to verify someone’s identity.

Never pay for services in cash and be wary of paying upfront for a product or service that will be...

EDITOR’S VIEW

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

It’s Sunday afternoon, and my phone has already rung a handful of times.

It could be Microsoft, alerting me that my software license has expired.

Or PECO, suggesting I stay on the line to talk to a representative about lowering my energy bill.

Or a credit card company, stressing that my credit is fine but I might be able to lower my interest rate.

Or the federal government, advising me that I owe income taxes and a warrant has been issued for my arrest.

It’...

Night Out on Aug. 6

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Upper Mac

Upper Macungie Township police will be participating in National Night Out 5-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at Lone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane.

This family-friendly evening celebrates the relationship between the police and the residents and businesses they serve, and their mutual interest in keeping the township a safe place to live and work.

This year’s event will feature food trucks, moon bounces, face painting, rides and amusements including a zip line, a beard contest with $...