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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Motivational speaker coming to Union UCC

Rayna DuBose, whose career projectory changed when she was stricken with a deadly bacterial disease necessitating amputation of all four limbs, will speak at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services March 12 at Union United Church of Christ, Neffs.

The all-time leading basketball scorer at her high school, DuBose received a full athletic scholarship to Virginia Tech.

After a lengthy hospitalization for her illness and challenging therapy, DuBose returned to college and earned her degree.

She has received numerous awards and has made appearances on TV.

Parkland Community Library seeks to expand at present site

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

With limited space for programs and new materials, and thousands of books in storage, representatives of Parkland Community Library have asked South Whitehall commissioners for help planning a building expansion at the existing location along Walbert Avenue, next to the South Whitehall Township Municipal Complex.

Library Director Debbie Jack told the board, at its Feb. 1 meeting, the present 5,400-square-foot facility is inadequate.

Commissioners seek to restore historic Mill House

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have awarded a $29,950 contract to MKSD Architects for Phase I of a project leading to restoration of the Mill House at Covered Bridge Park.

Director of Parks and Recreation Randy Cope said piecemeal improvements have been made to the structure, which according to Lehigh County assessment records was built in 1850, over past years.

When the township shifted its Christmas lighting to the Covered Bridge and Mill House, employees realized updating the building would enhance the display and the park.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Italian buffet to benefit Union Lutheran youth programs

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will host an all-you-can-eat Italian dinner buffet 4-7 p.m. March 4.

The event is a fundraiser for church youth programs.

Menu includes salad, breadsticks, chicken Marsala, baked ziti, white vegetable ziti, pasta with Alfredo or marinara sauce and sausage.

Tickets, with a discount, may be purchased in the church office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in advance.

They will also be available at the door.

Call 610-767-6884 for information.

Union Lutheran is running a used clothing collection to benefit youth ministries.

Schnecksville Grange celebrates a century of service

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Schnecksville Grange recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with public officials, members, and honored guests contributing to remembrances of past achievements, recognition of present projects and taking a look toward the future.

State Grange President Beth Downing presented membership awards and pins and gave an inspirational speech on the future of the grange during the special program in November 2016.

Membership awards began at five years and went through 70 years.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP NOVA having soup, cherry pie fundraiser

Thursday, January 26, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, is taking orders for soup and cherry pies.

Here’s a great way to help our ambulance corps while also having some great things to eat and enjoy.

There will be four kinds of soup available.

Call Julie at 610-262-7749 to place orders by Feb. 13 for pickup on Feb. 19 or 20.


If you’re looking for something pleasant to do on a winter Sunday, try the Souper Bowl Tailgate party at Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, 11:30-12:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Union Lutheran welcomes interim pastor

Thursday, January 26, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Rev. Mark Swanson has joined the staff of Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, as interim pastor.

He succeeds the Rev. Dennis Moore who retired in July 2016, after 20 years of service.

The Rev. Herb Gifford and the Rev. Gene Parker shared pastoral responsibilities for several months until Swanson’s arrival in November 2016.

Swanson explained his role as interim pastor with The Press.

“I’ll want to move the congregation in the way they need to go, to be a navigator and help the congregation stay on the right course to follow its mission.”

NORTH WHITEHALL Lions, Grangers give party for kids

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Upper Lehigh Lions Club and Schnecksville Grange worked together to present a children’s Christmas party for clients of Agape and Christ’s Church at Lowhill food pantries.

Held in the grange hall on an early December Sunday, 34 children and 59 adults attended the party.

The grange, with members doing the cooking, contributed the meal of macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, ice cream, cookies and drinks.

Members of Parkland High School’s Leo Club wrapped presents and helped Santa distribute gifts.

South Whitehall pavilion fees to increase

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

As South Whitehall opens the Covered Bridge Park’s rental calendar in January 2017 for the next year, new fees will be in place.

The previous rate, $25 for residents will increase to $75.

The $100 fee for nonresidents rises to $150.

Parks and Recreation Manager Randy Cope, at the Dec. 21 meeting, explained the increase is necessary to cover expenses.

“It costs us $75 a day to maintain the pavilions over the weekends,” Cope said. “We have to have someone come in overtime, two hours minimum.”

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP Churches having Christmas services

Thursday, December 15, 2016 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will have a family service with children’s message 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

The traditional candlelight service will take place at 8 p.m.

Come early to hear special music, 20 minutes before both services, by the choir led by Director Donna Henninger.

The youth group is selling a variety of Christmas candy, including milk and dark chocolate covered peanuts, raisins and pretzels.

There are also reindeer munch, walnut bark and several kinds of white chocolate covered items available.