Five fifth graders huddled around a table.
Behind their safety glasses, their eyes were fixed on three high school students swirling a liquid, heated with an infrared thermometer.
No one blinked as a balloon expanded to the point of bursting, thrilling the onlookers with a loud “pop.”
This was no ordinary day at the high school STEAM Lab.
This was the day high school students demonstrated what they had learned to their elementary counterparts.
The event was not only about spectacle but about explanations as well.
As a few snowflakes fell on ice-glazed branches, friends walked the path leading to the warmth of Gene and Marianne Allen’s house for one main reason – sweaters.
The small group had come to honor their dear friend, Marge Wirth, by celebrating her love of sweaters and choosing a few they would wear in remembrance of her.
Arranged in rows and covering the entire dining room table, in every color and weave, were the sweaters, waiting to be admired.
Among the ooohs and aaaahs, Marianne Allen urged her friends to try on their favorites.
It’s rare that people keep their New Year’s resolutions, but recently retired teacher Dave Evans was determined to keep his.
No sooner did Evans wrap up a 31-year teaching career as a Northwestern Middle School teacher than he was off to Banff, Canada, poised to embark on a two-month bike adventure of a lifetime.
“I wanted to jump start my retirement with something special,” he said. “The conditioning left me in better shape at the end than when I left.”
The trip was a long-held dream, but it began to take shape when Evans turned to Adventure Cycling.
The invitation has been issued.
The vault at the Old New Tripoli Bank Building on Madison Street, New Tripoli, will be open for curious eyes.
Cookies will be arranged, waiting to be gobbled up. And for a few hours, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7, visitors can take a step back in time, a time where the beauty of oak and iron were sturdy signs of a bygone era.
The Peanuts gang get at the heart of the holidays when one of the most-beloved Christmas stories comes to life on the Northwestern Lehigh High School stage just as the season begins.
The endearing story, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” is based on the iconic comic strip written by the late Charles Schulz. An animated television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” premiered in 1965.
The wreckage of a vehicle strategically placed on the lawn of Northwestern High School during October and November was hard to ignore.
Members of Students Against Destructive Decisions were banking on exactly that.
“Our goal was to make people aware of the effects of drugs and alcohol and of destructive decisions that could potentially harm them,” Ashley Shukla, vice president of the organization said.
To get their message across, SADD planned a day-long event in the high school library.
On the day expressly designated to honor America’s veterans, Northwestern Middle School hosted four people who serve our country.
Air Force Master Sgt. Nicole Dunlap, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Steve Petres, National Guard Lance Cpl. Austin Blackwell and Army Nuclear Biological Specialist Alfred Stirba IV addressed eighth graders, delivering presentations and sharing their military experiences.
“[We wanted] to share as many of our branches of service with our students as we can, since many are considering the military for their future goals,” Event Coordinator Wendy Madouse said.
As the nation honored its veterans this Nov. 11, the Northwestern Lehigh Veterans Memorial Committee is moving forward with plans to construct a memorial at Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township.
The memorial will honor the service of all local veterans who took the oath of enlistment and served honorably from the Revolutionary War to the present, regardless of location served or combat experience, including veterans who will be called to serve in the future.
Members of the Foreign Language International Club at Northwestern Lehigh High School staged a scaled-down version of Oktoberfest in early October.
Their version of the popular celebration featured food and music.
“A student made sausages with potato roll sandwiches and we ate pretzels, too,” said Paul Tomlin, adviser. “We played polka [tunes] and other popular German music while the kids ate. It went really well.”
German teacher Ella Koch made an appearance over Flex to join in the festivities.
Voters used paper ballots to cast their votes on Election Day and the process could very well be a time saver for those manning the polls while increasing the safety of the votes.
“The paper ballot gives us security,” said John Rauch, judge of election for the Lynn Township New Tripoli polling station at the fire company.
“This is one of the bigger [voting] sectors in this area.”
Voters appeared comfortable with the paper ballot, which made this year a type of test run for next year’s presidential election.