Northwestern Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Northwestern alumnus returns after living in Bhutan

Friday, March 13, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

When Bryan Gensits graduated from Northwestern in 2013, he could never have predicted he would find himself studying in a small Asian country halfway around the world, let alone becoming the first international student to complete a Master’s degree from a university in Bhutan.

Six years later, Gensits is initiating a new venture.

“A partner in Bhutan and I have started a tour company, Bhutan Marathon Tours, which specializes in designing tour packages around the premier races in the country,” Gensits explained.

Elvis musical promises to shake up audiences at Northwestern Lehigh

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

The increasing popularity of rock ’n’ roll in the mid 1950s signaled doom for many adults but freedom for most teenagers.

This is the very premise of “All Shook Up,” premiering next week at the high school.

This musical comedy is constructed around songs immortalized by Elvis Presley, though it is not structured as a biography in the same way as the recent films about Freddie Mercury or Elton John.

Among the most famous songs featured in the play are classics like “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “All Shook Up.”

Local theater group performs ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Kutztown’s Talisman Players made it easy for play goers to see a perennial favorite right in their backyard.

The family friendly, “Emperor’s New Clothes” scorned the winter snow and opened at the Georgian Room, Kutztown University, the weekend of Jan. 17.

Set in an exotic mythical country in the Far East, the premise of the play is delivered by Zar, played by Liz Weimar, and Zan, portrayed by Megan Laudenslager: “It is easy to make foolish people do what you want them to do.”

STEAM has fifth graders bubbling with excitement

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

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.

Sweater season brings warm memories

Monday, December 30, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

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.

Dave Evans’ grand cycling dream

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

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.

Historical society invites community to celebrate

Friday, December 6, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

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.

Charlie Brown classic premieres this weekend

Friday, December 6, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

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.

SADD stresses safety during Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

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.

Veterans discuss their service at middle school program

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

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.