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.
Under a star speckled early fall sky, Lily Seyfried was crowned Homecoming queen and Harrison Bernhard was crowned king at one of Northwestern’s signature events.
Seyfried emerged as queen from a field of girls voted to the court by the members of the class of 2020 that included Bailey DeJesus, Caroline Fogal, Alexandra Hallingstad, Stephanie Moneymaker, Jordan Rottmann, Sydney Sevrain and Veronica Walker.
Pioneer Apple Fest promises to be better than ever this year, with a variety of activities, food, crafts and history to engage even the hard to please.
Sponsored by the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society, the event in its 15th year, will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Ontelaunee Park, 7344 Kings Hwy, New Tripoli, as in the past.
At a board meeting in mid-September, Mary Warfel and Sally Smith of the Pioneer Apple Fest committee shared a lengthy menu of activities and events that are on the docket for this year.
There’s something magical about spending a weekday morning at Leaser Lake in Lynn Township after the weekend crowds subside.
Just ask Joe Klach.
Over the years, Klach, who proudly labels himself “a scientific angler,” has spent countless hours fishing at the lake.
“I’ve taken my passion and my science degree to catch fish,” he explained.
For him, fishing at Leaser Lake is an organic experience.
As a careful observer of certain conditions including wind, sun and even the phases of the moon, he has been able to maximize his love for fishing at the lake.
Northwestern alumnus Katelyn Morrison was selected by United Nations Academic Impact as one of 14 college students at the University of Pittsburgh to participate in an elite program created to foster a culture of intellectual social responsibility.
Morrison will be working at the university where she is currently a junior.
“I was in shock that I got selected,” she said. “But I was very excited when I found out.
“This year over 7,000 undergraduates applied [but] only 6 percent of the applicants were selected.”
Ontelaunee Park recently became a bubble paradise thanks to Northwestern Elementary’s Partners in Education.
The children could not have been happier as they dipped giant wands into large, plastic pans of sudsy water, and then released spectacular iridescent bubbles that lifted high into the air.
PIE President Erica Seither, who orchestrated the fun, enjoyed the festivities with her two children, Chase, new to sixth grade and Layla, an up-and-coming third grader.
She said that bubble day at the park was in its second or third year.
Volunteer firefighters with Community Fire Company of New Tripoli welcomed members of the community to an open house June 23, so area residents could view the new building and marvel at the facility.
By all accounts, neighbors were duly impressed by the spacious new station that houses fire trucks, related vehicles and even a Cetronia ambulance.
“We had the rooms open and did tours of the building, and there were hot dogs and cake.” said Dana Christ, Fire Chief Peter Christ’s wife,
The facility now has larger office space, meeting rooms and a kitchen.