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Fall presentation, ‘Eat Your Heart Out,’ features 20 skits

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

When the Northwestern Lehigh fall drama debuts Nov. 30, audiences will notice some major differences from past performances.

Instead of seeing one play, they will view 20 skits performed all in one night under the title “Eat Your Heart Out.”

“I was really intrigued when I first found out we were doing this, ” said Aaron Green, vice president of the high school drama club.

“It’s not like a traditional show. It gets to showcase individual talent.”

Green said everyone gets time in the spotlight.

Local artists to be spotlighted at Werleys Corner Hotel show

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Long known for fall festivals and genealogy workshops, the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society is hosting a three-day art event Nov. 3, 4 and 5.

Featuring work by seven of its members, the event is aptly named “Work of Our Hands.”

Werleys Corner Hotel, Weisenberg Tiownship, will serve as a unique space where visitors can view paintings and pottery, fused glass and Frakturs, woven baskets and woodworking and cards and calligraphy surrounded by the society’s permanent collection of historical items and memorabilia.

Fall rivalry spurs Spirit Week celebrations at Northwestern

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

It isn’t enough for longtime rivals to meet on the football field and fight for a win. Not when bragging rights are involved. And for these reasons and more, Northwestern traditionally displays its Tiger spirit just before meeting Northern Lehigh’s Bulldogs on the field.

Spirit Week, celebrated this year Oct. 16-20, is more than a single game. Classes are suspended Friday afternoon so the entire school can participate in a pep rally that celebrates athletes of every stripe, as freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors bring their own “game.”

Fire company’s Guns and Cash is a successful bash

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Anyone driving through New Tripoli Sept. 23 could see the Community Fire Company’s “Guns and Cash Bash” was wildly successful.

A packed parking lot teeming with cars, fire trucks, ambulances and folks gathered under a huge tent told the story.

“The whole reason this came about is because we want to redo our station and expand the square footage of [the current facility],” said Scott Koenig, special events committee chairman. “We do a lot smaller things [to raise money, but] we needed a way to meet the mortgage payments so we came up with Guns and Cash Bash.

Audience in the clouds as teen idol Bobby Rydell makes their hearts sing

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

When Joanna Schmeidel read in the Parkland Library newsletter Bobby Rydell was going to be in the Lehigh Valley, she called her sisters Carol Saint Sing and Jeanne Sabol and made plans to attend.

They weren’t disappointed.

“We’re Rydell fans from way back and we like being together,” Sabol said. “The music just got to me. I enjoyed it tremendously.”

The three sisters counted themselves lucky to be among the 100 registered guests at Independent Park, Breinigsville, on a beautiful Friday in September.

Article By: ANNA GILGOFF Special to The Press

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

School spirit went viral among the sold-out crowd at Tiger Stadium Sept. 22 as Morgan Moss and Willem Birgel were crowned queen and king at this year’s Homecoming celebration.

“Of course I was so surprised when I found out I was [one of those selected to the court] but now that it’s all settled in I feel honored to be part of something older than myself,” Moss said.

“I wasn’t expecting getting on until someone else told me they voted for me,” said Birgel, expressing his surprise. “I really appreciate all of the nice things people have said to me after I won.”

Fundraiser Saturday for hit-and-run victim

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

When a car hit Scott Becker leaving him with life-threatening injuries, the owners of the Lynnville Hotel knew they had to react.

On Sept. 23, Melissa and Kevin Monaghan will have a Chinese auction and more, as a show of support in an effort to raise $5,000 for Becker who remains hospitalized.

“Five thousand dollars shows him the love we have for him and [what] the people he doesn’t even know will do for him,” said Melissa Monaghan, who is spearheading the fundraiser. “He can use it.

“We’ve only known him for about six months but I love Scott.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Couple make gardens brighter, greener at local fire hall

The New Tripoli Fire Hall is looking a little greener lately thanks to the efforts of two neighbors determined to bring summer color to the front of the building.

Sandy and Terry Jenkins have taken up the task of turning the soil, installing a variety of plants and watering the two gardens flanking the front door of the building.

Plants included Brown-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia triloba), white edged hostas and sedums among others.

“We had so many hostas to divide,” said Sandy Jenkins, modestly, pleased to put them to good use.

Students display best works at annual art show

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

The wide range of colors reflected in paintings and sculpture were a sharp contrast to the dreary, gray weather on the night of the annual Northwestern Lehigh High School art show.

A variety of works spotlighted the high school’s best artists and artisans in a range of charcoals and paint, ink and metal and paper and mixed media. Some 400 works were on display.

Kathy Kehs, high school art teacher, commented on the display.

Musical favorites a hit at high school concert

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

The cool temperature of the middle school auditorium was the perfect complement to the cool musical sounds that reverberated in the space as the high school music department rolled out its spring concert during this past school year.

The concert featured perennial favorites including medley pieces ranging from highlights of “Beauty and the Beast” to selections from “Batman the Dark Knight Rises.”

Matt Seier said the pieces were selected with the audience in mind.

“People will be more willing to come and support the band if they’re familiar with the music,” he said.