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‘Elf’ initiates holiday season at Northwestern Lehigh

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

In the tradition of many holiday classics, “Elf the Musical Jr.,” is mainly about keeping the spirit of childhood alive and renewing family connections.

The play aptly premiers the first three days of December at Northwestern Lehigh High School.

Adam Lebrecht stars as Buddy Hobbs, the title character.

“[Buddy’s] kind of the outrageous funny guy,” Lebrecht said. “He’s put into a society where he doesn’t really know the rules.

Trump wins in Northwestern’s mock election

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

In a mock election at Northwestern Lehigh’s High School, Donald Trump was the decided winner with 62 percent of the vote.

Hillary Clinton garnered 27 percent of the ballots, 8 percent went to Gary Johnson and 3 percent went to Jill Stein.

“We had 355 students cast their votes which is 79 percent of those students who registered,” said Jeremy Smoyer who aggregated the data. “We had 28 more students vote in the NWL mock election this year than did in [the mock election of] 2012.”

First-time voters urge everyone to cast their ballots

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

With the general election just a little more than a week away, first time voters, despite some trepidation, are looking forward to casting their ballots for the highest office in the land.

As with many Americans, the new voters are conflicted about making their final choice because of the candidates themselves.

“I think they’re both wild cards,” Dominic Mertz said. “They’ve both done some iffy things in the past, Hillary with emails. Trump is not really a politician.

New Tripoli Hotel owners want to preserve historic building

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

With a new name and even a new roof, owners Jackie and Carl Harford have hopes of restoring the iconic building on Madison Street, New Tripoli, while building their clientele.

At the grand reopening Oct. 1, the Harford’s couldn’t help but count their blessings.

“There is history here,” Jackie Harford said. “They don’t make [buildings like] this anymore. This is forever. We just [want to] celebrate that this place is not going anywhere.

Harford said she loves the old building and the history of the building.”

Northwestern Lehigh crowns homecoming queen and king

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Friday night lights sparkled in spite of the drizzle and the damp as an enthusiastic Tiger stadium celebrated homecoming, crowning Emily Witt as queen and Dominic Mertz as king.

“I was super happy but I was more than a little shocked,” said Witt, who found a matching red umbrella to go with her red dress just in case.

“It was a nice surprise. I see myself as a positive person, but not one that would be nominated,” she said. “I always thought the popular kids got on the court and I didn’t see myself as one of them.”

Article By: ANNA GILGOFF Special to The Press

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Seeking to appeal to an increasing number of customers who are women, service stations and auto dealers are looking to hire more females to diversify their work staff.

So when Anna Barnett was hired at 309 Auto and Tire, New Tripoli, it wasn’t all that revolutionary.

“I always had an interest and love of cars but I never thought about [making it a career] being a female, but when I realized I had the potential, I took it by the horns,” Barnett said.

She knows how to use a wrench

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Seeking to appeal to an increasing number of customers who are women, service stations and auto dealers are looking to hire more females to diversify their work staff.

So when Anna Barnett was hired at 309 Auto and Tire, New Tripoli, it wasn’t all that revolutionary.

“I always had an interest and love of cars but I never thought about [making it a career] being a female, but when I realized I had the potential, I took it by the horns,” Barnett said.

Volunteers prep for Ontelaunee Park train station dedication

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Ignoring the heat wave, some eight members of the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society fulfilled their mission on a hot Saturday in July.

Under the protective shade of the big barn in Ontelaunee Park, they dipped their brushes into buckets of linseed oil cut with turpentine and went to work applying it to an old wagon that was likely made in Stein’s Corner decades ago.

Willard Snyder was pleased with the work.

“The historical society is hysterical about the turnout,” he said with a jovial smile. “It was fantastic.”

Justin Arifaj couldn’t agree more.

Retired NWL teachers perform a little night music

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Jan Pavelco and Patrice Tritt’s motto may very well be “It’s never too late to learn.”

Five years ago, the two retired Northwestern Lehigh teachers decided they wanted to make music, so they picked up some instruments and joined an orchestra of like-minded folks.

Tritt chose to return to her original instrument.

“I played the trumpet throughout high school,” said Tritt, of New Tripoli.

Pavelco, who lives in Orefield, decided to learn the violin, fulfilling a wish she always had.

“We rehearse every Thursday,” she said.