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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.

NWL teacher had special chemistry with students

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

Steve Gensits retires after 32 years in the classroom

When school starts in September, Steve Gensits won’t be there to welcome students to the world of chemistry in his tie-dyed lab coat.

“What I always wanted from any job [was] to make a difference,” Gensits said, just days before closing his classroom door one last time. “I just needed to be creative and have autonomy, to have personal integrity, to be allowed that.”

By all accounts, Gensits was true to his mission.

Twilight concert draws crowd to winery

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

It couldn’t have been a more perfect summer night.

A large crowd of music lovers packed the barn at Pinnacle Ridge July 8 while smaller groups clustered in intimate bunches along the terraces and in the corners of the scenic winery.

Inside the spacious barn, overstuffed chairs and settees welcomed guests meeting up with family and friends under strings of lights crisscrossing above them.

Frog Holler took the stage, performing two unhurried sets.

Science team earns honor at state competition

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

Northwestern Lehigh’s high school science team placed eighth at the State Science Olympiad Competition at Juniata College this spring, ranking higher than they did last year, and earning the highest rank of any high school in its region.

“We took 15 competitors and a couple of others that [participated in] some trials,” teacher and club advisor Bob Biese said. “The top six teams from each of the six regions get to go. We were first in our region.”

“The kids did real well,” teacher Dave Moyer said. “We took eighth place in the state.

Dave Moyer retires after teaching nearly 30 years at NWL

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

As students wrapped up another school year, science teacher David Moyer was wrapping up a 28-year career of teaching science at Northwestern Lehigh.

“When I first moved into this room I had all brand-new equipment,” he said looking around for one of the last times. “We made candy canes in the lab but they were all white.

“I did the firefighting lab and those were sort of a culmination of the course.

“We would go outside and set fire to diesel fuel in the ball field.