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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.

Kempton artist preserves local landscapes on canvas

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

Nestled among a patchwork of lush greens in every hue, local barns and other structures create a picture that evoke the quiet and simplicity of times past.

These scenes continue to inspire Kempton artist Gene Allen, who seeks to document them for local folks now and for the future.

By his own admission, Allen is most interested in “preserving the old by painting the rapidly disappearing landscape.”

“One of the reasons we settled here is because the landscape is so beautiful [especially] the juxtaposing of nature and the manmade buildings,” Allen said.

Young artists display work at annual Northwestern show

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

The high school library was recently transformed into a veritable art gallery.

On display were paintings, ceramics, pillows and a wide array of craft items wrought in Kathy Kehs’ art classes for students to view during the day and the general public to enjoy in the evening.

“They’re so talented,” said senior Amanda Summers as she toured the display. “I’m not artistic at all so I’m really impressed with everything done in clay and the drawings and paintings.”

Kehs said the works on display were either “teacher selected or student requested.”

Miss Smith goes to West Point

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

Graduation is a joyous time for high school seniors with new experiences within reach.

For Abbie Smith, these new experiences will begin at West Point with the realization of a long-held dream.

“[Congressman] Charlie Dent [R-15th] called me while I was at track practice, doing off season prep,” she said. “When I heard the voice mail my heart actually stopped for a minute. A huge weight lifted off my shoulder.”