Northwestern Press

Monday, January 27, 2020

LYNN TOWNSHIP: Jacob’s selling fastnachts

Friday, January 24, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Columns

Jacob’s Church, Route 143, Jacksonville, Lynn Township, is having its annual fastnacht sale.

Choose from either a half-dozen or dozen plain or brown sugar and cinnamon.

To pre-order, call Donna Smith at 610-298-3405 or Faye Billig at 610-298-2271 by Feb. 18.

Pickup is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Feb. 22 or from 8:30-10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 23.



Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

Middle School Principal William Dovico

The new kid on the Northwestern Lehigh block is William Dovico, who is about six years into his role as principal of Northwestern Lehigh Middle School.

But he’s a local guy, having been in the area quite some time.

He earned degrees from Kutztown University and Penn State, and is currently working on a graduate degree from Lehigh University.

His favorite sport is baseball.

District News

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

Northwestern Lehigh’s school board meets in the district board room. The next meeting will be 7-9 p.m. Feb. 19.

Kindergarten registration will take place 8 a.m. March 4 and 5 at Weisenberg Elementary.

For information, go to

On Feb. 14, the middle school will be dismissed at 10:50 a.m.; the high school at 11 a.m. and the elementary schools between noon to 1 p.m. for a teacher in-service day.

There will be no school Feb. 17 for Presidents Day.

Northwestern Elementary

Principal Maria Pulli’s mom reads to NWE students

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

Northwestern Elementary School Principal Maria Pulli, who has Pa. Dutch roots, welcomed her mother, Ann Rossillo, to the school on Dec. 16, 2019.

She came as a guest reader for the first grade and kindergarten students.

Rossillo read “Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas,” by Chet Williamson, to the students in the morning.

“My mom’s side of the family is Pa. Dutch,” Pulli said. “Years ago, probably about 15 years, my sister bought my mom this book, “Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas.

Steinsville Road Bridge expected to open on Feb. 4

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

The Steinsville Road Bridge, between Route 143 and Clover Road, Lynn Township, is closed for repairs. The bridge was originally built in 1921.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Safety Press Officer Sean Brown said in an email Jan. 13 to The Press, the work which began on Dec. 6, 2019 is scheduled to be completed Feb. 4.

Brown noted that the Route 143 bridge was built in 1926.

The work is part of a larger Lehigh Valley Bridge Preservation and Repair project for five structures in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

District News

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

There will be an in-service day on Jan. 20, and a floating in-service day on Jan. 21.

The first day of Spring semester classes will begin on Jan. 22.

Middle school

The price of the middle school yearbook will increase Jan. 20. Order yearbooks no later than Jan. 17.

Northwestern Elementary

Report cards will be distributed on Jan. 27.

Weisenberg Elementary

The first grade Singing in the Snow concert will be presented 9:30 a.m. for students and 2 p.m. for parents on Jan. 29.

LYNN TOWNSHIP: Living Stone offering community meal

Friday, January 10, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Columns

Special to The Press

I no longer make grand New Year’s resolutions.

Like most Americans (80 percent) I fail miserably on my promises to get in shape, and improve my career and relationships before the end of the year.

I found that smaller manageable actions lay the foundation for bigger and better things to come.

And I’ll bet daily walking around your neighborhood is much easier and less expensive than promises to join a gym.


It was a ‘chili’ night at the New Tripoli Hotel

Monday, December 30, 2019 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

Jacqueline Russ-Harford, owner of the New Tripoli Hotel, recently welcomed chili lovers for the hotel’s annual Chili Cookoff.

Proceeds from the Nov. 16, 2019, fundraiser, went to Starting Over Animal Rescue, Schnecksville, and Forgotten Felines and Fidos, Heidelberg Township.

Both nonprofits care for unwanted animals.

The event also raised money from a Chinese auction, where donated baskets were bid on by attendees.

Coming in third place was Peter Gorman, chef at the New Tripoli Hotel.

He won a $25 New Tripoli Hotel gift card.

Northwestern Elementary has two fundraisers

Monday, December 30, 2019 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

Northwestern Lehigh Elementary students, parents and staff gathered inside and out for two events in November.

They were a two-step fundraiser, planned to help generate funds for Northwestern Lehigh Elementary field trips, special assemblies and educational events.

On Nov. 12, 2019, the Wild West-themed pep rally kicked off one fundraiser by getting students pumped up and explaining student involvement.

At the Wild West pep rally, the winner of the fifth grade T-shirt contest was announced.

A high school concert first

Monday, December 30, 2019 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in School

The end of 2019 marked a first for the Northwestern High School Music Department.

It was the first time in six years the high school had a full-time concert band and chorus director.

Before then, Assistant High School Band Director James Lykins, M.Ed. directed both the middle and high school bands.

This year, Lykins enjoyed the performance from the audience section.

The new concert band and chorus director, Allison Kline M. Ed., has nine years experience in band, marching band and choral direction within the Mahanoy Area School District.