Northwestern Press

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Farmland preservation celebrated

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Fink family honored for having Bicentennial Farm

State and county dignitaries were recently welcomed to David and Sonia Fink’s Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville.

The June 7 visit had a dual purpose.

This year, Lehigh County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation are celebrating 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production in both the commonwealth and in the county.

More than 5,270 farm owners, have preserved over 550,000 acres in Pennsylvania, which leads the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.

New Jersey woman charged

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced May 17 a New Jersey woman has been charged in relation to an overdose death which occurred in 2016.

Meredith Corbet, 28, of 909 Adrienne Avenue, Greenwich Township, Warren County, N.J., was charged with one count each of drug delivery resulting in death and conspiracy to commit drug delivery resulting in death, both felonies of the first degree.

Sunflower seeds benefit birds, memorial scholarship

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

When Imogene Marie Dietrich died March 16, 2017, at age 59, her husband and high school sweetheart, Bill, knew he had to find a way to honor her memory.

As Imogene loved sunflowers, Bill decided to plant a field of the bright yellow flowers next to his Germansville home.

When the flowers were ready for harvesting, Bill took the sunflower seeds and bagged them to sell as wild bird food.

A 1975 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, Imogene and Bill married in 1973.

The couple had two children, Steven Dietrich and Stacey Scanlon.

Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers welcome new advertising director

Friday, April 6, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Business Showcase

Terry Plinke has been named the new advertising director for the Lehigh Valley Press’ eight weekly newspapers.

Plinke started her career in medical laboratory sales in 1976.

She and her husband, Richard, worked together in Outdoor Marketing Systems, creating transit advertising for bus shelters and on buses.

Born and raised in Reading, Berks County, the mother of three adult sons and her husband live in the West End of Allentown.

Fire damages Bagel Bunch

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Day’s legislative office temporarily closed

A devastating fire, which broke out just before 8 p.m. March 22, has severely damaged the Bagel Bunch restaurant, and temporarily closed the legislative office of state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th.

Both are located in Star Plaza at the intersection of Routes 309 and 100, Heidelberg Township.

According to Lehigh County Assessment records, the strip mall is owned by DDDT, LLC, Allentown.

Chief Jay Scheffler of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, spoke with The Press on March 26.

Yu’s mom speaks with The Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Esterly awaits extradition from Florida

Runaway teen Amy Yu, 16, has been returned to her mother, Mui T. Luu, and brother, John Yu, in Allentown.

Yu ran away on March 5 with Kevin Esterly, 45, of Lowhill Township.

He is awaiting extradition back to Allentown from Miami, Fla.

Luu spoke to The Press at her home on March 19 about her daughter’s return.

Her minister sat close by during the interview.

“I am very happy she is home safe and I know where she is,” Luu said.

“John is very happy Amy is back home.”

Luu said Yu was brought home by Allentown police 4 a.m. on March 18.

Crime Stoppers offering reward in connection with robbery at Weis

Friday, February 2, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers is offering cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the man wanted in connection with a robbery at Weis Market, Schnecksville.

According to Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers, troopers responded at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 31 to the Weis Market, 5020 Route 873, North Whitehall Township, for the report of robbery.

Police say an older gentleman was standing in front of a lottery kiosk at the front of the store and a white male was standing behind the him.

She’s quite a crafter

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Germansville woman wins 3 blue ribbons at fair

Dianne Rice of Germansville is quite a quilter. And, she has the blue ribbons to prove it.

At the urging of Kim Fenstermacher, the fiancee of her son, Robert Hughes, she entered a few of her quilts and a pillow in the Bloomsburg Fair at the end of September.

Thanks to Fenstermacher’s efforts, and working on and off for weeks and months on her crafts, paid off as Rice brought home three blue ribbons and an honorable mention for her work.

She won a blue ribbon for her “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt, for which she found the pattern in a book by Eleanor Burns.

Teens face hearing after possible threats made at Parkland High School

Monday, December 11, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Two 15-year-old boys are being detained in a juvenile facility after the Parkland School District received information Dec. 4 of possible threatening action to be initiated by two students at the high school before the Christmas break.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and South Whitehall Township Chief John Christman announced the investigation regarding the threat via email on Dec. 11.

According to Martin’s office, information concerning this threat was given to South Whitehall police Dec. 4, and an immediate investigation was begun.

Dougherty returns to District 2 seat

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Incumbent Lehigh County Commissioner Percy H. Dougherty, a Republican, will be returning to his seat representing residents in District 2.

According to Lehigh County Voter Registration, Dougherty garnered an unofficial 6,211 votes in Tuesday’s Municipal Election to the unofficial 5,080 votes received by Shoaib Chaudhary, a Democrat.

With 100 percent of the districts reporting, Dougherty took 54.87 percent of the vote to Chaudhary’s 44.88 percent of the votes cast.

During the campaign, Dougherty told The Press he understands the problems seniors face.