Northwestern Press

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New board member added

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Three people, Chad Christman, Shawn Wanamaker and Gary Van Norman, applied for the position of Washington Township supervisor after the resignation of Gerald Phillips.

Norman, who was chosen and was seated at the May 2 meeting, will fill out Phillips term for the remaining seven months.

“Thank you for the opportunity,” he told the audience and his fellow board members.

Norman had to resign from the planning commission and applications for that position are being accepted.

Sierra Leone principal attends school board meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sulaiman Sengeh, principal of Centennial Secondary School in Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone, recently spent two days at Northwestern Lehigh School District as part of an exchange program.

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Holman and science teacher Peter McKnight visited the Centennial School a year ago.

Sengeh attended an April meeting of the school board.

He told the board the visit was assisted by Engineers Without Borders and the Rotary Club that went to Africa to help put the school back on its feet after a civil war.

Weaving goes well with wine at Weathered Vineyards

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Dana and Richard Woolley of Weathered Vineyard, Weisenberg Township, joined a dozen vineyards in the Lehigh Valley area in 2013.

Richard serves as the vintner, but his previous job as a meteorologist took them to New York, Nevada and California where they investigated the wine industry, as it was Richard’s hobby for many years.

Debbi Zvanut teaches weaving baskets a year ago as part of Wine and Weaving Night at the vineyard.

There are also other crafts and a great deal of interest has been shown in the events.

Some nights there are more than 20 attendees.

Voters to pick four for school board seats

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Voters in the Northwestern Lehigh School District are being asked to choose four people from the six candidates seeking seats on the school board in the May 16 primary.

All candidates have cross-filed.

Todd Hernandez and Phil Toll, are seeking to return to the positions they now hold.

Alan L. Rex of Lynn-port says the environment in Washington, D.C., is not forgiving to public education.

“That means we have to be diligent on a local level,” Rex explained. “Policies from the state and Washington, D.C., have to be studied for how they affect local issues.

Curriculum being updated

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Several students attended the Northwestern Lehigh School District board meeting on April 19 to give presentations.

They participated in the Pledge of Allegiance before the meeting and President Bill Dellicker said it was nice to hear the young voices reciting the pledge.

Curriculum documents for music and physical education were presented.

Shawn Fies, Carol Fella and Lora Krum gave the musical presentation and Tim Churetta and Bonnie Millward discussed physical education.

Fire company QRS truck passes inspection

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jay Scheffler, chief of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, announced at the April 20 meeting of the Heidelberg Township supervisors that one truck has passed state inspection for Quick Response Service equipment.

A second truck will soon be ready for inspection.

He said Bake Oven Knob Road has nonexistent dust suppression. They have answered three calls recently.

One of those times it was foggy which made it terrible. He said the police were also tired of it.

Tiny house builders visit school board

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Teacher Monica Reiss turned third- and fourth-graders into architects as they built tiny houses out of cardboard.

Reiss told the Northwestern Lehigh School Board, at a recent meeting, the program started by viewing an episode of “Tiny House Builders.”

The students created and designed tiny houses so they could make a community incorporating real-life architecture.

The houses were sketched on graph paper and included certain requirements. Each student had a checkoff sheet to be sure each item was included. They could add extras but not subtract from the list.

Snowflakes, bumblebees and inchworms highlight photography contest

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The photography contest held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center for the fourth year was the largest ever.

One hundred fifty-two photographs were submitted and 90 were chosen for exhibit.

The jurors were Phil Campbell, Paul Laincz, Josh Finsel and Anita Collins.

Categories were Insects and Amphibians, Macro of Nature, Your Backyard within Walking Distance, and Youth.

Both the first and second places in the People’s Choice award were in the youth category.

Student reps give report

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Elizabeth Fornauf and Paige Stitzel, student representatives, began their report to the Northwestern Lehigh School Board April 19 with a sports update.

In track and field, the girls were 5-1 overall in the Colonial League with three meets left. The boys were 3-3 overall with three meets left.

In baseball, Northwestern was 5-3 overall in the Colonial League and 3-2 in their division. Softball was 5-3 overall in the Colonial League and 3-2 in their division.

May 7 marks 102nd anniversary of the Lusitania sinking

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Rick Smith from Stroudsburg recently visited the Palmerton Area Historical Society to discuss the sinking of the Royal Mail Ship Lusitania during World War I.

He said everyone born before the late 1960s probably heard of the Lusitania.

The ship’s sinking, became, as with the Maine in the Spanish-American War, a call to battle and was as devastating as 9/11 in the aftermath due to the propaganda.

The RMS Lusitania at the time was the largest and fastest ship built, beginning in 1904 and launched in 1906.