Northwestern Press

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Friedens Lutheran youth present Christmas fantasy

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Betty Davis, director of the children’s program at Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run, said the youth were too young the past few years to present a full-fledged musical but as they got older she wanted to try again.

That program became a reality when “The One and Only Original Christmas Factory, a Christmas Musical Fantasy Celebrating the True Meaning of Christmas” was presented as part of the Dec. 9, 2018, church service.

Eleven youth and the senior choir were involved in the presentation.

Davis said the first kids’ program was in 1990 during Desert Storm.

Christ’s Church at Lowhill donates to Autism Society, Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Money donated by visitors to view the Christ’s Church at Lowhill’s Lights of Wonder presentations was recently given to the Autism Society, Lehigh Valley chapter.

Jason Ruhe, organist, is in charge of the Lights of Wonder program and, when a photo was taken of all those who helped with that presentation, there were many from the church family.

Wanda Kalusky and Cindy Smith do the outreach for the church.

Smith said they had the best attendance, 1,500, in the history of the program which began in 2014.

The Jacobs Brothers celebrate Christmas and patriotism with song

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rev. Hal Hopkins recently welcomed visitors to Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, for a gospel concert by The Jacob Brothers.

“We are glad you are here,” Hopkins said at the Dec. 8, 2018, event. “We will be led in worship by the Jacobs Brothers.

“Send our warmest wishes and welcome them. I pray this will be a joyful evening for you.

The music began with a clap-along song and the words “This love is way way, yes, two ways, down inside of me.”

“Gospel music means good news,” Mike Jacobs said.

Moment of silence for late firefighter

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence was requested at the Heidelberg supervisors’ December 2018, meeting in memory of Richard Witt, a longtime member of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, and liaison with the township, who died on Dec. 6, 2018.

“It’s a pleasure, was a pleasure working with him,” Supervisor David Fink said.

In other matters, NOVA Ambulance Corps responded to 23 calls in November 2018 with one handled by another responder.

Lock Ridge Furnace presentation given at banquet

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Lock Ridge Historical Society is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the No. 7 Furnace at Lock Ridge in Alburtis.

Historical society President Kevin Shoemaker brought his message about the birth of the iron industry in Alburtis, the canals, railroads, buildings and construction, equipment, and production procedures to the Weisenberg Lowhill Historical Society’s annual banquet Nov. 13 at Ziegels Union Church Breinigsville.

Shoemaker, who brought along a PowerPoint presentation, also discussed the daily life of the workers and their families.

Christmas comes early to Gap Nature Center

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The piles of evergreen branches on the porch of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s Osprey House, Slatington, say Christmas is coming.

And the Nature Center helps Christmas come along during its annual open house.

Director Dan Kunkle said the branches came from John and Barbara Egerton and from the Nature Center.

There were pine cones and ribbon for trimming.

And, inside, there were crafts for children to make, and snacks for everyone — though the adults were also having fun with the crafts.

Cookies, crafts and Santa ... what could be better?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The craft tables at the annual Weisenberg Lowhill Historical Society Christmas Cookie and Soup Sale at Werleys Corner were filled with more crafts than in other years.

This was thanks to Debi Zvanut who went hunting for new items to interest the youth who came to the sale.

Chief among the crafts were trees and reindeer made of cork to be decorated with the variety of items Zvanut brought along with her.

Historic bank opens it vault for holiday open house

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

When the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society has its annual holiday open house, as it did Dec. 1, visitors are amazed at the collection of memories.

Some individuals have been inside the old New Tripoli Bank building, now home to the historical society, before and wonder what new items they will find.

Others are newcomers, surprised at the depth of the collections.

Willard Snyder, who worked at the bank, said it is amazing how many former bank customers he meets there. He was treasurer of the New Tripoli Fire Company for 30 years and an officer at the bank.

Tax rate remains steady

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors announced at their Dec. 4 meeting the tax rate will remain at 0.3 mills.

That means on $10,000 of assessment, the tax will be $30.

Office and work crew will receive 3.5 percent pay increases.

A new Stop the Bleed program will be part of firefighter training.

In the $1,596,866 budget that was approved, each fire company will receive $22,000, up $2,000 from past years.

There were more than 100 per capita tax exonerations for former residents who have moved from the township or who have died.