Northwestern Press

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Heidel Hollow welcomes visitors during Open Gate Farm Tour

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Melanie Fink said Open Gate is the one day of the year when Heidel Hollow Farm is open to all so people can see what goes into farming.

The farm is operated by the sixth generation of the Fink family — David and Sonia Fink, and their son Mike and his wife Melanie. Family friends come to help on Open Gate day.

Heidel Hollow and Mike Fink’s second farm in Potter County encompass more than 2,000 acres.

This year, 300 acres of pumpkins were raised which were shipped as far as Chicago.

UCC board members challenged

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A resolution to establish a Uniform Construction Code appeals board was the main subject at the Oct. 3 Washington Township supervisors meeting.

Previously they shared a board with Heidelberg and Lynn townships.

Josh Karoly asked how the people chosen were qualified and if the need for members was advertised.

Josh Friebolin said when an appeal comes up the question of board makeup would be answered.

“You are closing comments without giving an answer. Who can tell if the person is qualified if you can’t. Are board members paid?” asked Karoly.

History comes alive at Pioneer Day

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The weather was on everyone’s mind at the Oct. 7 Pioneer Day held by the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society at Ontelaunee Park.

The lack of rain was even given credit for more animals being on exhibit for petting, as the weather was too bad last year to bring the animals.

At 10:30 a.m. parking spaces were rapidly filling. Descendants of the Zeisloff family came to have their picture taken at the original family home, the Zeisloff House, which was moved to the park.

They had called Ginny Woodward for information about this year’s Pioneer Day.

Crusade 4 Hope helps families in need

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Crusade 4 Hope is a local charity based in New Tripoli with Joe Madar as the guiding force.

The primary beneficiary of the Sept. 23 Motorcycle and Classic Car Run fundraising was Owen Rex, 16 months, who has cancer, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Motorcycle run registration was held, as it is every year, at the Bagel Bunch, Routes 309 and 100, New Tripoli.

The end point, with raffles, Chinese auction, music and food took place at the Slatington Skeet Club Grove pavilion.

Wright announces retirement

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

Superintendent Mary Ann Wright of Northwestern Lehigh School District said it was with mixed emotions she ends a 32-year career in public education.

The announcement was made at the Sept. 20 school board meeting.

Her career at Northwestern began in 1985 student teaching with Roxanne Davis, whom she terms an “incredible role model and mentor.”

Wright served as a teacher, principal and superintendent at Northwestern and said her success came from the work and dedication of students, employees and the community.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center launches kids’ book club

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is launching the Budding Naturalist Book Club — a new interactive nature club for children ages 4-6, on Sept. 28.

The club will meet at 10 a.m. every other Thursday to provide a nature-themed story time and educational activity. Binoculars, butterfly nets, art supplies, and other materials will be provided for the outdoor adventures and crafts that accompany each program.

Heidelberg draft budget presented

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Janice Meyers, administrator, presented a draft of the 2018 budget to the Heidelberg Supervisors at their Sept. 21 meeting.

Real estate taxes will cover $260,178 of income. The transfer tax and earned income are $470,000.

There are neither federal nor state grants included at this time. Fireman’s Relief is $24,000 and the state pension contribution will be $23,000.

Total income will be $1,028,903 with $50,000 added from fund equity to make the total amount available $1,078,903.

Equipment sold to highest bidder

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Ed Ziegler asked Washington supervisors where the sale of township equipment was advertised as he had not seen it.

He was told the sale was advertised in the TIMES NEWS daily paper, Lehighton.

Bids were opened and two were accepted with the third rejected and due to be re-advertised.

A 1995 chipper went for $1,500 and a spreader sidewinder sold for $400.

A 1988 Ford dump truck was bid at $488 but the bid was rejected.

In other matters three military personnel and a student were exonerated from paying per capita taxes.

Class of 1952 gathers for 65th annual reunion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Before 1955, many students living within what is now the Northwestern Lehigh School District traveled to Slatington, some by rail on the Berksy, to attend high school.

Head of the Slatington High School Reunion Committee Julia Hill worked at Northwestern Lehigh for 30 years.

She organized the class’ 52nd reunion at the Starlight Diner, Fogelsville.

Two couples came long distances to attend. One came from Gettysburg, the other from State College. Three of the couples at the celebration married classmates.

Historical society fest offers food, fun and education

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The sound of slap, slap, slap could be heard by visitors at the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society fall festival Sept. 9 at Werleys Corner.

The sound came from boys playing beanbags without any rules and the bags were bouncing off the targets and each other — but they were having fun.

Carl Mengel was back with Carlos, his goat that pulls a wagon.

His first goat that came to the festival has arthritis and can no longer pull the wagon. The second goat is too old, so Carlos, 5, has taken the reins.

The name Carlos is derived from Carl and Louise, his wife.