Northwestern Press

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Four file to be on ballot for five NWL school board seats

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Four candidates are seeking one of the five open seats on the Northwestern Lehigh School Board.

Incumbents John Casciano, Joseph Fatzinger, Willard Dellicker and Todd Leiser have cross-filed on the Democrat and Republican tickets for the May 21 Municipal Primary.

In addition, Rachael Scheffler is waging a write-in campaign to be chosen as a school director.

Willard Dellicker

I’d like to run for one more term on the Northwestern Lehigh School Board and finish my tenure with my five Grandtigers who will all be graduating in the next four years.

Two hike to benefit cancer research

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kara and Bern Leibensperger of Kempton are on a crusade to benefit research in the cause of never-smoker lung cancer.

They became interested in it after meeting Margie Clapper, a researcher at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Janet Plasha, Bern Leibensperger’s sister-in-law, developed another form of lung cancer, involving the anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene (ALK) from which she has since died. Her husband is Bruce and they had two children.

The Leibensperger women had been walking the Appalachian Trail a piece at a time and covered 600 miles.

Board has special meeting

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

According to board minutes, Washington Township supervisors met April 10 for a special meeting to discuss the gun and group home amendments.

A motion was made amending the 2009 zoning ordinance to incorporate provisions regarding target ranges and regulations.

The regulations for group homes were also amended concerning large and small homes.

All ordinances inconsistent with the amended ordinances were repealed.

In other matters, John Kisthardt resigned from the zoning board and was made an alternate member. Aaron Oswald was appointed to the board.

Fingerling trout head for open spaces

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Eyed trout eggs were received from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission around Thanksgiving and put in a 55-gallon aquarium in Beth Harwick’s sixth-grade classroom at Northwestern until they reached the fingerling stage of growth — about two inches long.

This was the final step in the Trout in the Classroom program sponsored by Nestles Water.

Harwick said other teachers helped care for the fish, but she came in three times over Christmas vacation.

Clean Sweep gives Northwestern Lehigh residents a place to dispose of electronics

Friday, April 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rural Preservation Association of Northwestern Lehigh County is in its 22nd year, said Teena Bailey who chairs the annual Clean Sweep community cleanup.

The four township event was begun by Heidelberg Township Supervisor Dave Fink who participated in the statewide Pennsylvania Cleanways, she said.

The RPA performed roadside cleanups and, in the second year, took over the Clean Sweep program, which is held at the Lowhill Township Municipal Building along Route 100.

Basket bonanza

Friday, April 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Egg hunters gather at Hope Community Church

Easter egg hunters at Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township, received a chocolate bunny and a colorful drinking cup as they registered for the church’s egg hunt on April 13.

Inside the sanctuary, Pastor Ken Kalisz told the Easter story and included the fact eggs are associated with Easter because they are a symbol of rebirth, just as Jesus was reborn after his crucifixion.

The anxious, soon-to-be egg hunters then watched a 5-minute video, which included Jesus on the cross.

Children played the Biblical characters. A hay bale replaced the stone of the tomb of Jesus.

Firefighters to receive tourniquets

Friday, April 12, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Emergency Management Coordinator Sherry Graver told Washington Township supervisors at their recent monthly meeting St. Luke’s Hospital will be providing tourniquets for each fire truck, and a kit containing four more would be among the supplies provided for each fire company and the forestry task force.

In other matters, the board reported all townships in Lehigh County have approved the hazard mitigation plan. That makes them eligible to apply for grants.

Pennies flow at Ebenezer UCC party

Friday, April 12, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The social hall at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli, was filled with anticipation as penny party players gathered April 6 seeking to win a variety of prizes.

Chairwoman for the event was Anna Lou Fritzinger. Eileen Breininger arranged a basket raffle for the same day.

“It’s a lot of work but fun,” Breininger told The Press.

A special breakfast basket cost a $1 per chance.

Additional photos appear on page A8.

School board discusses the new turf

Friday, April 12, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Costs for replacing the turf surface on the athletic fields were discussed by the Northwestern Lehigh School Board during their March meeting.

Turf cost will be $3,055,900.

Turf professionals recommend the field be resurfaced at seven years.

However, Operations Director Arthur Oakes said in this area schools are finding it lasts 10 to 12 years. He said financing can be modified when they know how much usage the turf will be getting.